The appointment is subject to confirmation at the society’s annual meeting during its conference at Windermere next week.
He who took over the editorship of the Evening Times, Glasgow in August 1999 and has been unanimously nominated by the board of the SoE.
Charles, (52), moved to the Evening Times from the Sunday Herald, where he spent a year as consultant editor, helping with the launch of Scotland’s newest Sunday broadsheet.
He has also held the positions of deputy editor of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, Scotland’s biggest selling daily and Sunday newspapers, as well as senior editorial executive roles on Scotland on Sunday, Sunday Times Scotland and Today newspaper.
He is a member of the Press Complaints Commission and has served on the PCC for the past 18 months.
The Evening Times was named Newspaper of the Year in the Scottish Press Awards 2005 and UK Evening Newspaper of the Year in the Press Gazette Regional Press Awards 2005.
He said: “I am delighted to be nominated as the first Scottish president for the society. The SoE plays a crucial role on behalf of all sectors of the media and I look forward to help build on its many achievements.”
Current president Keith Sutton, editorial director of the CN Group said: “We are fortunate to have been able to secure the services of such a talented and experienced editor.
“It was unfortunate timing that David Gledhill who was due to take over was no longer available for the role.”
The Society of Editors was formed by a merger of the Guild of Editors and the Association of British Editors in April 1999.
It has more than 400 members made up of editors, managing editors, editorial directors, training editors, editors-in-chief and deputy editors in national, regional and local newspapers, magazines, radio, television and new media, media lawyers and academics in journalism education.