Doug Wills to become head of London Press Club

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The managing editor of The Independent, i, and The Evening Standard is set to become the next chairman of the London Press Club, the body has announced.

Doug Wills will succeed Steve Oram, who is stepping down after six years as chairman. In a statement issued by the organisation Oram, who will continue as a board member, said he had “found the role immensely enjoyable,” and thanked those who had supported him during his tenure.

Wills said he was looking forward to an “exciting new era for the club,” and said that he would focus on “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.”

"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.”

Wills became managing editor of the Lebedev titles in 2011, having spent six years as managing editor of The Evening Standard, which he first joined in 1987, having spent several years as a regional reporter.

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