Our elected board

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) runs the Trust and is elected by the Trust’s members. The DTB and Football Club Board (FCB) work closely to give the Trust and the club unified, strategic leadership and direction.

There is a clear line of accountability running from the football club’s directors, through the club’s CEO, and up to the fully elected DTB which is, in turn, accountable to the membership as a whole. Discover more about our corporate structure.

The role of the DTB is to set and agree the club’s strategic direction and to scrutinise the performance of the FCB.

The DTB consists of nine elected members (plus currently an additional co-opted member). The Chair and Vice Chair are both responsible for representing the Trust at monthly Football Club Board meetings and for the day-to-day liaison between the two boards.

The board usually meets once a month and minutes of board meetings are published, along with regular summaries of their discussions.

The Dons Trust Board is supported by a number of working groups, outlined below. We rely on the support of our fans. Get in touch via volunteerofficer@afcwimbledon.ltd.uk if you would like to find out about how you could get involved.

Dons Trust Board Structure

Board members are listed below in alphabetical order. Each board member has a specific area of responsibility for 2019, which focus specifically on the priorities we agreed as a board at the beginning of the year. 

You can meet board members on matchdays at the Dons Trust kiosk, or at one of the general meetings held throughout the year. You can also pose direct questions to the board via The Dons Trust proboards forum or by emailing a particular member of the board using the email address alongside their name below.


2019/20 board members

Mark_DavisMark Davis (Chair)
(mark.davis@thedonstrust.org)

Elected: December 2019 (for 2 years)
Core responsibilities: Chairing board meetings & Dons Trust general meetings. FCB oversight and attending FCB meetings as an alternate to Jane. Line management of CEO (Joe Palmer). Chair of the Stadium Committee which is overseeing the construction and financing of the new stadium. Member of the AFCW PLC board. Liaison with Treasurer. 

Tim Hillyer

Tim Hillyer
(tim.hillyer@thedonstrust.org)

Elected: December 2019 (for 2 years)

Core responsibilities: Administration of the Plough Lane Bond, the constitution, the Club’s history and heritage and the Dons Trust’s liaison with the Football Supporters Association 

Anna KingsleyAnna Kingsley
(anna.kingsley@thedonstrust.org)

Elected: December 2018 (for 2 years)
Core responsibilities: Member of the new stadium’s Operations Committee. Member of the AFCW PLC board. Also responsible for: consultation on the long-term strategy and safeguarding. 

Hannah KitcherHannah Kitcher
(hannah.kitcher@thedonstrust.org)

Elected: December 2018 (for 2 years)
Core responsibilities: Engagement and communications with Dons Trust members and fans. Oversight of the Club and Trust’s membership scheme and systems and the Dons Trust’s Membership Working Group. Also working with the Dons Trust Secretariat on the board’s working practices and IT. 

Ed LeekEdward Leek
(edward.leek@thedonstrust.org)

Elected: December 2019 (for 2 years)
Core responsibilities: Member of the Stadium Committee and responsible for oversight of raising stadium finance. Also contributing to work on updating governance procedures and structures. Member of the AFCW PLC board. 

Jane Lonsdale photoJane Lonsdale (Vice-Chair)
(jane.lonsdale@thedonstrust.org)

Elected: December 2019 (for 2 years)
Core responsibilities: Chairing board meetings in the absence of the Chair. Attending FCB meetings. Chair of the Dons Trust’s Diversity & Inclusion and Junior Dons working groups. Member of the AFCW PLC board.

Also responsible for: overseeing the Dons Trust’s governance procedures, liaising with the Club’s volunteer officer and DT contact for the club’s Senior Safeguarding Panel 

Luke MackenzieLuke Mackenzie
(luke.mackenzie@thedonstrust.org)

Elected: December 2018 (for 2 years)
Core responsibilities: Oversight of the Club’s performance management, establishing an Honours Committee and engagement with Dons Trust members. Also a member of the Stadium Committee focusing on engagement and member of the TWIOF (the stadium company) board.

Graham Stacey

Graham Stacey
(graham.stacey@thedonstrust.org)

Elected: December 2019 (for 2 years)
Core responsibilities: Engagement and communications with Dons Trust members and fans. Oversight on ticket pricing and the Club’s sustainability.  

 

Anne Williams

Anne Williams
(anne.williams@thedonstrust.org)

Elected: December 2018 (for 1 year)
Core responsibilities: Updating kiosk guidance and the relocation of the Trust to the new stadium.


The board is supported by a Secretariat including:

David Growns, Dons Trust Secretary David Growns
(secretary@thedonstrust.org)
Secretary and the Trust’s Data Protection Officer. Also working with Hannah on the Trust’s IT

Michele Little Treasurer

placeholder_imageRoger Edmonds-Brown Minutes


The Dons Trust’s membership secretary is John Stembridge (membership@thedonstrust.org).