Adam Leigh steps down as Independent deputy editor

Adam Leigh is stepping down as joint deputy editor of The Independent.

The Independent said Leigh was leaving after 16 years with the broadsheet to pursue ‘new opportunities outside the paper”.

Leigh joined the title in 1995 from the Birmingham Post, where he was news editor, and has since held several senior roles at The Independent and the Independent on Sunday.

In 2003 he moved from news editor to executive editor, features, where he took charge of the Review section, and last year was appointed one of two deputy editors alongside Dan Gledhill.

In a statement the paper said that Leigh had played a ‘key role’in the Independent’s creative development, including the 2003 launch of the compact format of the paper, and the development of The Independent’s cut-price stablemate i.

‘It has been a privilege to work for such a great newspaper and with such talented, creative and dedicated colleagues for the past 16 years,’said Leigh.

‘I want to thank everybody for their friendship, support and generosity – and to wish them the very best of everything.’

Chris Blackhurst, who replaced Simon Kelner as editor of The Independent in July, said: ‘Adam has played a distinguished part in the story of The Independent. He departs with our very best wishes and deep gratitude”.

Andrew Mullins, the managing director of The Independent and Independent on Sunday, added: ‘We are grateful to Adam for a magnificent contribution to the papers and hope he will enjoy great success in his future career.’

Gledhill remains as deputy editor.

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