When I press the “send” button after writing this column it will sadly be my last edition as editor.
The time has come to close another chapter in my media career, which has spanned more than thirty years.
Since joining Scott and the team at Industry Update just over seven years ago I’ve put to bed 43 editions, and written and edited an estimated 7,400-plus stories.
My final edition, I’m proud to say, is one of our biggest ever – a fitting way to celebrate the publication’s 21st birthday.
It’s always extremely satisfying to bow out on a high note (just ask any professional sportsperson).
I originally joined Industry Update with the task of completing just one edition until a permanent editor was appointed.
At the time it was a quarterly magazine averaging 32 pages – a mix of advertising and product news.
As a former newspaper journalist with a background in sports and politics, Industry Update was always going to be an interesting challenge.
When I first put my hand up for the job, Scott’s first question was: “Know anything about manufacturing?”
“Not much,” I replied tentatively, “but I’ll give it a go.” “Great, you can start next week,” Scott fired back.
The learning curve was steep –and swift.
Fast-forward seven years, and the publication has firmly cemented its position as market leader in the manufacturing sector. This bumper birthday edition is testament to its great success.
I sincerely thank Scott for the opportunity to be part of this incredible journey – and for his unwavering support over the past seven years.
Industry Update has always been a close-knit family company – big enough to make a difference, yet small enough to care. This has been one of the main ingredients for its enduring success.
I leave with the firm knowledge that the magazine is in exceptional shape – its reach and influence is now bigger than I ever imagined.
I’ve been blessed to work with many wonderful colleagues over the years, and I’ll miss them all greatly.
I’ll also miss working with our many loyal clients. I tank you and our thousands of readers for your support, engagement and response during my time in the Editor’s chair.
I now look forward to spending more time with my daughter Emma and two-year-old son, Oliver, who can be forgiven for sometimes forgetting what their Dad looks like.
To Scott and the Industry Update team – I wish you every success over the next 21 years.