Do you want to help the Club build on its recent success?

We recently announced the date of our AGM (5 July) and call for nominations to the Trust Board. As a reminder, the cut off date to submit nominations to join the Board is 23:59 Tuesday 5 June.

If you’re interested in developing personal skills, helping the Football Club progress, and would like to contribute to our objectives then we would recommend you consider joining the Trust Board.

We have several areas on the Trust Board where we’re looking to fill gaps or compliment the existing resource. This includes but is not limited to:

Membership engagement – an important role which includes managing the existing membership base, and both retaining existing members and encouraging new members to join. Outgoing Board member, Pete Wright, has undertaken this role over the last couple of years.

Merchandise – over the last few years the Trust has expanded its merchandise offer to become one of the best in non-league. We always welcome new merchandise ideas and need someone to help out with our existing merchandise team. This role might involve managing the existing stock, liaising with suppliers and coordinating the internet shop. This role has primarily been undertaken by Mel Hughes over the last 3 years.

Treasurer – the role of Treasurer involves the paying of invoices to suppliers, maintaining our accounts and reporting back to the Board on the current financial situation at Board meetings. Our current Treasurer, Isaac Parnell, has undertaken this role over the last 3 years but would like to handover this role to someone else in the run up to the year end in December 2018. It’s not essential that the person is a qualified accountant, but an interest in finance and a bit of experience in basic book-keeping is useful.

Community Liaison – this is a role that involves developing ideas with the Football Club and maintaining an outreach programme within the local [East Dulwich] community. The Football Club has had an outstanding record in this area over the past few years which we would like to help maintain. With the Club’s temporary relocation to Tooting & Mitcham, this role will become vital to maintain our presence in East Dulwich and ensure that present and future generations are aware that there is a successful football club on their doorstep. Pete Campbell has undertaken this role during the last year.

Website/Online – this role involves managing and maintaining the current DHST website, publishing articles and liaising with the membership lead to maintain the membership database. Our website uses a WordPress template with several plug-ins so knowledge of this platform would be advantageous. We also have social media accounts on FacebookTwitter and Instagram which would benefit from additional resource to help maintain.

More detailed information on all of the roles the Trust Board undertakes are available here

If you’re not sure what you can offer the Trust Board but want to get involved then existing and past Trust Board members will be more than happy to discuss. Please email us in the first instance and we’ll set something up.

To further help you make your mind up, a few of our outgoing Board members have written a short piece on what life on the Trust Board is like.

Alex Crane – Served on the Board since 2015. Current Position: Chair

I’ve (mostly!) enjoyed my time on the Trust Board and it’s led me to meet some fantastic people and experience certain aspects of a football club which I never imagined would happen when I first turned up to watch the Hamlet around ten years ago. Much of my first year on the Board was spent working on the ground redevelopment plans and building our shop, known more affectionately as the “Mega-Container”. As someone who designs buildings for a living, the opportunity to actually build something myself was one I relished and has convinced me never to fit out a shipping container in the winter ever again!

Being on the Trust Board has helped me develop skills which have assisted me in my day job. Being in the role of Board Chair has meant having an oversight of all aspects of the Trust – from finance, merchandise, membership, external comms, political liaison as well as coordinating a team of people to carry out those operations. This has been demanding but also very rewarding to when it runs well – something I think the Trust has excelled at in recent years. I’m very proud that as a football club have a strong fanbase and that the Supporters’ Trust is well on the way to increasing its membership to nearly half the average attendance.

Pete Wright – Served on the Board since 2016. Current Position: Membership Engagement Lead.

I first began watching the Hamlet in 2013 and I was elected in 2016 and assumed a role defined as ‘Membership Engagement’. It quickly became clear that as a member of the DHST board you may lead on a particular aspect of trust business but in reality every member of the board is involved to some degree in all aspects of trust business. It’s been a privilege to work as a small part of two incarnations of the board. Both have been open, professional and have made strides towards achieving our objectives.

This was the first such role I have had and, as I’m sure will be reiterated elsewhere, it has been invaluable to my own personal development. As a member of the trust, nominally with the role of administrating the membership system, I have somehow gained insight into project management, developing personal and commercial relationships, organizing volunteers and running mailing lists (MailChimp). I’ve also learnt more than I’d like to about WordPress and PayPal. I’m a research scientist and it might not be obvious how assuming this role would have helped me in my day-today life, but I can tell you for one that my project meetings at work certainly run more smoothly now.              

Mel Hughes– Served on the Board since 2015. Current Position: Merchandise Lead

I have spent the last three years running the merchandise side of things for the Trust which has been very fulfilling. It has certainly been challenging at times and there have been highs and lows to ensure we kept up with the increasing number of supporters attending matches and the thirst for new merchandise!   

Volunteering for the Trust has certainly widened my skills which has helped me in my day job, and there is nothing better than seeing designs you have worked on turning Lordship Lane pink and blue.

When I first followed Dulwich, the Trust operated out of bags and boxes from a small shed (aka the “Mega-Shed”). A couple of years ago we upgraded to the “Mega-container”, and with our temporary relocation to Tooting, we’ve gone back to bags and boxes and the aptly-named “Mega-table”!

If you love this Club I highly recommend showing your support by volunteering on match days or by joining the Board to help bring us back home to Champion Hill.