Former PFM editor and founder of the PFM Awards Richard Byatt has died following a short illness.

Known to many in the FM sector, following his work within the media and BIFM, Mr Byatt (pictured on the right of the photograph taken at the first presentation of the PFM Awards), died on Friday, 17 May following a short illness.

Jane Fenwick, his former colleague and PFM editor until 2011, has kindly offered to create a list of commemorative comments from those who would like to contribute.

These can be emailed to in the first instance and will then be forwarded to Ms Fenwick and shared with his widow Sara at a later date, with a compilation published online and in a future issue of the magazine.

Mr Byatt edited PFM from 1991 to 1999 and is attributed with launching the PFM Awards in 1993, providing comments that were included in last year’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

He additionally contributed the picture above and further information to assist with last year’s awards.

He had celebrated his 60th birthday last year and had enjoyed a long and varied career in the FM sector after joining PFM as assistant editor in 1989.

After editing between 2000 and 2004, Mr Byatt worked for BIFM in a number of roles up to 2012.

Following two years working for Magenta Associates, this was followed by his becoming a freelance journalist.

Having lived in West Malling, Kent, for 30 years, Mr Byatt was an active member of his local council and treasurer of Tonbridge & Malling Green Party.