Ashton opts for change of gear

Ex-Scots business writer steps down from Standard

James AshtonJames Ashton has decided to step down from his role as executive editor of the London Evening Standard and The Independent .

Ashton spent three years as head of business and has been in his current role for the last year. He spent some at the Daily Mail and The Sunday Times and was previously a business writer for The Scotsman and Business AM.

He told a trade website: “The time is right to try something different and I’m looking forward to new challenges in journalism and beyond. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of such a hard-working and talented editorial team for the last four years.”

ESI Media Group Chief Executive Steve Auckland said: “James has been a key figure during an outstanding period of growth for the Evening Standard and Independent. His insightful and big name interviews in particular have been highly regarded in the business world. We wish him well for the future.”

Ashton will continue to write a column for the Standard. The newspaper will also continue to support Oscar’s First Book Prize, the annual pre-school book award given in honour of Ashton’s late son.

“I thank the Standard for helping my family establish this award which is of such personal importance. I am delighted we will continue promoting it together for years to come,” he said.

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