Chris was appointed Editor in 2012 and has helped the Gazette become one of the leading regional news websites in the UK. Before joining the Gazette, Chris was deputy editor of the Chronicle in Newcastle between 2004 and 2012.
During Chris's tenure, the Gazette covered the historic closure of the Redcar steel plant and launched the Invest in Teesside campaign to support the region’s economic fightback and devolution ambitions.
Last year, he helped to establish his team in modern waterfront offices in Middlesbrough after leaving their previous home of almost 80 years, says Trinity Mirror.
Chris said: “It has been a privilege to serve as Editor of the Gazette and I am immensely proud of what the team has achieved.
"During the past six years, I have worked alongside supremely talented and committed colleagues who care passionately about the Gazette and Teesside.
"It is thanks to them that an increasing number of people read the Gazette's trusted content every day. I will always be grateful for their efforts in ensuring the Gazette's content really matters to our readers."
Trinity Mirror North East Editor-in-chief Darren Thwaites said: “Chris has steered the Gazette through a period of transformational change in recent years, helping the team to reach new audiences and develop new skills.
"As Editor, he always fought Teesside’s corner and championed its many successes. He leaves with our very best wishes for the future.”