Doug Wills appointed as new chairman of London Press Club
The London Press Club has confirmed Doug Wills is to succeed Steve Oram as chairman as Oram steps down after six years in the role.
Wills serves as managing editor of the London Evening standard, The Independent, Independent on Sunday and i. He began his career as a reporter with Thomson Regional Newspapers running several regional titles before working in London. He has held a number of executive roles with the Evening Standard; in 2005 he was appointed as managing editor being named as group managing editor in 2011.
Of the appointment he commented: “The London Press Club is vital to the media in these challenging times, and it is more important than ever that we extol the best of journalism.
"I am delighted to confirm that we plan to continue with the prestigious London Press Club Awards celebrating media excellence. The club will also continue to organise the annual Press Ball which provides much needed funds for the Journalists' Charity.
"In what I hope will be an exciting new era for the club we will be looking at ways of expanding the club's support for all journalists in London and strengthening links with international journalists whether based here or visiting the capital.”
Oram, who will remain on the board despite stepping down as chairman, added: “Following in Professor Donald Trelford’s footsteps was always going to be a tough job. I have found the role immensely enjoyable and thank all my board colleagues and all those who have supported me throughout my tenure."