Former editor to lead communications at ‘football club I love’

Martin Tideswell

Martin Tideswell has joined the Port Vale board of directors less than a month after stepping down from his role of Editor-in-chief at the Stoke Sentinel and StokeOnTrentLive website.

The football club, which is part of the Synectics Solutions group of companies, have announced today that he is joining their respective boards and becoming Group Communications Director.

Martin stepped down from The Sentinel three weeks ago after 21 years, having worked at his local newspaper as News Editor, columnist, Head of Events, Assistant Editor, Deputy Editor as well as Editor.

The lifelong Vale fan became the Sentinel’s first local editor for more than 40 years when he was appointed in 2014.

Martin said: “I am absolutely delighted to join the team at Port Vale FC and Synectics. I’ll be working with people I admire hugely and for the club I love.

“Crucially, the role will enable me to work across the group and continue to help champion our city and make a positive contribution to local communities every single day.”

A club statement said: “Martin will bolster the PVFC board in his role as an executive director, whilst providing independent oversight and constructive challenge as a non-executive on the Synectics Solutions board.”

Carol Shanahan, Chair of both organisations, said, ‘whilst the timing of Martin’s availability is somewhat serendipitous, it was immediately apparent to us how Martin could more than fulfil the roles we had in mind. His leadership of the Sentinel, broad capabilities of running a complex organisation with highly demanding workloads, whilst steering the business to be one of the most successful regional papers, are just a small snippet of the capabilities Martin will bring to our organisations’.

She added: “whilst we have seen great successes collectively, we are eager to do more. It’s been a critical time for the global economy at a macro level, and for our friends and family at a personal level, but we will emerge stronger, and are headed for great places.

“Martin will be a key part of this journey. We are absolutely delighted to announce that Martin will be joining us on Tuesday August 4th, and we are sure he will receive a warm welcome when he starts next Tuesday.”

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