Jon Harris managing director of Manchester-based Cavendish Press has been elected as the new chairman of NAPA. He will take over from Matthew Bell of Ferraris Press Agency.

In a statement Harris said: ''It is my firm view press agencies will be the most important supplier of news, features and pictures to media outlets in the years ahead.

''But we as an organisation must heavily promote that message to the press both here and abroad to help us achieve that other very important aim - to ensure the press agencies get a fair day's pay for their work.''