All change on the Star’s business team

The Star's new business team, David Walsh and Jo Davison
The Star's new business team, David Walsh and Jo Davison
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Meet the Star’s new business team, David Walsh and Jo Davison, the duo tasked with bringing Star readers, Sheffield City Region businesses and employees the best news coverage...

They are very big boots to fill, says David Walsh, The Star’s new business editor.

“My predecessor Bob Rae joined this organisation in 1979 and was business editor at The Star for almost as long as anyone can remember. His vast knowledge and experience were a huge asset to The Star – and the local business community and it was a privilege to work with him.

Following his departure last month, the baton has now been passed to me. Some will already know me as editor of Business Monthly and The Business – our Johnston Press glossy magazine which covers all of Sheffield City Region.

I have spent 14 years with The Star, four of them on the business desk, and as the new business editor I am tremendously excited by the appointment of Jo Davison to the helm of Business Monthly.

Everything you need to know about her story ideas, interviewing and writing skills and all-round passion for the craft are laid out in this, the first edition with her as editor.

It is a quality product, I’m sure you will agree.

A new era begins today on The Star’s business desk and as the economy picks up and companies across the region blaze a trail into new markets and win new business we will bring it to you with clarity, readability and accuracy.

Johnston Press has made great efforts in recent years to transform itself into a modern media organisation, as comfortable in the new digital realm as it is in that of print.Follow us as we step into the future.”

David Walsh

Jo Davison comes to the role with 36 years of experience in journalism and 14 years as the Star’s Women’s Editor.

She is known to readers for her in-depth, emotive features and incisive and entertaining comment and columns.

Her skills are being brought to the Star’s business coverage, heralding a bright new direction for Business Monthly.

“My time as The Star’s women’s editor have been so enjoyable. I’ve had the privilege of telling the fascinating and inspirational stories of local people’s lives and intend to carry on doing exactly that in Business Monthly.

“In each issue, we will be featuring the latest news, on-the-pulse lifestyle and issue-led features from the business community, plus the background stories and views of South Yorkshire’s movers and shakers, entrepreneurs and small businesses.

“I will be looking for the lively and incisive human interest angles that will engage and inform readers from all walks of life. I want to know about the trials and tribulations behind the success stories for How I Made it, and the dynamics of how husbands and wives, fathers and sons and generations of the same family work together for Family Fortunes, which are among the new regular features you will find as you turn the pages of this month’s issue.

“I also hope to shine the light on the local business community’s female fraternity, a vibrant, entrepreneurial sector which greatly deserves to share the spotlight often dominated by their male counterparts.

Get in touch to share your views – and tell me your stories.”

Jo Davison