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..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersDons Trust Board meeting summary – 17 November

On Wednesday 17 November 2021, 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): Xavier Wiggins, Jane Lonsdale, Niall Couper, Luke Mackenzie, Graham Stacey, Tim Hillyer, Charlie Talbot, Hannah Kitcher, Edward Leek.  

Also in attendance: Michele Little, Treasurer and Martin Newton, incoming Secretary. 

Apologies: David Growns, outgoing Secretary.  

The meeting opened by welcoming Martin Newton who is taking on the Dons Trust Secretary role, following the recent announcement that current Secretary, David Growns is stepping down on 1 December 2021.   

Martin’s..

#MeetTheDTBMeet the DTB with Xavier Wiggins, feat. Joe Palmer, AFC Wimbledon CEO

The Dons Trust Board is delighted to announce the return of our regular Meet the DTB events.

Kicking off at 19:00 GMT on Monday 22 November, the event will be with DTB Co-Chair Xavier Wiggins alongside special guest AFC Wimbledon CEO Joe Palmer.

For anyone who missed earlier sessions, the idea is that we host a Q&A with Dons Trust members online. The format is designed to allow for more informal, in-depth, and more personal, direct engagement between fans and..

Dons Trust Election 2021Dons Trust Board election hustings

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Dons Trust Board election hustings will take place on Saturday 13 November 2021.

The hustings will be live streamed on the 9yrs YouTube channel, and will take on an exciting new format with two Question Time-style shows. Starting from 10:00 GMT, each session will run for approximately 90 minutes. The second session will kick off at midday.

Session 1 – KO 10:00 GMT:

Dennis Lowndes Mark Engelbretson Freddy Flaxman Kris Stewart Graeme..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersFinancial update: Refinancing plans ahead of April 2022

Following on from our financial review at the end of the 20/21 season, the Dons Trust Board and AFC Wimbledon PLC Board would like to update members and fans on the overall picture as the refinancing deadline of April 2022 approaches.

We wrote in June:

“The most critical challenge facing the club and Trust is to refinance the £4.6m bridging loan by spring 2022.”

This remains the case. The PLC Board, Dons Trust Board and Finance Committee have been working..