Responding to the new organisation and methods of working within the club and Dons Trust, the DT Board recently decided to expand the secretarial role and at the same time split the role to make it more manageable for volunteers. This concept of “the secretariat” splits the role into three parts; provision of constitutional and governance advice to the DTB at and around Board meetings, administrative support to the DTB (mainly clerical and organisational work outside of meetings) and minute taking. David Growns (DT Vice Chair) introduces the new secretariat.
is Secretary to the Dons Trust with responsibility for governance. He has been a Wimbledon fan for 40 years having first followed the Dons during the original non league days when players like Dickie Guy and Ian Cooke were his heroes and now proudly brings his son, Alexander, to watch the same club he supported as a boy. They are season ticket holders in the Tempest End.
He’s been a Wimbledon resident for much of that time and in recent years has become quite involved in a variety of local community interests. He has helped the DT in a number of capacities over the last 10 years including helping to write the original DT aims.
He hopes his professional experience in finance and governance, particularly in the non-profit sector, as well as working with local authorities on housing and development projects will be of benefit to the DT and welcomes further constructive and healthy discussions amongst the membership as the DT and the club look forward to the next 10 years and beyond.’
will focus mainly on helping to improve the way in which we communicate with members; encouraging fans to consider joining the Trust and helping with the administration. David became a Dons Fan early in 1988. In fact his very first visit to Plough Lane was in the Southern League Premier as an away fan with Tonbridge – he sold programmes there for about five years till I was 18, his first volunteer role.
His two sons Owen, and Joe, were treated to regular outings to Selhurst before the AFCW adventure started – which also made family football considerably cheaper! Joe and David are now season ticket holders in the Tempest End.
David is a freelance communications consultant and writer, after 25 years working at the BBC.
has been working as a minute-taker at board meetings for the last 18 months. “In that time” says Eric “I have learned a great deal about how the club functions as an operation. It is heartening to see the hard work that goes on behind the scenes and it makes me proud to be a member of the Dons Trust”
Eric has professional experience including roles as an Editor within educational publishing and also working as a teacher abroad. He worked in Taiwan in South-East Asia for a few years where I taught English and also took the opportunity to travel around the region. It was in part, a yearning for the Dons that brought him back home and a desire to see us rise up the ranks once again. His other interests outside football include running, music and poetry. He is married with a son, Finn, who was born on 18th August, the day of our first league game this season.