UK trade body UK Screen has announced that Steve Norris will replace Mike Luckwell as the group’s new chairman, effective immediately.

Norris is the former British Film Commissioner who recently served as MD of Film at Framestore. He is now an independent producer and consultant.

UK Screen represents more than 140 service companies working in film, TV and commercials.

Luckwell, who had been in the post for six years, issued the following statement: “In 2004 some of the larger post-production and CGI companies and the UK Film Council asked me to establish a new trade association. Later it was resolved to enlarge its remit to embrace all companies providing services to the UK Screen-based industries. I am delighted to say that today not only are virtually all the major sector companies a member but it also plays a constructive role in helping its many smaller company members.

“As government takes a greater interest in both helping, and regulating, a booming communications and entertainment industry, lobbying and the provision of advice and assistance to members is critically important. Having been chairman since its inception I felt it was now time for new blood to bring an infusion of new ideas and drive.

“I am delighted that in Steve we have found just the right mix of ‘respect from his peers’ and energy, combined with knowledge of the industry. The early days involved a lot of work but after the set-up phase I am delighted to admit that Gaynor Davenport, the CEO of UK Screen, has done most of the work and I would like to express my thanks to her for making my role enjoyable. I feel confident that UK Screen will continue to make a major contribution to the well being of all of its members.”

Norris said of his new post: “This is a time of fast and exciting development in the industry and I’m looking forward to working with our members to find ways to improve the commercial environment in which we all have to operate. If we’re going to maintain Britain’s cutting edge in the audio visual production industry, then there’s going to be some tough fights ahead for the association and its members, something I look forward to supporting in the future.”