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Meet the team

Michelle Pugh

Publisher - Devon Newspapers & Websites

01392 442454

0780 1760826

About Michelle

Michelle has worked in the Media Industry for over 22 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field. In her current role as Sales Director she has a proven track record in creating, developing and building solid relationships & delivering great results for client campaigns. Michelle is a customer orientated, creative individual and leads her management team to be just the same, always striving for the best and encouraging great ideas. Outside of work Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and children, 2 beautiful children.  Michelle has a keen interest in the South West Leisure industry, both in and out of work; in fact she’s a bit of an expert in this area, so if you are looking for marketing advice or some recommendations on what to do with the kids in devon you know where to come!

Kelly Sheath

Media Sales Director Devon Weeklies

01392 667515

07730 018988

About Kelly

Kelly is fast becoming the Exeter stalwart at Local World, her passion for her products and team make her a force to be reckoned with. As the Advertising Manager in Exeter she is forward thinking with her customers and enthused by product development. If you need to know something about advertising with us Kelly is your lady, as you would expect after 15 years experience! Outside of work Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, particularly her 2 lovely daughters, she also enjoys good food and a good party!

Rob Sims

News Editor, Express & Echo

01392 442239

07976 725 281

About Rob

Rob has been a journalist for more than 15 years after graduating from university, and is currently News Editor at the Express & Echo. He has held several different roles on the title, including Business Editor. He says his key role is to help build successful digital platforms while continuing to produce quality newspapers.  Rob is keen on all things Exeter, and is a member of the trust which owns Exeter City Football Club. He also likes walking his dog and playing his guitar.

Jonpaul Hedge


01392 442410

About Jonpaul

Jon-Paul has worked in the newspaper industry for over a decade in all types of print and media products. Most of his life has been spent in the newsroom, more recently as head of content for sister title The Herald Express as well as their entertainment editor. In his spare time he has worked with Oxfam for their Oxjam concerts and for VSO in Russia and Thailand. Dad, husband, cook, keen but slow runner, spare time is spent enjoying the amazing attractions and locations Devon has to offer.

Gordon Richardson

Business editor

01392 442228

About Gordon

Gordon joined the Express & Echo in 2006 and predominantly covers business and general news in print and online. His time at the paper has also included stints on the newsdesk and covering the education beat, as well as contributing occasional theatre and book reviews. His other interests include supporting Exeter City and the Chiefs, and attempting to become less bad at golf.

Justin Hall

Events Manager


About Justin

Justin has been with the Express & Echo since August 2012; A personable, confident and enthusiastic business development and sponsorship professional with a measurable track record of creating, selling and managing sponsorship programmes in the B2B, entertainment and sports industries in the UK and overseas markets. Justin is responsible for managing the Express & Echo’s expanding programme of events and its new business club – Express & Echo Business Connect. He is also responsible for the events programme of the Herald Express newspaper too. Having predominantly worked for organisations operating in the events and sponsorship realm throughout his career, he has specific expertise in building long term, mutually beneficial, relationships with partners in order to achieve specific marketing goals through sponsorship, as well as for driving forward and implementing income generating initiatives for organisations. Outside work he enjoys all sports, particularly swimming, as well as good food and travelling.

John Grigg

Head of Merchandising

01392 442437

07764 286098

About John

Patrick Phelvin

Editor Mid Devon Gazette

01884 258826

About Patrick