The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersMembership Secretary steps down

The Dons Trust Board is sad to announce that, after serving for an incredible 20 years, John Stembridge is stepping down as Membership Secretary. In order to help ensure a smooth transition during this busy period for the Dons Trust, he has kindly agreed to continue until a suitable replacement is appointed.

DTB Chair Kris Stewart said: “John has given great service to the Dons Trust in his time as Membership Secretary, bringing dedication and professionalism to the role and..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersNew roles with the Dons Trust

Following the announcement of the resignation of Membership Secretary John Stembridge, the Dons Trust Board (DTB) is seeking applicants for the roles of project manager, analyst, administrator/s and website developer.


The Dons Trust is looking to replace its current custom system and processes for administering memberships.

This will entail integration with AFC Wimbledon’s ticketing system and database, creating a members’ area of the Dons Trust website, and using third-party tools to fill any gaps not satisfied by the club’s..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersA message from the Dons Trust Board

It’s a busy and important time for AFC Wimbledon and the Dons Trust. With relegation confirmed on Saturday, thoughts now turn to a crucial summer ahead where – among other things – we will be looking to recruit a new first-team manager and a new club leadership.

But at the same time, the Dons Trust Board is taking the time to reflect on the season just gone with a focus on what could have been done better. Relegation hurts all..

Junior Dons logoJunior Dons Player of the Year vote

The voting deadline for the Junior Dons (JD) Player of the Year (POTY) has been extended to Monday 18 April 2022. 

Junior Dons will be receiving a newsletter and questionnaires asking for your Player of the Year, and other questions about the Junior Don experience, in the post in the next few days. There are few options for submitting POTY votes:

From today, you can email with the name of the player you’re voting for (please include the JDs..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersDons Trust announcement

Xavier Wiggins has decided to step down from his positions on the Dons Trust and AFCW PLC boards for personal reasons, with immediate effect. We thank Xavier for his service.

Following discussions with the Dons Trust Secretary, the Board has agreed to fill the resulting vacancy under the terms of rule 62b, and will appoint a replacement board member at its next meeting, on Wednesday 20 April 2022.

With Joe Palmer having stood down from the AFCW PLC board, the..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersSave the date: Dons Trust SGM – 25 May 2022

The next Dons Trust SGM will take place at 19:30 on Wednesday 25 May 2022. The meeting will be held at Plough Lane, and also streamed online. Official notification, as well as details about how to register, will be sent to members nearer the time, but you might want to put it in your diary now. 

These meetings are at the heart of the Dons Trust Board’s accountability to the membership. Members get to approve (or not) some important decisions..

CEO steps down

Joe Palmer has decided to step down as CEO at AFC Wimbledon, in order to pursue other career opportunities.

Mick Buckley will take up the position of Interim Chair of AFC Wimbledon from Monday 7 March, and Joe will work closely with him to ensure a smooth transition.

Joe joined AFC Wimbledon as Chief Operating Officer in January 2018 before making the move up to CEO in April 2019. During his time with us he has overseen the construction of and..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersCelebrating 20 years of the Dons Trust

The Dons Trust turns 20 this month!

Join us to celebrate this fantastic achievement next Thursday 10 February 2022 from 18:00 GMT at The Phoenix Pub.

Come down to toast 20 years of our fan-owned club, in our pub back at Plough Lane.

No registration is required, just turn up and enjoy!

The club shop and museum will also be open until 19:00 GMT.

With thanks to Founding Chair, Lou Carton-Kelly, for coordinating this celebration.

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersDons Trust Board meeting summary – 15 December

On Wednesday 15 December, the Dons Trust Board (DTB) gathered via Microsoft Teams for its regular monthly meeting. This is a summary of matters discussed, pending publication of full minutes. 

Attendees were as follows: 

From the Dons Trust Board (DTB): Jane Lonsdale, Niall Couper, Luke Mackenzie, Graham Stacey, Tim Hillyer, Charlie Talbot, Hannah Kitcher, Ed Leek 

Incoming Board members attending as observers only: Michele Little, Freddy Flaxman, Kris Stewart 

Also in attendance:  Secretary – Martin Newton, Communications Assistant – Matt Stockbridge 

Apologies: Xavier Wiggins 

A warm welcome and congratulations were extended to the three new DTB members who were attending as..

Martin NewtonIntroducing the new Dons Trust Secretary

The Dons Trust Board is delighted to welcome Martin Newton, who is taking on the Dons Trust Secretary role, following the recent announcement that current Secretary, David Growns would be stepping down.   

Martin sat in on the last Dons Trust Board meeting, held on Wednesday 17 November 2021 (see meeting summary here), and formally took over all secretarial responsibilities on 1 December 2021.  

Martin’s experience and credentials include 34 years in corporate governance and formal meetings management with extensive experience of reviewing, updating and streamlining decision-making processes and ensuring..