Destination Basingstoke

Meet The Team

Destination Basingstoke is operated through a non-executive board of directors, who all serve Destination Basingstoke on a voluntary basis.

Destination Basingstoke has a staff of four (left to right):

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Jon Pender

Jonathan Pender, Chairman & Company Secretary

Jonathan has been a Partner at Phillips Solicitors in the heart of Basingstoke since its formation in 1986 leading on the corporate and commercial aspects of the business. Jonathan’s role with Destination Basingstoke has grown over the years alongside Phillips Solicitors and they became Core Sponsors in 2012. Phillips has been particularly involved with the Half Marathon as the event’s main sponsor. As a keen marathon runner himself Jonathan has run all Basingstoke Half Marathons.

“This is a really important way of showing our practical as well as financial support for Destination Basingstoke and – from a business point of view – ensuring that Phillips is at the centre of decision making.”

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Beryl Huntingdon, Director

Beryl Huntingdon is Managing Director of Absolutely Offices and has a number of business and community interests in the Basingstoke area and appreciates the importance of extending the reach and reputation of Basingstoke and has been an enthusiastic supporter of Destination Basingstoke’s work over the years.

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Mike Sheldon, Director

Mike was appointed as Managing Director of Vitacress Salads Limited, based near Andover, in November 2018.

Prior to Joining Vitacress, Mike enjoyed a long career of nearly 25 years in the dairy industry. He held several senior management roles at Dairy Crest Ltd.

Mike lives in Wokingham and was a keen sportsman but now spends more time watching than playing!

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Viscount Lymington, Stakeholder

“We are delighted to join other partners to support Destination Basingstoke in its work to promote the area. We thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Jane Austen celebrations, and really understand the value of projects like this both for those living locally, as well as much further afield. Now we look forward to getting involved with Destination Basingstoke’s other projects.”

Paul Friend

Paul Friend, Stakeholder

Paul is the founder and creative director of Basingstoke based Face TV and has been a long supporter of Destination Basingstoke’s work and all things Basingstoke.

Caroline Baker, Stakeholder

Caroline is Director of Compliance at Castle Trust Bank. 

“Destination Basingstoke offers us the chance to get more involved in the community we are proud to be part of, they have such an exciting range of projects that we are keen to get staff enthused and engaged with. As a growing successful business with aspirations for a long term future in Basingstoke, we are looking forward to becoming really embedded in the local business scene, ”

Julie Maskery

Julie Maskery, Stakeholder

Julie is the Operations Director for Medical Services at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

“The partnership with Destination Basingstoke plays a key role in Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s staff recruitment and retention strategy. Working with Destination Basingstoke gives us visibility as an employer and also raises the profile of the area which helps us attract high quality and skilled staff to live and work in north Hampshire. The NHS is a competitive labour market and the association with Destination Basingstoke gives a valuable platform on which to build our reputation as an excellent group of hospitals.”

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Russell Denness, Stakeholder

Russell is the Chief Executive of Croudace Homes Group.

“Croudace Homes is a privately owned house-building company operating throughout the south east of England; products range from affordable starter homes through to large, luxury family homes. Its mission is to create homes of the highest quality, backed up with a first class customer service.

Croudace has been building homes in Basingstoke to suit a range of needs and aspirations for well over 20 years. We are proud and keen supporters of Destination Basingstoke, a fine example of public and private sectors coming together to good purpose; adding to the cultural amenity of the town, and promoting its benefits to new businesses and residents.”

John Biffen, Stakeholder

John is a director at Menzies LLP and keeps a watch on financial management of Destination Basingstoke.

Neil Churchill

Neil Churchill, Stakeholder

Neil is the Centre Director of Basingstoke’s shopping centre, Festival Place.

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Paul Fearon, Stakeholder

Paul is the General Manager of Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke’s largest independent hotel.

"Partnering Destination Basingstoke with their numerous projects and events is vitally important to me and the Apollo Hotel. We are the largest independent hotel within the Borough and have built our reputation on flexibility and service, as we strive to exceed our clients expectations, should they be meeting, eating or staying with us."

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