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Peter Winkelman is the current chairman of football club Milton Keynes Dons, as well as managing director of the property development consortium Inter MK that was responsible for developing the Denbigh North district of Milton Keynes.[1] The development includes IKEA, Asda and Stadium MK - the home of Milton Keynes Dons.

Pete Winkelman
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Born (1957-11-09) 9 November 1957 (age 61)
NationalityBritish
OccupationProperty developer, Football club chairman

Involvement in footballEdit

He is noted for his involvement in the controversial decision in 2001 by the directors of Wimbledon Football Club to relocate to Milton Keynes, around 60 miles from their traditional south London base. The club subsequently went into administration in 2003,[2] and played their first match in Milton Keynes in September, controlled by the administrator.[3] At the end of the season, the club was bought out by a consortium led by Winkelman, who became the team's chairman.[4] The new board relaunched the club as Milton Keynes Dons FC, also giving the side a new all-white strip and a new badge bearing the year "MMIV" (2004). [5]

Personal careerEdit

His earlier career was in pop music production, as a CBS executive.[6] He is also owner of Linford Manor Studios in Great Linford, Milton Keynes.[6]

On 6 June 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Open University "to mark his contribution to education through the world of professional football".[7]

On 12 November 2015, Milton Keynes Council awarded him the council's highest ceremonial honour, the Freedom of the Borough of Milton Keynes.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ New stadium underpins soccer strategy (SteelConstruction.org) Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Wimbledon go into administration". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. 2003-06-06. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  3. ^ Pryce, Robert (2003-09-29). "Wimbledon's happy ending is pure Hollywood". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  4. ^ "Wimbledon to change name". BBC. 2004-06-21. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  5. ^ "Wimbledon become MK Dons FC". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. 2004-06-21. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  6. ^ a b From Wimbledon to Winkelman, a crazy new journey - The Observer Sunday 30 March 2008
  7. ^ MK Dons chairman receives Honorary Doctorate from The Open University The Open University June 6th, 2013.
  8. ^ VIDEO: Pete Winkelman - ‘the man who made MK a world-renowned name’ - given Freedom of the Borough Milton Keynes Citizen, 12 November 2015