He will be unanimously nominated by the board at the AGM during next month’s conference in Newcastle, and if the nomination is approved he will succeed Keith Sutton, who is set to take over as president from Neil Benson.
David (left) has been editor at the Bath Chronicle for ten years.
Cumbrian Newspapers Group editorial director Keith, the current vice president, is due to take over as president of the Society at the end of the annual conference, which takes place between October 17 and 19.
He began his career in journalism on a local newspaper in Surrey in 1962, moving to Fleet Street in 1966.
In a long career on national newspapers he worked in sport, news and features as sub and writer on newspapers including the Daily Mail and the Sun.
He was chief sub-editor (features) on the Daily Expres, features editor of the (London) Evening News, and launch editor of the short-lived national News on Sunday.
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