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Society of Editors chooses its next president

Glasgow Herald and Times editor-in-chief Donald Martin is set to be the next president of the Society of Editors.

Donald, 45, has been unanimously nominated as vice-president by the society’s board and, subject to approval at the AGM during November’s SoE conference, he will take over as president.

He said: “The society is a powerful voice on behalf of the media’s freedom to report and of the public’s right to know.

“I am conscious of the honour and responsibility this nomination brings and will work hard to support the industry in these challenging and fast changing times.”

Donald took over the editor-in-chief role in December as part of a management shake-up by parent company Newsquest.

His career also includes stints as deputy editor of the Cambridge Evening News, chief sub-editor and production editor of the Reading Evening Post and launch editor of the Edinburgh and Lothians Post.

Donald has also been editor of the North West Evening Mail, in Cumbria, Evening Express, in Aberdeen, and Glasgow daily Evening Times.

Nigel Pickover, current SoE present and editor of Ispwich title the Evening Star, said: “Donald has experience across a variety of publications which he has edited with great success and style.

“As a valuable member of the society’s board, he has been a fearless battler for media freedom and standards.

“The society is ten years old and I am sure Donald will help take it forward to new heights.”

  • Three new members have also joined the board of the society: Shropshire Star editor Sarah Jane Smith, Methodist Recorder managing editor Moira Sleight and the BBC’s head of newsgathering Fran Unsworth.