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Doug Devlin: the heart of Drives & Controls

14 June, 2017

It is with deep regret that we announce that Doug Devlin, Drives & Controls’ advertising sales director for more than 30 years, has passed away unexpectedly after a short illness that he contracted while he was on holiday. He was 64.

Doug, who had worked on the magazine since the mid-1980s – initially as the magazine’s sales representative for the Midlands – was a larger-than-life character who made an immediate impression on anyone who met him.

Doug’s passion for Drives & Controls was boundless. He was a strong believer in the value of personal face-to-face contacts, racking up tens of thousands of miles every year as he criss-crossed the UK to visit his customers, many of whom were also his friends.

Doug was also the driving force behind the Drives & Controls Show which has gone from strength to strength in recent years, propelled by his passion and enthusiasm.

Doug was born in Glasgow and had a short career as a professional footballer at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Walsall FC, before moving on to publishing. He worked for many years for Drives & Controls before becoming one of the three directors of DFA Media which acquired the magazine in 2004.

Doug Devlin (right) with Sir Bobby Charlton, who opened the Drives & Controls Show in 2006.

DFA’s Managing Director, Ian Atkinson, says: “Doug was fiercely passionate about three things in life: his family, Drives & Controls and football. Doug was unique in the way he cared about his family, the company and the magazine. He’ll be sorely missed by all who knew him.”

Doug is survived by his wife, Trish, three daughters and grandchildren.

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