Meet the Team

David Parker

Editor / Part Owner

David grew up in Salisbury and launched the paper originally under the name Wilton World in 2004 and changed it to Valley News in 2006. David overlooks the whole operation as well as producing exclusive front-page stories.

David has also worked as a reporter for the BBC, press officer, PR consultant, columnist at the Western Daily Press.

Aside from David’s journalism career, he plays a big part in the community, chairman of the Wilton & District Business Chamber of Commerce. David shows real flare in his stories and has turned a small publication into a prosperous and hugely popular community paper over the past few years.

Karl Plaskett

Co-founder and Marketing Manager

Karl predominantly manages the marketing side of the business and meeting customers’ individual needs. Karl worked with David on the advertising side during his gap year while producing the Wilton World and then a year later deferred his place at Chichester University to do a Bsc in Sports Science, and instead launched Valley News with David. Karl also runs the distribution process and works incredibly long-hours to ensure the company fulfils its potential and succeeds at the highest possible level.

Andy Datson

Assistant Editor

Andy is the new assistant editor at Valley News. He joined the paper in June 2017 after completing his NCTJ Diploma in news and sports reporting at the Press Association in London.

He is keen to further the success of Valley News by creating engaging stories covering a range of topics. He has previously worked as a freelancer on the Associated Press’ sports desk, and hopes to bring his experience into his new position.

Andy studied German at Cardiff university for two years before deciding to focus on other paths, and although not a Wiltshire native, he looks forward to working in the area, and becoming a key member of the Valley News team.

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