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.”
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.
“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.”