Donald Hindson was apprenticed under his father in Durham and had a long association with the Northumberland coalfield, working for the Ashington Coal Company as undermanager, manager, and agent and working for the National Coal Board as general manager (after nationalisation).
Hindson pioneered training schemes for boys and face workers and made several visits abroad to study techniques. He served as a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers (1914 to 1919) and was awarded the Military Cross at Passchendaele. Hindson held the posts of Regional Commissioner for Northumberland. St John Ambulance Brigade; Officer Commanding, Air Training Corps. Ashington (1941 to 1944); and Chairman of the Wansbeck Hospital Management Committee 1958 to 1961).
Hindson joined the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers in 1918. was a member of Council in 1940, and was elected President for 1954 to 1955. He was joined the Institution of Mining Engineers in 1927 and was also a member of the council from 1949 to 1958, followed by being Vice-President from 1954 to 1955.
Donald Hindson died on the 18th of April 1967 at the age of 74.