Shelina Begum joins

Shelina Begum

The former Manchester Evening News business editor Shelina Begum has this week joined as its North West editor.

Begum is an experienced journalist who is well-known in the region, having started her career as a reporter 21 years ago.

She also featured in the Northern Power Women’s Power 50 list.

Alex Turner, joint managing director of, said: “Shelina’s wealth of experience will further strengthen the North West team and her and appointment reinforces our market-leading position for North West business news.

“She joins us at an exciting time for the business, ahead of our major virtual conference, Invest North, later this month and as we prepare for a busy and exciting few months ahead.”

Begum was the former business editor at the Manchester Evening News and its business title, Greater Manchester Business Week.

She held roles across several Reach titles including The Asian News, Rochdale Observer and Oldham Advertiser. Shelina joined the M.E.N’s feature team in 2009 moving onto the business desk a year later.

Shelina said: “I am passionate about the business community in the North West and I’m excited at the opportunity to work with a great team of business writers and editors to bring the latest business news to our audience.”