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.

Will Bradley

Assistant Editor

Graduating from Cardiff University in July 2012, Will is Assistant Editor in charge of the Valley News sport and entertainment reports, social media and web-marketing.

Will spent the first three months of 2013 finding himself, travelling around Australia and New Zealand but he is now back and a key part of the local community. Will enjoys supporting local businesses, and working alongside Karl and David, promoting Valley News; at business fairs, networking events and online.

Will attributes the majority of his success to the strong support he receives from his girlfriend Amy Irvine and best friends David Bowman and Charlotte England.

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.

Louise Hampson

Feature Writer

Louise is a Cambridge graduate who’s made a living as a wordsmith for the past 10 years.

After a stint as an English teacher she provided technical literature, mainly to construction companies, for longer than she cares to remember. She now works as a features editor and provides editorial and copywriting services to various websites.

Living in the Wylye Valley with her partner, Mastiffs, cat and chickens, she enjoys a rural life, and hobbies that include reading and writing fiction, jogging, crafts and socialising. Louise relishes the variety of stories and businesses she encounters working in her role as features editor.

Caroline Bryson

Office Manager

The mother of two began her career at Valley News in April 2012 and is now involved in all aspects of the company including sorting out the accounts and invoices, securing advertising deals, organising calendar events and – being a well-rounded ambassador for the growing company.

Caroline grew up in Buckinghamshire, and after she left school worked in London in marketing and property development. She moved to Hindon in 1991 and married, and then worked in Salisbury for many years. Most recently, she was Sub-postmaster and Manager of Hindon Community Shop. When Caroline’s not working away at her desk, she leads a busy lifestyle looking after two children, three cats and a dog and making her garden look pretty.

Rowan Fulton


Rowan Fulton BA Hons is a Wiltshire based Photographer and Photography teacher, having worked in the area and London for over 10 years. Local clients include, Salisbury Arts Festival, Hugh Davies Chartered Accountants, Moloko Bar, Lost Boy Events, Salisbury and South Wilts Golf Club, Wiltshire Council and Oxford University Press.  Rowan teaches privately in workshops, GCSE and A/Level and has taught in Leehurst Swan School, Salisbury College and Sparsholt College.  She also leads and manages local youth based Arts Projects and most recently produced a film for ‘Virtual Landscapes’ which was produced with Pewsey Youths, Wiltshire Council and Salisbury Arts Festival.

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