A former Midlands newspaper executive, who was an influential figure in local publications for more than 40 years, has died aged 71.
David Faulkner (pictured), the father of Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, passed away at his home in Chester.
David, whose career in newspapers spanned almost 50 years, was a former managing director of Trinity Mirror North Wales and Cheshire. He also held a senior position with Trinity Mirror in the Midlands.
As well as being at the Coventry Evening Telegraph, where he was managing director, he also worked on the Stockport Gazette, the Northern Echo, the Eastern Daily Press, the Western Mail, Chester Chronicle and North Wales Newspapers.
He was a former managing director of the Chester Chronicle group of titles before becoming managing director at rivals North Wales Newspapers Media, stepping down from that role last November after the firm was taken over by Newsquest. David, however, continued to work for Newsquest on a freelance basis to help develop its contract printing business. While head of the company which publishes the Chronicle group of newspapers – a role he held for nearly 14 years - David led a significant expansion of the business, including a merger with North Wales Independent Press.
Well-known within the business community, David was also president of Chester Business Club. He also served on a number of bodies working towards an economically and successful city and region, including Chester City Management, Chester Business Leadership Forum and Ellesmere Port Enterprise Agency.
David, who started his career in Reading, is survived by his widow, Maureen, and sons Paul and James.
The funeral service was held at St Mary’s Church, Handbridge, Chester.
Paul recalled: “I grew up immersed in the world of papers. I’d spend every night reading a huge range of local and national newspapers….which helped develop a rudimentary understanding at a young age as to why the principle of freedom of the Press – and freedom of speech more generally – was so important.”