New PPA Scotland Chairman Paul McNamee outlines two-year plan

Paul McNamee, UK Editor of The Big Issue, has outlined plans to support a new generation of publishing talent during his two-year tenure as as Chairman of PPA Scotland.

McNamee made the announcement on February 15 as he welcomed publishers and media professionals from across the UK to Savings Bank in Glasgow for the PPA Scotland Chairman's Reception 2017.

He said PPA Scotland would look to create a fund for budding publishers who ordinarily would not have access to college or university courses, adding that these publishing apprenticeships would aim to allow young people to enter the publishing industry under the guidance of some of Scotland's best publishers.

The speech officially marked the beginning of McNamee's chairmanship, and set out plans for PPA Scotland over the next two years.

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McNamee also announced that a survey will be distributed in the coming months in order to hear back from the association's members, and learn more about what they want from their membership.

Both the fund and the survey are initiatives that McNamee said will work towards making PPA Scotland a more inclusive and celebrated association that will support Scotland's thriving magazine publishing industry.

Paul is currently the national Editor of The Big Issue and has also worked for NME, The Guardian, The Irish Times and Daily Mirror and has won multiple awards such as, British Editor of the Year, twice in 2013 and 2016 from BSME, and at our own Scottish Magazine Awards has won Consumer Magazine Editor three times.

He took over as Chairman from Neil Braidwood of Connect Communications, who was thanked at the event for his valued contribution to PPA Scotland over the past two years.

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