Steve Oram has been elected chairman of the London Press Club’s board, following professor Donald Trelford’s decision to step down after five years.
Trelford, a former editor of The Observer, will remain on the board and has been elected president.
Oram has spent his career in the newspaper industry, from apprentice compositor through to production management and then chief executive of regional evening, daily, weekly and free newspapers.
He also worked as industrial relations director for the Financial Times Group and until earlier this year was director of the Newspaper Publishers Association.
Oram said: ‘Donald has done a splendid job in leading the London Press Club. He has raised its profile, with the continued success of the annual Journalism Awards lunch and in establishing the London Press Club Ball in aid of the Journalists’ Charity.
‘Last year he also hosted the annual meetings of the International Association of Press Clubs and the European Federation of Press Clubs – the first time they had shared their meetings. I am looking forward to building on these successes and working with my board colleagues to ensure the link between the club and journalists is further strengthened.”