Summary of DTB meeting 9 May

DT logoThe Dons Trust Board held its monthly meeting on Thursday 9 May.

The first main item on the agenda was an update on the discussions regarding the new stadium development in Merton.  AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive, Erik Samuelson and the club’s stadium adviser, Andrew Williams, provided an update to Board members on the current status of discussions and agreement was sought from the Board on the club’s position on a selection of key issues.  The timetable for raising funds following the success of the SGM motions was also discussed.

Andrew Williams then departed and Erik Samuelson proceeded to give the Board an update on the budget for next season now that our League Two position had been secured for 2013/14 including fundraising targets and commercial income for the year.

Erik also provided an update on the position with regard to discussions with players for next season.  It was noted that a number of these would not be finalised until after the team had returned from the end of season holiday in Las Vegas.   There was also a discussion about the development squad.

This was followed by an update on the latest proposals for Solidarity Payments to football league clubs from the Premier League.

The Board then discussed some incidents close to Norbiton station following the final match and the actions being taken by the club.

Amongst the items discussed under Any Other Business was the retirement of the current Bar Manager, Paddy Sweeney and arrangements for replacing him.

Erik then departed and the Board had a discussion on arrangements for co-opting other specialists onto the Board to help deal with some of the challenges associated with the new stadium development and the roles of any new co-optees.