After 31 years with Isle of Man Newspapers Ltd, Commercial Director Helen Byrne has decided it is time to step back from full-time work and create more time to spend with her family on and off the island.
Isle of Man Newspapers’ Managing Director, Warren Butcher, said: ‘Helen joined us straight from Douglas High School and in that time she has contributed enormously to Isle of Man Newspapers and the Manx community. She has worked in a number of senior positions over her many years within the company. Helen is well known for her knowledge, commitment and dedication to the roles she has held at Isle of Man Newspapers and she will be missed by everyone at our Peel Road offices.’
He added: ‘I respect Helen’s decision to step back from full time work and spend more time with her family and the tough job of finding her replacement will begin immediately. Our challenge is to appoint a strong commercial leader who has the same passion and commitment for the business and for the Isle of Man as Helen has demonstrated, and we will take time to carefully identify the right person. Helen will be staying with us until we find her replacement and so for now it is very much business as usual at Isle of Man Newspapers.
‘Helen will assist with the handover to her successor and help to ensure that the business continues to operate smoothly and successfully, in the interim period.’
Helen said: ‘I am looking forward to spending more time with my family on and off the Isle of Man and exploring new ventures.
‘Working for Isle of Man Newspapers has been a fulfilling and enjoyable experience and it was with mixed emotions that I decided that the time had come to make a change.’
Editor Richard Butt said: ‘When she leaves, Helen will be sorely missed by all her colleagues at Isle of Man Newspapers.
‘She developed strong relationships with many of our commercial partners and helped our company to thrive.
‘Helen has also been a mentor to me and many of the staff at Isle of Man Newspapers. We will all be very sorry to see her go and we wish her every success for the future.’
Helen joined the Isle of Man Courier in 1981 selling classified advertising in the telesales department and worked her way through the ranks to become commercial director.
She grew up in Douglas and was educated at Tynwald Street Girls’ School and then Ballakermeen Junior High School and Douglas High School.
She currently lives in Douglas and has two teenage children.