Tom Fitzpatrick has been appointed as permanent editor of Construction News.
He takes over with immediate effect and replaces outgoing editor Rebecca Evans, who is stepping down from the role after seven years with CN.
Rebecca will be joining Revealing Reality, a research agency that works with public and private sector clients to help them deliver change.
Tom has been acting editor since November 2016, when Rebecca went on maternity leave, and was deputy editor prior to that.
He joined CN in 2011 as a reporter and led the #loveLIVES campaign in 2014 as well as launching CN’s Mind Matters mental health campaign this year.
He was shortlisted for the British Society of Magazine Editors’ Rising Star Award in 2016 and named IBP construction writer of the year in 2014.
Richard Baker, managing director of Emap UK, said: “I want to thank Rebecca for the huge amount of passion and knowledge she brought to her role as editor of CN and we wish her all the very best in her future career.
“I am delighted that Tom is now CN’s permanent editor and I’m really looking forward to working with him as he stamps his vision on this incredible brand.
“I have no doubt that now he is officially in the hot seat that we will see bold thinking to cement CN’s status as the construction industry’s favourite title.”
Tom Fitzpatrick said: “I am proud to become CN’s new editor.
“We have an opportunity to challenge and improve this industry every day, whether that’s on its attitudes to mental health and diversity, or improving building standards and financial performance.
“Brexit is looming, construction productivity needs to drastically improve and the tragedy at Grenfell has rightly shone a light on the responsibility of companies in this sector to protect and support the most vulnerable in society.
“This industry stands on the cusp of huge changes and it needs a powerful voice to speak on its behalf. CN will be that voice.”