Brian Groom is a journalist and one of the foremost experts on British regional and national affairs. His career was spent mainly at the Financial Times, where he did many of the top writing and editing jobs. He is also a former editor of Scotland on Sunday, which he launched as deputy editor and which won many awards. Originally from Stretford, Lancashire (now part of Greater Manchester), he returned to live in the north – in Saddleworth, south Pennines – in 2015.
Brian went to Manchester Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he got a first-class BA in English Language and Literature. He has a lifelong interest in history and was a regular reader of History Today by age 12.
He started work as sports editor and trainee journalist at the Goole Times, east Yorkshire, where he won the Pfizer Award for UK’s best performance as a trainee journalist.
He moved quickly to the Financial Times where did a variety of jobs, including four years as a labour reporter, covering the miners’ strike among other stories. He became UK news editor.
In 1988 he launched Scotland on Sunday, Scotsman Publications’ Sunday paper, as deputy editor and later became editor. It was voted UK Newspaper of the Year (Newspaper Industry Awards 1994) and UK Sunday Newspaper of the Year (Newspaper Industry Awards 1997).
He returned to the FT in 1997 and did several senior jobs, including covering regional affairs and running the regional reporting team. He was an assistant editor and has been political editor, Europe edition editor, comment and analysis editor and UK business and employment editor.