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,..

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..

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..

Dons Trust SGMThe April SGM

Mark Davis, Chair of the Dons Trust Board, runs through the topics that will be discussed at the first Dons Trust meeting of the year.

I will shortly be writing to members to invite them to a Special General Meeting to be held on 17 April. These meetings are at the heart of the Dons Trust Board’s accountability to the membership. Members get to approve (or not) some important decisions and have a chance to quiz the DTB on the..

A computer-generated image of the new stadiumAn update from the Chair

Mark Davis, Chair of the Dons Trust Board, has a round-up of progress on various fronts at the club and the Trust.

In my programme page for the Boxing Day game against Plymouth Argyle, I set out what our newly elected Dons Trust Board (DTB) members could expect over the next year. Now is a good time to summarise how 2019 is shaping up so far.

First of all, with four of the nine elected members new to the DTB,..

The matchday experience

Dons Trust Board member Cormac van der Hoeven hopes that in the coming weeks supporters will feel reassured by visible changes around the stadium.

The UK footballing landscape has had a particularly troublesome few months. In December last year, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused during a Premier League match against Chelsea, while some fans of our eventual FA Cup conquerors, Millwall, were recorded using a racist term that is derogatory to the Pakistani community in their fourth-round tie.


Hannah Kitcher Dons Trust Board MemberGetting our priorities right

Dons Trust Board member Hannah Kitcher has news of the Board’s priorities for the year ahead, and which members will be overseeing which areas.

On this page in the West Ham programme in January, I said that I’d share with you my targets as a Dons Trust Board (DTB) member. By sharing our targets with members, you then have something to hold us to account for. I admit that I did promise to do this by the end of February,..

Anna KingsleyWhen the going gets tough …

It’s time for all AFC Wimbledon fans to pull together, says new Dons Trust Board member Anna Kingsley.

I used to come to games and just be concerned about whether we would win or lose. I’d check where we were in the table and if we might get promoted (or at least we’re not in any danger of relegation). Until this season, the news was usually good.

Now I’m on the Dons Trust Board there’s a lot more to be..

Hannah Kitcher Dons Trust Board MemberHelp us stay on target

Newly elected Dons Trust Board member Hannah Kitcher wants to talk about disrupting the boardroom norm, and about accountability.

This is my first programme article as a Dons Trust Board member, on the occasion of AFC Wimbledon’s first ever fourth-round FA Cup tie. This game – and, as a by-product, this article – have come about thanks to a memorable victory at Fleetwood Town’s Highbury Stadium in the third round, a game that also gave me my first experience as..

Luke MackenzieBack on board

New Dons Trust Board member Luke Mackenzie talks about his first impressions of the role – and compares it with when he was on the Board in the early years of AFC Wimbledon.

First, I want to offer my thanks to those who voted for me in December’s Dons Trust Board election. The month and a half since I was elected has been a bit of a whirlwind in terms of familiarising myself with everything that goes on behind the..