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 John McLellan

Former Scotsman editor John McLellan is currently director of the Scottish Newspaper Society (SNS), the trade association for Scotland's newspaper industry.
 
His career in journalism spanned 30 years, 15 of which were as editor of major titles. He was editor-in-chief of Scotsman publications and editor of The Scotsman from 2009-12 and prior to that had two stints editing the Edinburgh Evening News (1997-2001, 2004-09) with a spell as editor of Scotland on Sunday in between.
 
Before that he was deputy editor of the Edinburgh Evening News (1993-97), following three years at The Journal in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where he was appointed assistant editor.
 
His carer began while a student at Stirling University in 1982, writing a weekly column about university life for the Stirling Observer. His first full-time job was as a junior reporter on the Chester Observer in 1984 and after a brief spell as a freelance moved to the North-West Evening Mail in Barrow-in-Furness in 1987 where he became sports editor.
 
He has previously served as chair of the SNS editors’ committee, was a Press Complaints Commissioner and was a member of the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Committee.
 
Away from newspapers, on leaving Scotsman Publications in 2012 he became director of communications for the Scottish Conservative Party before taking over as SNS director in September 2013. 

In addition to his SNS role, John also works as an honorary professor in the journalism department of Stirling University and is a freelance writer.

Email:  johncmclellan@hotmail.co.uk

Tel:  07711 058618