Ex-Gazette boss joins growing Tees publishing team

Bob Cuffe joins Resolution Publishing as a non-exec director. Pictured with Dave Allan and Martin Walker. Pic by Doug Moody,

The publishers of Tees Business have added an experienced advisor to its team to help achieve ambitious growth plans.

Resolution Media and Publishing – which also produces the Tees region’s lifestyle Tees Life, – has appointed former Gazette boss and Trinity Mirror regional managing director Bob Cuffe as a non-executive director.

The move is designed to help Resolution, which is run by ex-Middlesbrough FC colleagues Dave Allan and Martin Walker, to build on existing publications while rolling out new projects.

Cuffe has more than 30 years’ experience in publishing, working from advertising representative at the Teesside Gazette to managing director of the Gazette and regional managing director at Trinity Mirror North East.

He’s now working for a small number of local firms in similar consultancy roles, including Darlington Building Society (as vice chair), Jacksons Law and Recognition PR.

“I’m delighted to be joining Dave, Martin and the team,” he said. “Their achievements since launch have been outstanding, the Tees Businesswomen Awards being a great example.

Tees Business has an excellent and growing reputation in the business community, and I look forward to helping them accelerate their ambitious plans.”

Middlesbrough-based Resolution – named after Captain Cook’s HMS Resolution – was launched in early 2017 after the success of their pilot publication, Tees Business.

Now with two established quarterly publications, they’re printing an annual 3.4million pages of news and features covering the Tees region, and also recently successfully launched the Tees Businesswomen Awards – the first awards event to recognise the region’s businesswomen.

Resolution’s printing work supports Middlesbrough-based MV Print and its 22 employees, while they also support a pool of more than 10 local freelance photographers, writers and a graphic designer.

But the ambitious company plans to create full-time posts to support future growth plans.

Co-director Allan, who also owns Middlesbrough-based DNA PR and Publicity, said: “We’re delighted to have brought Bob on board during this exciting time for the company.

“He has bought in to what we’re trying to do, he shares our passion for print and he will give us invaluable knowledge and expertise as we drive forward our plans.”

Walker, who also owns Newton Aycliffe-based Mantis Media, added: “We have some exciting ideas but as the company has grown, it was important to bring in someone who could be a critical friend to the business, provide us with honest advice and to bring ideas, so to have someone with Bob’s experience in publishing is a huge boost.”

After 10 years working in the internal communications structure of petrochemicals giant ICI, Allan spent 17 years leading Middlesbrough FC’s PR strategy throughout a period that took in five major cup finals, two UEFA Cup runs and a multitude of superstar signings.

Walker, who trained as a journalist with the Teesside Gazette, worked in Allan’s media team at Boro from 2000 to 2005 and then spent four years in Sunderland AFC’s PR team before starting his own business.

 

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