Your Dons Trust October Newsletter

Dear Dons Trust member,      Welcome to October 2023’s edition of the Dons Trust Board newsletter – our monthly collection of news and stories about ongoing Dons Trust activities.     

Debt consultation survey – out now! 

As members may be aware, The Dons Trust Board (DTB) has been consulting members on the management of the debt owed to it, because of the two Plough Lane Bonds.

As part of this process, we would like to find out some more about the views..

Dons Trust Board 2023 Elections

Dons Trust Board 2023 Elections   

We are proud to be a fan-owned club, and the ultimate decision makers are the people that Dons Trust members elect to the Dons Trust Board annually.

Elected members serve on the Board for a fixed time period, with half stepping down each year, and this year there will therefore be elections to choose a minimum of six members.

Three will be elected to serve three year terms and three to..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersTwo new ‘co-optees’ appointed to the board

Following our call for additional Board members in July, we have now completed the process of interviews and are delighted to announce the appointment of Anuk Teasdale and Angus Fox to join the DT Board. 

We advertised for candidates who could bring additional skills to the Board. Anuk has extensive experience in Equality and Diversity. She has been an active member of the Club D&I group for many years and was part of several very successful projects in that area…

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersUpdate on appointment of ‘casual vacancy’

Following the announcement on 13 September that Kris Stewart was stepping down from the Dons Trust Board in order to take up a temporary position overseeing stadium business and operations whilst the club recruits a new Managing Director. the Board were left with only seven elected members.  

We immediately took advice from our secretary and also The Football Supporters Association (FSA) (as the sponsor of our rules). Subsequently,the Board appointed Edward Leek to fill what’s known as a ‘casual vacancy’..

James MacdonaldNew DT AFCW PLC rep appointed

The Dons Trust Board has agreed to appoint James Macdonald as its third director on the board of AFCW PLC, following the departure of Kris Stewart.

He will be the third board rep and will sit alongside new DT Chair, Michele Little, and new Vice-Chair, Graeme Price.

Read more about the Dons Trust Board, its composition and role.

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersNew casual board member appointed

Edward Leek has been appointed as a board member of The Dons Trust (DTB). He fills what’s known as a ‘casual vacancy’, created by the departure of former Chair Kris Stewart, who was asked by AFCW PLC to step into a role to temporarily oversee stadium and club operations as AFC Wimbledon seeks a new Managing Director.

The appointment, permitted under the constitution (Rule 62 concerning ‘casual vacancies’), enables the trust to operate up to and including the..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersThe Dons Trust Board is recruiting: updated

This item was updated on the 23 July with further information about the roles we’re looking to fill.

The Dons Trust is the membership organisation which owns AFC Wimbledon – the football club started in 1889 and which has been fan-owned since 2002.  

 Our board is looking for two additional members to help us with our work, initially filling two casual vacancies until the 2023 AGM in December. Our intention is then to reappoint successful candidates until the..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersStatement from Niall Couper

Niall Couper has decided to step down from the Dons Trust Board.


His decision follows on from incidents at yesterday’s game versus Sutton United.

He has decided to stay on until the AGM allowing a smooth transition.

Niall said: “I have taken the difficult decision to stand down early from the Board.

“Over my entire period on the Board I have had abuse directed..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersBudget overview from the DTB

The Dons Trust Board has produced an overview of how the current season’s playing budget was achieved.

Now that the transfer window has closed until the New Year, the Dons Trust Board wants to give members and fans an overview on how budgeting for the season works at AFC Wimbledon – and in particular how the playing budget is arrived at.

The process starts in earnest early in the calendar year. For the last few seasons, while we were struggling..

Mick BuckleyDons Trust board appoints Mick Buckley as AFC Wimbledon Chair

The boards of the Dons Trust and AFCW PLC are pleased to announce that Mick Buckley has agreed to take on the role of AFC Wimbledon Chair, for a period of one year, at the conclusion of his current interim role.

Mick has been serving as chair of the football club on an interim basis since the departure of CEO Joe Palmer, having been a director of variously the Dons Trust, the football club and AFCW PLC over the..