Board elections

Your chance to help set the direction of your club.

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) runs the Trust and is elected by the Trust’s members on a one member, one vote basis.

Elections to the board take place every year, with half the positions on the board up for election each time.

The results of each election are announced at that year’s Dons Trust annual general meeting, held in December.

As a member of the Trust you have the right to stand for election yourself. To find out more about what it’s like to be a member of the Dons Trust Board get in touch with one of the current members and they will be happy to tell you more about what it involves.

2021 elections

The key dates are as follows:

  • Opening of Nominations: 8th October
  • Close of Nominations: 29th October
  • Manifestos sent out: 3rd November
  • Ballots sent out: 12th November
  • Ballot deadline: 4th December

This Announcement of Election formally starts the election process to fill those five vacancies.

Full details of how the election process can be found Election Nominations Announcement 2021 Final (1)

How to nominate can be found Election Nominations Application Form 2021 Final

and Election Nominations Application Form 2021 Final

Rules of the election can be found 2021 Election Rules Final

2020 elections

The most recent news is posted first.

6 December: Election results announced.

The following are the results of the Dons Trust Board elections 2020 which were counted today by the ESG in the presence of Neil Springate, the Independent Scrutineer:

There were 3,415 ballot papers issued and 1377 votes cast – a turnout of 40.3%

The number of votes cast for each candidate were as follows (candidates are in ballot paper order):

Luke Mackenzie 707

Freddy Flaxman 300

Xavier Wiggins 889

Charlie Talbot 744

Trevor Williams 556

Andy Silvester 326

Roger Hobkinson 381

Niall Couper 634

Hannah Kitcher 1062

Phil Moody 158

Dennis Lowndes 529


There were two spoiled paper ballots

I therefore declare that Hannah Kitcher, Xavier Wiggins, Charlie Talbot and Luke Mackenzie have been elected to serve two year terms as Dons Trust Board members and that Niall Couper has been elected to serve a one year term. Congratulations to all of them.

My thanks to all the candidates and voters and particularly to the members of the ESG: David Hall, George Jones and Julian Edwards and to our independent scrutiniser Neil Springate.

Alex Folkes

Chair – ESG

7 November: candidate’s manifestos published.

Download all the manifestos [1MB colour PDF]

2 November: the list of candidates is announced:

Click on the name of the candidate to view their manifesto.

3 October: Announcement of election to fill five vacancies on the Trust Board

Members of the Dons Trust Board are elected to serve for two years and this year the term comes to an end for four board members.

In addition, there will be one special vacancy to fill the place left by the resignation of Mark Davis. There are therefore five vacancies to be filled and this Announcement of Election formally starts the election process

If you wish to stand, you will need to complete a nomination form [Word version or PDF version].

The formal announcement contains this year’s election timetable which is as follows:

  • Nominations open Saturday 3 October 2020
  • Nominations close Friday 30 October 2020 at 23:59 GMT
  • Announcement of the candidates. Campaigning starts around 3 November 2020
  • Voting forms and Manifestos sent to members around 7 November 2020
  • Closing date for voting Saturday 5 December 2020 at 23:59 GMT
  • Results announced via Dons Trust website, etc – as soon as possible after counting
  • Annual General Meeting – Formal announcement of result Thursday 17 December 2020

The election rules for 2020 can be found here.

Members’ resolution re. election nominations:

At the SGM held on 30 September 2020, the following resolution was passed with the required majority and to which members should have regard when considering the election:

To introduce and encourage a policy within the Dons Trust Board and the club whereby members of the Dons Trust Board, the AFCW PLC board, and senior club officials do not propose potential Dons Trust Board election candidates.

Previous elections