Davies studied at the University of Bristol, then trained in radio journalism, but took employment for a London newspaper. He joined The Independent in 1986, soon after its launch. He initially worked on the listings section, then took various posts in arts and features. He left in the mid-1990s, to spend two years working on the Mail on Sunday's Night & Day magazine.
Davies returned to The Independent in 1998, and became editor of the Independent on Sunday in 2001. In 2005, he oversaw a change in format from broadsheet to tabloid, while in June 2007, he oversaw a major redesign, which saw the paper reduced to a single section, plus a magazine. He remained editor until January 2008, becoming the longest-serving editor of the Independent on Sunday. The Guardian suggested that he had resigned as he was unhappy with budget cuts imposed on the newspaper.
In February 2008, Davies became Executive Editor of the Sunday Times with special responsibility for design, and was launch editor of the paper’s website and digital editions.
Davies rejoined the Mail on Sunday Assistant Editor in 2012, and was appointed Deputy Editor in August 2016.
- David Rowan, "Interview: Tristan Davies, Independent on Sunday", Evening Standard, 12 October 2005
- Stephen Brook and Jemima Kiss, "Editor Davies leaves Sindy", The Guardian, 11 January 2008
- "Independent on Sunday editor Tristan Davies moves on Archived 2008-01-13 at the Wayback Machine", Press Gazette, 11 January 2008
| Editor of the Independent on Sunday
2001 – 2007
| Deputy Editor of the Mail on Sunday
2016 – present