Dons Trust election: what happens next?

The result of the Dons Trust board election was announced yesterday (Saturday 8 December). If you missed it, you can see the tallies on the Dons Trust website and I’ve reproduced them below.

  • Anna Kingsley 476

  • Dennis Lowndes 424

  • Hannah Kitcher 760

  • James Macdonald 363

  • Luke Mackenzie 496

  • Mark Brewer 172

  • Matt Breach 404

  • Nigel Higgs 278

  • Rob Crane 500

  • Sean McLaughlin 397

  • Tim Hillyer 385

I genuinely had no advance idea how the result would turn out. With so many new candidates standing, there was a bit of a sense that ‘something was in the air’ but no real way of telling whether that would be reflected in the results. So although I hoped I would do well, it was still a surprise to hear the result.

Congratulations to Hannah, Luke and Anna who join me on the new board; we’ll be joining Mark Davis, Colin Dipple, Roger Evans, Cormac van der Hoeven and Jane Lonsdale who are already on the board, with their terms ending in December 2019.

Being on the board takes up a lot of time and is done out of genuine love for the club. As with all our volunteers, we sometimes don’t say ‘thank you’ often enough. So a massive ‘thank you’ for their time and hard work to those board members who stood again: Matt, Sean, Tim and Nigel.

At the risk of this turning into something like an Oscars acceptance speech, thank you to the other candidates, Dennis, James and Mark, and Anne-Marie Godfrey who stood but unfortunately had to withdraw, who all contributed to a healthy, vibrant election. And thank you to the election steering group, headed up by John Dolan, and everyone else who volunteered their time in any way to help with the election.

Not least, thank you to all the Trust members and supporters who took part, asking questions of the candidates and voting. Turnout this year was 44% which is a significant improvement on last year’s. Let’s aim to make it even higher in 2019.

What happens next?

The existing board is still in place until the Trust’s AGM on Thursday 20 December. (If you’re a member of the Trust, you should have already received your invite to that.) They have one of their regular monthly meetings this week and Hannah, Luke, Anna and myself have been invited along as observers to help us get up to speed on what’s currently going on.

The new board will meet officially for the first time early in the new year but you might start seeing us ‘on duty’ earlier than that, particularly with home matches against Plymouth and Blackpool over the festive period. If you do, please don’t hesitate to let us know any issues you have – or just come and say ‘Hello’!

Contacting me

We don’t have our Dons Trust email addresses yet, so if you want to email me please for the moment carry on using vote@robcrane.net

On Facebook, a few supporters I’ve not met before have sent me friend requests. I’ve thought about this a lot and have decided to keep my approach of only accepting friend requests from people I’ve actually met in the flesh and at least said ‘Hello’ to; my Facebook timeline is one of the few places online that gives me a bit of ‘personal space’.

But if you send me a direct message on Facebook I will respond, or you can probably find me lurking in the AFC Wimbledon group. Alternatively, you can find me on Twitter.

Thank you to everyone who voted for me. Come on, you Dons!