The company is set to merge the editorial teams of Amateur Photographer (AP) and What Digital Camera (WDC), to create a single IPC Photo reviews team – believed to be the largest of its kind.

Nigel Atherton, current Editor of WDC and a former features editor of AP, has been appointed to lead IPC Photo, as Group Editor.

Nigel has vast experience – both as an editor and professional photographer – and previously spent seven years at AP.

He moved on to become Photography Editor at book publisher Rotovision, returning to IPC in 2002 to lead WDC.

Damien, who will leave the AP team on 29 November, said: ‘I am very sad to be leaving a magazine I love, but I hope to remain part of a UK photo industry I have lived, breathed and relished since the day I joined it.’