Chief Executive Officer
Karl Hancock is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder. Karl has spent 26 years working in the City before recently moving into the local news industry. Karl has worked for Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and latterly Berenberg Bank. Karl is passionate about local news and his favourite football team is Crewe Alexandra.
"We want to re-invent local news, engage with communities and use our technology to change the current business model. We have ambitious plans for local news in the UK. We are currently fully live in 32 towns and our target is to be in 700 towns in the next couple of years. If you are passionate about local news and are looking for a new and fun challenge in your life, please get in touch as we are recruiting journalists."
You can contact Karl directly by emailing him at [email protected]
Chief Technology Officer
Dean Waghorn is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Nub News with over 25 years experience in software development across various industry sectors from local government, healthcare and insurance to digital media. He is the original author of the bespoke software platform that powers the Nub News network of local news sites. Like Karl, Dean is similarly passionate about all things local with a penchant for lower leagues football. In his spare time he can mainly be found either pounding the pavements and trails of Somerset while training for his next marathon or stood on the terraces of Yeovil Town Football Club with his son.
"A local paper's role is not just to inform. It also plays an important democratic function by supporting participation and increasing engagement at a community level as well as holding public bodies to account."
Regional Editor (East Devon)
Joe Bulmer is a Regional Editor (East Devon) for Nub News. His role involves digital publishing across towns in East Devon and recruiting Trusted and What's On Contributors. Joe has spent nine years working as a journalist in Devon. First for the North Devon Journal and then for DevonLive before working for Archant in East Devon. His work has been published by ITV, The Mirror, The Times and The Western Morning News. In his spare time Joe enjoys long walks, Formula 1, Science Fiction and reading.
"I joined Nub News because of the flexibility the company offered me and it is nice to be reporting on local news which really involves the communities."
Regional Editor (South Wales)
I am a History and Politics graduate from the University of York. I previously had a role in Marketing but have always had my sights set on journalism. During University I set up my own blog which I ran with a group of students. I have always loved creating my own work and Nub News has provided the space to do this in abundance. In this role I have had the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment where I can work alongside experienced journalists with a wealth of industry knowledge. It has given me the space to throw myself into the world of news and editorial work. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends, climbing, cooking and creative writing.
Regional Editor (Lincolnshire)
In a long and successful career Kay Kelly has worked in local media newsrooms around the country, as a reporter and news editor. Having trained with the NCTJ at Preston, she began her career in her native north-west, embarking on a variety of roles on regional newspapers including the Peterborough Evening Telegraph, Grantham Journal, Stamford Mercury, Spalding Guardian, Chester Chronicle, Wrexham Herald & Post and Sale and Altrincham Messenger. Kay lives in the gorgeous Georgian stone town of Stamford, much-beloved of TV costume dramas, with her husband and 10-year-old daughter. When not working she enjoys dog-sitting as a host for pets who need a short-term 'holiday home'.
Regional Editor (Somerset)
Tim Lethaby is the Regional Editor (Somerset) for Nub News. His role involves reporting and collating news for towns initially across Somerset, securing sponsorships, hiring staff and recruiting Trusted and What's On Contributors. An experienced journalist, Tim was previously editor of 11 weekly newspapers, including the Western Gazette and Somerset Guardian. Before that he was editor of the Blackmore Vale Magazine in Dorset. In his spare time, Tim enjoys spending time with his family, playing skittles and watching sport; mainly motorsport, football, rugby and cricket.
"Nub News is everything I got into journalism for - community stories, local issues and a helping hand for those who need it."
Regional Editor (East Devon)
Hannah Corfield graduated from Falmouth University with an NCTJ accredited Journalism degree in 2018. She joined the Nub News team as a Regional Editor for East Devon in April 2019. Hannah is a skilled content producer; adept at bringing narratives to life for an intended audience by adopting a multimedia approach. Prior to studying, Hannah lived and worked in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, where she taught English as a foreign language. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, running with the dog, cycling and reading.
Regional Editor (Cornwall)
Joseph Macey is a Regional Editor (Cornwall) for Nub News. Graduating from Falmouth University in July 2019 with a degree in sports journalism, Joe has spent his time on a number of platforms working in print, radio and online. He has a keen interest in video and visual content, working recently at Euronews TV for two months in Lyon. Joe spends a lot of time with his friends, plays football every week, trains for 10k events and watches a lot of sport.
"Local contact, local issues, local impact - what's not to like or be motivated by."
Regional Editor (Cornwall)
A recent Journalism graduate, Kurt has spent his time working on a number of different publications. During his time at University, Kurt opened a Falmouth branch of The Tab UK, leading a team of writers to break stories that mattered to the student population. He has an eager interest in multimedia and online content and recently travelled to Lyon to work with Euronews TV. In his spare time, Kurt likes going to gigs, seeing friends and playing the drums whenever he can.
"Nub News is more than just a news website. It is a beating heart of the community. My role as a journalist is obviously about reporting local news but it is also about bringing people together."
Regional Editor (Somerset)
A journo’s journo, a talented writer who also has been an outstanding newsroom leader, especially when it comes to identifying new talent. I did my journalism training at Cardiff, before deciding to go to Liverpool University, achieving a politics degree. My first journalism job was with a fast-paced news and picture agency. I then worked with nationals before moving into television at Sky News. From there, I joined the business news team at Dow Jones, before winning a part scholarship MBA. I then moved to Europe, where I worked for Interfax, the Czech rally team, then did the hardest job of them all, bringing up two children. I then returned to the UK, freelancing for various news organisations including the South China Morning Post.
"I am thrilled to be back in local news (although I feel I never left). It is in my DNA."
Regional Editor (Essex)
Neil Speight is a veteran journalist who has edited newspapers across the country, from Scarborough, Wakefield and the Manchester area in the north, to south Essex in the south and several town in the Midlands and East Midlands as well. Through more than 40 years in the newspaper industry, he has consistently won regional and national newspaper awards recognition for his investigative work and for his leadership of news teams. A strong advocate of young people, he has worked closely throughout his career with the NCTJ, being a member of the North Training Committee for many years, an invigilator and mentor in examination schemes and he has worked closely with company training schemes, most notably the Emap and Johnston Press training schools. Many journalists across the country owe their careers to a start in newspapers with Neil. He is particularly proud of his record of investigative Journalism and holding public bodies to account, having broken major news stories and launched campaigns on a number of important local issues.
Regional Editor (Leicestershire)
Graham has been working in journalism for 36 years and is a hugely experienced writer - having worked on weekly newspapers and national titles. He grew up in North West Leicestershire and returned to the area five years ago to live in Ashby de la Zouch. Having attended school in the area, and with family and friends here, he knows the region inside out and the issues that concern the people who live in this part of the East Midlands. From Coalville to Ashby to Swadlincote, Graham and his team will be keeping you informed about the day-to-day matters and talking to the people making things happen in North West Leicestershire.
"I joined the company because Nub News goes straight to the heart of the community and reports back."
Regional Editor (Warwickshire)
Warwickshire-born Nick Hudson is probably the most-travelled editor in the UK, having led regional and national newspaper/web teams plus trade titles from Cornwall, across the east and west Midlands, Manchester, Lincolnshire, East Anglia and London in England, to Swansea in Wales, and Glasgow in Scotland before stepping off the edge of the British Isles to head publications in diverse cultures abroad. Launch editor of Spain's first national English-language weekly, he has also edited ex-pat titles for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Turkey. Starting his career in Warwickshire in the days of ‘hot metal’ production through to 24/7 instant news in today’s digital world, he has enjoyed helping launch local free and paid-for weekly publications across the UK as well as spells as bureau chief and picture editor of one-time No1 provincial press agency (Raymonds of Derby) and senior wire editor of Britain's best known showbiz press agency, World Entertainment News Network (WENN) in London. He says he has loved enthusing trainee reporters in their first jobs – instigating graduate entry scheme at Swansea Press for Northcliffe Newspapers – and seeing them progress in the “finest profession imaginable”. Former NCTJ exam board chairman at De Montfort University, Leicester and Trent University, Nottingham. Precious spare time is devoted to his wife, family and publishing friends, eight pets, playing hockey, cinema and relief church organist in Warwickshire.
"The town-in-your-pocket Nub News is giving back local news and views to where it belongs – and should never have left - in the community, and is allowing me to return to my journalistic and home roots."
Regional Editor (Suffolk)
With 25 years of experience in local, regional and national journalism, Derek combines old fashioned values with contemporary news content in an ever-evolving online world. After completing the NCTJ course at Highbury, Portsmouth, where he won the James Arlott Memorial Award for Outstanding Journalist, Derek was taken on by the Gazette in Colchester, after impressing while on work experience. His former sports editor at the Gazette, then head hunted him for the Sentinel in Stoke, where he covered Port Vale for one helter-skelter season. He may be best remembered for being the inspiration behind the fanzine ‘Derek - I’m Gutted’. From there he was lured to the East Anglian Daily Times as the Chief Football Writer, where he was twice named East of England Sports Writer of the Year. Derek mainly covered Ipswich Town when they were in the Premier League and dabbled for two seasons in the UEFA Cup, before relegation struck and the downward spiral began. The next step was as a sub editor of the Guardian Series, based in Epping, before a change in family circumstances saw him return to Suffolk and set up as a freelance writer, covering mainly East Anglian teams for a range of national titles. His love of hyper-local news led to him setting up Shotley Peninsula News and Features to provide genuine community articles, promote peninsula businesses and scrutinising those that needed it on behalf of local residents. When not writing, Derek is a keen sports fan, enjoys refereeing with his son who is also a qualified official. He is also something of a quiz fan, and was the captain of the Shotley Open Spacers who not only beat the famed Eggheads but became the first and, so far, only team of challengers to answer every single question correctly.
"My beliefs chime with Nub News’ core journalistic principles and I am keen to help spread this revolution through evolution in Suffolk."
Regional Editor (Cheshire)
After working in the retail industry since graduating from Nottingham Trent University, I was always keen to move into journalism and after setting up an online football blogging website, I soon had the confidence to pursue a career in journalism. I completed my NCTJ Sports Journalism course in 2016 and secured my first journalism job at a weekly newspaper based in Congleton in August 2017, where I worked for two and a half years before embarking on a new venture with Nub News. Having worked in Congleton for nearly three years I have a good knowledge of the town and the community. In my spare time I enjoy watching sport and spending time with my friends, family and visiting new places.
Regional Editor (Lincolnshire)
Darren Greenwood brings a ‘world of experience’ with him to Nub News after a 30-year career. The 52-year-old Yorkshireman started out at the Evening Mail in Barrow-in-Furness and has spent the past couple of years in Lincolnshire, working for the Grantham Journal, Stamford Mercury, Bourne Local and Rutland Times. Career highlights include 16 years spent working in New Zealand and Australia for a variety of community weeklies, daily newspapers and business titles at reporter and editor level. This also included spells freelancing for a wide range of trade press. Since returning to the UK in 2012, Darren has also worked for Newsquest in Essex, Johnston Press in North Lincolnshire and the Grimsby Telegraph. Earlier roles included reporting for the Press & Journal in Aberdeen and the then Derby Evening Telegraph.
"Nub News is about community, people and what matters to everyone, including holding the movers-and-shakers to account. It also allows more freedom for staff to be more independent but also to work flexibly, which is essential to deliver the best possible news service to readers."
Regional Editor (Cheshire)
James Kelly originally hails from Northern Ireland and moved to England to study International Relations and Politics at the University of Chester in 2014. At university, he got a wide range of experience, including as campus editor for the student news website, The Tab and with a work placement at ITV on the This Morning news desk. Following university, James trained at News Associates in Manchester, gaining an NCTJ accredited diploma in multimedia journalism. During his time on the course, James got a job at the Congleton Chronicle as a trainee reporter, before moving into the role of area reporter for Sandbach.
"It’s certainly an interesting time to be starting with Nub News, but it emphasises the importance of reliable local news and information. I’m really excited to be part of a team that will deliver for the communities we serve."