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 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..

Wimbledon Foodbank Collection

The Foundation is again supporting Wimbledon Foodbank this year by organising a food collection at the forthcoming home games on Sat 20th January v Blackpool and Sat 10th Feb v Northampton Town. The foodbank is based in the High Path area of Wimbledon and works to support local families in need.

The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.

Wimbledon Foodbank

We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry…

The 2017 FSF awards

Dons Trust Board member Tim Hillyer attended the annual Football Supporters’ Federation awards event, and was impressed by how prestigious an occasion it has become.



The run-up to Christmas signals the start of the season of awards presentations. The Football Supporters’ Federation kick off the annual prize-giving merry-go-round with a formal dinner interspersed with speeches. A measure of the increasing stature of this event is the number of high-profile guests in attendance this year, including such well-known names..

December’s Board Meeting Summary

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) held its regular board meeting on 11 December as a conference call due to poor weather conditions and transport issues preventing the board from meeting in person. 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, Sean McLaughlin, David Growns; DTB member elect Cormac van der Hoeven and DT Secretariat members..

Working hard behind the scenes


Dons Trust Secretary Tom Brown introduces the team of people who support the Dons Trust Board and tells us about the areas in which they work.


What we do


The Dons Trust secretariat supports the Board in a number of ways:

compiling agendas and minutes for the Board’s meetings each month preparing papers for general meetings and sending them out to members communicating with members via Webjam, Twitter and Facebook keeping the Trust’s website up to date..