OUR TEAM

 ABOUT THE TEAM

Neil Thomas - Editor 

Neil was appointed Editor of Shropshire Magazine in 2008. He has been a journalist for 35 years and is a former assistant news editor, business editor and sports news editor of the Shropshire Star. He enjoys the theatre, dining out and reading historical biographies and is involved in local charity work, as well as being a school governor. A keen all-round sportsman, he is a qualified junior football coach. He and wife Vanessa have three sons.

Shirley Tart - Associate Editor 

Shirley Tart MBE has been Associate Editor of the Shropshire Magazine since June 2002. She is Royal Correspondent for both the magazine and the Shropshire Star. For many years, she was woman’s editor then assistant editor of the Shropshire Star followed by a spell as assistant editor at the Express & Star, Wolverhampton. Shirley lives in Shropshire, actively supports many charities and is also a Deputy Lieutenant of the county.

Gail Williams - Advertisement Manager 

Gail joined the Shropshire Magazine in 2006 as Advertisement Manager, after more than 20 years experience of working on Shropshire’s daily and weekly newspapers. During that time, she was also involved in the launch of many of its specialist publications and has a wealth of knowledge in many aspects of sales and marketing. Gail is married with two sons.

Tom Graham - General Manager 

Tom was appointed General Manager of MNA Magazines (Shropshire Magazine and Wolverhampton Magazine) in 2011. After training as a reporter with the MNA in 2006, Tom embarked on a four-year work programme to gain experience with other media companies before returning to the MNA full-time in 2010. In his time away, Tom worked for organisations including the Press Association and IPC Media (both in London), the Kent Messenger Group, and more recently the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. Tom’s interests include travel, food and wine, fishing and flying.

Caroline Chamberlain
Sales Executive

Caroline has been with MNA Media Group since 2001 as a display sales representative, firstly joining our Bridgnorth office to work on the Shropshire Star and Bridgnorth Journal. Caroline joined the Shropshire Magazine team as a sales executive in August 2006, covering the Shropshire area and beyond. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her previous sales and marketing background. Caroline is married with one son.

Heather BroomeSub Editor 

After leaving university with a BA (Hons) degree in English Language and Literature, Heather began her career as a trainee reporter with the Lichfield Mercury. In 2000, while taking her NCE exams at Wolverhampton College, Heather was offered a position with the MNA. She joined the company as a reporter at the Express & Star in Lichfield, becoming chief reporter in 2003. Two years later, Heather moved to the head office in Wolverhampton to join the Express & Star's busy team of sub-editors. This enabled her to gain nine years of valuable production experience before her move to MNA Magazines in 2014. Outside work, Heather has a passion for books, films and music. She is a Grade 8 pianist and plays a number of other instruments, including guitar and bass.

Russell Davies
Photographer

Russ has worked as a freelance weddings and portrait photographer for nearly 30 years and has been Shropshire Magazine photographer for the past 10 years. A keen sports fan, his other pastimes include photography – yes, it’s a hobby too! – mainly of the landscape variety.
Married, with a son and daughter, both teenagers, Russell was born in Shrewsbury where he still lives.

YOUR FEEDBACK

As editor, I am always keen to hear your views and learn of social events. I can be contacted on 01902 319404 or by email at neil.thomas@shropshirestar.co.uk
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