By Hamish Mackay in the Scottish Review
Two very well-known folk in Scottish broadcasting and newspaper circles, are to have a romantic wedding in Northern Ireland next year.
Lorraine Herbison and Mark Hollinshead will tie the knot at the Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort in Ballymena, County Antrim, on 24 July – sentimentally choosing Ballymena as it is not far from Lorraine’s family home.
Lorraine, whose career began as a junior reporter on the Lennox Herald in Dumbarton, is head of news and sport for Bauer Media in Scotland – responsible for the news output on Bauer Media’s eight Scottish radio stations which include Radio Clyde in Clydebank, Radio Forth in Edinburgh and NorthSound Radio in Aberdeen.
Mark was part of the team at National World plc which recently bought out JPIMedia for £10.2 million, and he now sits on the board of the listed company as chief commercial officer.
Lorraine told me: ‘As I belong to Northern Ireland we decided that it would be really great for me to return to my homeland for our wedding. Mind you, as I moved to Scotland in 1993, I have now lived longer in Scotland than in Northern Ireland’.
Lorraine first moved to Scotland to do a postgraduate course in journalism – run jointly then by Strathclyde University and Glasgow Caledonian University. Her first job in journalism was as a trainee reporter on the Lennox Herald weekly newspaper.
She then worked for the Glasgow Evening Times for four years before joining Radio Clyde. She subsequently had various roles on the commercial radio station, including head of news and sport, before a restructuring in 2013 led to her being promoted to head of news and sport for Bauer Media in Scotland.
Wolverhampton-born Mark moved to Glasgow in 1997 to become managing director of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.
He was subsequently managing director of Trinity Mirror’s nationals division, which included the Daily Mirror and Sunday People, and the company’s chief operating officer between 2012 and 2015.
He is the co-founder and current chairman of Glasgow-based Hollicom public relations and strategic communications agency.