Tiger Aspect Productions managing director Andrew Zein is to replace Eileen Gallagher as chair of UK producers association, Pact.

Margaret Matheson, managing director Bard Entertainment will continue as vice chair of film for a second year.

Eileen Gallagher, managing director of Shed Productions and current chair of Pact said: "I've thoroughly enjoyed my time as Pact chair, during such an exciting time for the independent production industry, and I am very confident that Andrew Zein is the right person to chart Pact's course through 2004."

John McVay, chief executive of Pact said: "I'm excited to be working with producers of such calibre and experience during 2004 and I look forward to building on Pact's success and delivering more services to its members."

Pact's council is elected from its membership for a term of one year.