Increasing diversity

Dons Trust Board member Jane Lonsdale looks at the diversity of the Board and encourages others to think about standing for election.

As many will know, the Dons Trust is run in a democratic way, through annual elections to the Dons Trust Board (DTB), with any member of the Dons Trust eligible to be nominated for election.

Unfortunately, last year there were not enough candidates for a contested election, so all the nominated candidates automatically became DTB members; the same..

Wanted: Volunteer for vital role

Dons Drawn administrator needed

Established in 2005, the Dons Draw is a vital source of fundraising for AFC Wimbledon, raising over £75,000 per year.

After 13 years in the role of Dons Draw Administrator, Neil Messenbird has decided the time has finally come to hand on that role. We are therefore looking for a new Administrator. This role (which is unpaid) currently occupies around 3 – 5 hours per month and essentially involves:

Adding new entrants and removing lapsed entrants..

March’s Board Meeting Summary

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) held its regular board meeting at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Wednesday 14 March 2018. Ahead of publication of the redacted minutes, this article summarises the main points discussed.

The meeting was attended by DTB members Matthew Breach, Mark Davis (Chair), Colin Dipple, Roger Evans, Nigel Higgs, Cormac van der Hoeven, Jane Lonsdale, Charles Williams and DT Secretariat member Hannah Kitcher.

The DTB were joined by club chief executive Erik Samuelson, chief operating officer..

Joe Palmer COO AFCWHow we found Joe Palmer

Now that Joe Palmer has been appointed as the club’s Chief Operating Officer, we thought you would be interested in knowing more about how he was recruited. Dons Trust Board members Sean McLaughlin and Roger Evans explain.

Early in 2016, Erik Samuelson wrote to the Dons Trust Board (DTB) to say that he did not wish to continue in the role of CEO in the new stadium. This led to a long discussion within the DTB and with Erik..

Matt BreachThe thoughts of Chairman Matt

After six years as chair of the Dons Trust Board, Matt Breach decided to take a small step back and is now assisting Mark Davis, the new chair. We asked Matt to share with us his thoughts on his time in the role.

When I was first elected to the Dons Trust Board, Erik phoned me and briefed me about the impending charge that the club faced over playing Jermaine Darlington without obtaining international clearance. That was certainly a baptism..

TypewriterMinute-taker required

The Dons Trust is looking for a volunteer to share in minute-taking duties for board meetings and for general meetings with members. In all, there are around 15 – 18 such meetings per year, and the board wishes to expand the team of minute-takers so as to share the workload and ensure that minutes are prepared and finalised on a timely basis.

As a minute-taker, you will be responsible for:

Preparing a short and engaging summary of board..

Mark DavisStepping into the Breach

Newly appointed Dons Trust Board chair Mark Davis sets out the board’s priorities and explains some new ways of working for 2018.

Every year, one of the first actions of the board, following the Dons Trust Board elections and AGM, is to appoint the Trust’s officers for the coming 12 months. After six years as chair, Matthew Breach has decided to step back from that role and, following a discussion at the board’s first January meeting, it..

Goodbye Columbus?

Dons Trust member Brian Everett lives in the USA, and his local team, Columbus Crew, are now seriously threatened with a huge relocation. Here he explains why he is taking inspiration from the AFC Wimbledon story.

 

As you prepare for kick-off at the Cherry Red Records Stadium today, I will be logging into my computer and following the game from Columbus, Ohio, in the United States. Why would someone five hours behind, 3,854 miles away, and who has never..

January’s second board meeting summary

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) held an additional board meeting at the Prince of Wales, Wimbledon on Monday 22 January 2018 to discuss priorities and ways of working for 2018. Ahead of publication of the redacted minutes, this article summarises the main points discussed.

The meeting was attended by DTB members Matthew Breach, Mark Davis, Tim Hillyer, Colin Dipple, Jane Lonsdale, Nigel Higgs, Cormac van der Hoeven, Roger Evans, Sean McLaughlin and DT secretariat members Tom Brown and Hannah Kitcher. Apologies were received from..

January’s Board Meeting Summary

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) held its regular board meeting at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Wednesday 10 January 2018. Ahead of the publication of the redacted minutes, this article summarizes the main points discussed.

The meeting was attended by DTB members Matthew Breach, Mark Davis, Tim Hillyer, Colin Dipple, Jane Lonsdale, Nigel Higgs,  Cormac van der Hoeven and Sean McLaughlin; DT Secretariat members Tom Brown, Hannah Kitcher and Andrew Howell.

The DTB were joined by club chief executive Erik Samuelson and..