The Dons Trust logoRob Crane resigns from Trust board

Dons Trust board member Rob Crane has resigned with immediate effect.

He explained: “I was elected to the board last year and it’s been a real privilege to in that time do my best to represent the views of our members.

“But when members read the paperwork for the SGM that’s being held on 9 December, they’ll realise the serious situation that we’ve reached with the new stadium.

“I should pay tribute to an immense amount of hard work done by so..

The Dons Trust logoColin Dipple steps down from Trust board

Dons Trust Board member Colin Dipple has decided to step down from the board with immediate effect due to personal ill health.

Colin was due to step down at our next members’ meeting on Monday 9 December, following the expiry of his two-year term, but has decided to bring that forward.

On behalf of his fellow Dons Trust Board members, chair Mark Davis said: “It goes without saying that everyone on the board sends their best wishes and thanks to..

9yrs Podcast 2019 election interviews graphicLive election interviews this Sunday

Tune in to the 9yrs Podcast’s YouTube channel this Sunday (3 November) for their live interviews with this year’s board election candidates.

The morning running order will be:

10.25   Introduction

10.30   Tim Hillyer

11.00   Mark Sturges

11.30   Jane Lonsdale

12.00   Dennis Lowndes

After a break for lunch, the interviews will pick up again:

14.00   Edward Leek

14.30   Mark Davis

15.00   Anne Williams

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May’s board meeting summary

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) held its monthly board meeting at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Wednesday 22 May. Ahead of publication of the redacted minutes, this article summarises the main points discussed.

At the meeting were DTB members Mark Davis (chair), Rob Crane, Colin Dipple, Cormac van der Hoeven, Edward Leek, Anna Kingsley, Hannah Kitcher, Jane Lonsdale and Luke Mackenzie. Apologies were received from Roger Evans and Trust secretary David Growns.

For the first part of the meeting,..

Holding the club board to account

Dons Trust Board vice-chair Rob Crane explains how the Dons Trust works with the Football Club Board to keep everything moving along on the correct course.

Most Wimbledon fans, I would hope, know that the Dons Trust is the organisation that owns AFC Wimbledon. But on a day-to-day basis, how does the elected Dons Trust Board hold the (unelected) Football Club Board to account?

Traditionally, the split has been that the DTB looks after the strategic direction of the club,..

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..

The Dons Trust logoDons Trust Treasurer / Board Position

The Dons Trust Board is seeking a Treasurer and a co-opted Board member.

Following the changes to the board arising from the 2018 elections, we currently do not have a Dons Trust Board member with the appropriate qualifications and experience to serve as Treasurer. The board has therefore decided to advertise the following two unpaid positions.

Please note that, for the right candidate, these two positions could potentially be combined into one board-level position – as has been the case..

The Dons Trust logoBoard officers appointed

The new Dons Trust board met for the first time on Wednesday 9 January for a specially convened meeting to discuss their priorities and objectives for the year. These discussions are ongoing but will be finalised at their regular meeting later this month. 

In addition, the board elected its chair and vice-chair for the year ahead:

Chair: Mark Davis Vice chair: Rob Crane

The board also appointed David Growns as secretary after he responded to an appeal for help. David will also act as the trust’s data protection officer. Mark Davis said: “We..

The Dons Trust logoNovember’s Board Meeting Summary

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) held its usual monthly board meeting at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Monday 12 November 2018. Ahead of publication of the redacted minutes, this article summarizes the main points discussed.

The meeting was attended by DTB members Mark Davis (Chair), Tim Hillyer, Charles Williams, Colin Dipple, Jane Lonsdale, Nigel Higgs, Roger Evans, Sean McLaughlin and Cormac van der Hoeven; DT Secretariat members Roger Edmonds-Brown and Hannah Kitcher.

The DTB were joined by club chief..