As reported on HTFP last month, the WDP’s Rob Stokes was one of two editors to leave former Local World titles in the West Country as part of a restructure by new owner Trinity Mirror.
As part of the proposals, the WDP’s website will also be incorporated into that of the Bristol Post.
Gavin has served in his current role with the Post for three years, and spent the four years before that as the newspaper’s chief sub-editor.
He said: “The Western Daily Press is produced by a talented and experienced team of journalists and I’m excited about leading them as we work to ensure the newspaper has a sustainable future as bright as its remarkable past.
“To achieve that we need to deliver a consistently brilliant daily read which reflects the interests and passions of the people of the West. I can’t wait to get started.”
He started his career as a trainee reporter on the Somerset County Gazette.
Mike Norton, Trinity Mirror editor-in-chief for Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset said: “Gavin brings both editorial and commercial expertise to the Western Daily Press. He will be a real asset to the paper.”
Sarah Pullen, the company’s managing director for the region, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Gavin in his new role. Over the past three years, Gavin has been a great ambassador for the Bristol business community.
“He has ensured that we have been highly connected in business and that we are the first to turn to in a competitive marketplace.
“Gavin has also been on the ‘editors of the future’ programme so we’re proud to promote one of our talented team internally.”