Bank notes lying flatEd Leek co-opted onto board

Last night’s Dons Trust board meeting formally co-opted Ed Leek onto the board to provide financial expertise that will help us oversee the football club and financing of the new stadium project.

Ed was one of a number of supporters who responded after the board advertised for help in February. After board members Mark Davis, Jane Lonsdale and Colin Dipple carried out a number of interviews, Ed emerged as the leading contender.

Ed has previously worked for KPMG and currently..

Bristol Rovers programme coverThe number one jersey

Dons Trust chair Mark Davis used yesterday’s matchday programme to talk about a change at the top at AFC Wimbledon. The following is a slightly edited version of the article.

Today I have commandeered the From the Boardroom page, for this one programme only, to report on the recent change in the number one slot at AFC Wimbledon. I’m referring to the position of chief executive officer, rather than goalkeeper, but I’m hoping this change proves to be as positive for..

A digger clearing the top layer of earthNew stadium update – 19 April 2019

Our contractors took possession of the stadium site at 8.30 am on Monday (15 April). They are on site to do initial preparatory work.

Our photographer visited the site on Tuesday 16 April and took these photos, some of which were shown at Wednesday night’s Dons Trust SGM.

(Click on an image to enlarge it. We recommend then using the back button in your browser to return to this page and select the next photo.)

Portrait photo of Joe PalmerJoe Palmer takes over as Chief Executive Officer

The Dons Trust and AFC Wimbledon boards are delighted to announce the appointment of Joe Palmer, previously the club’s Chief Operating Officer, to the role of Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of Erik Samuelson earlier this month.

Commenting on the Dons Trust board’s appointment of Joe to this role, Dons Trust Chair Mark Davis said:

“When we recruited Joe as Chief Operating Officer just over a year ago, it was very much with a view to him succeeding Erik..

AFC Wimbledon badgeClub badge: don’t forget to vote

Don’t forget that you’ve got until this Friday to cast your vote to help decide the club’s badge.

Members should by now have received information about the SGM scheduled for Wednesday 17 April, either by email or by post (according to your chosen communication method).

Voting on the badge is taking place ahead of the SGM and finishes on Friday 12 April at 5pm. You can remind yourself of the background to the vote.

If you’ve signed up for email..

AFC Wimbledon badgeClub announcement: Erik Samuelson

The AFC Wimbledon and Dons Trust boards are today announcing that Erik Samuelson has decided to retire as AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive Officer.

Erik has been Chief Executive since April 2007, having previously served as Finance Director and a board member of the Dons Trust since the inception of the Trust and Club in 2002.

Erik took over as Chief Executive when the Club was playing in the Ryman Premiership, with Dave Anderson as first team manager. Erik’s twelve seasons..

Club volunteersGiving something back

Dons Trust Board member Jane Lonsdale reflects on the importance of letting our volunteers know how much we appreciate the work they put in.

I recently took a phone call from Blackpool Supporters’ Trust seeking our advice. They were putting out a plea for volunteers to help get their club back on its feet as soon as the receiver had officially taken control. They wanted to learn from our experiences of working with and recruiting volunteers.

It was a reminder..

Plough Lane street signNew stadium update – 5 April 2019

We have now given the official go-ahead for preliminary earthworks to start on the site of our new stadium. This is essential preparatory work and our contractors should be on site very soon, once they have mobilised their workforce and resources.

When the site was handed to us on 24 December, demolition work had already been completed and some initial ground-preparation work had been done. The work that is starting now – the first work on site since we gained..

February’s board meeting summary

The Dons Trust board (DTB) held its usual monthly board meeting in a meeting room at The Prince of Wales pub, Wimbledon, on Wednesday 27 February 2019. Ahead of publication of the redacted minutes, this article summarises the main points discussed. 

The meeting was attended by DTB members Rob Crane, Mark Davis, Colin Dipple, Roger Evans, Cormac van der Hoeven, Anna Kingsley, Hannah Kitcher, Jane Lonsdale, Luke Mackenzie. Also in attendance was club chief executive Erik Samuelson; club chief operations officer Joe Palmer was unable to..

Dons Trust SGMDons Trust Special General Meeting – Wednesday 17 April

The Dons Trust is holding a Special General Meeting (SGM) on Wednesday 17 April at the Cherry Red Records Stadium (7.30 pm start).

Papers have now gone out in advance of the first SGM of the Dons Trust for 2019. As you may know, the Dons Trust holds at least three general meetings each year. These are opportunities to seek formal approval for various decisions and for members and the board to discuss policies and developments within the organisation and..