Mark Thistlethwayte. High Sheriff of Hampshire 2018 – 2019

My family has been based in Hampshire for nearly 500 years and it is an enormous privilege to have been nominated as High Sheriff of Hampshire. Although born and brought up in Oxfordshire I have lived for many years in Hambledon, close to Portsmouth with my wife, Melissa and our three children, Rosie, Harry and Lisabel.

I graduated with a degree in accountancy from the University of Exeter and then had a career in the City of London working for James Capel, Cazenove and then as the Chief Executive of various Edmond de Rothschild group companies.

In 2008 I set up my own business in Winchester, Buckland Capital Partners where I run a diverse portfolio of businesses across the country. I am also involved with planning and building new homes and communities for Hampshire and in particular I am seeking to promote a more sustainable, sympathetic and inclusive vision for vital new housing. I have become focused on seeing how we can address the competing pressures of the need for new homes and at the same time ensuring these homes are backed up with jobs and the full infrastructure needed for a successful community to thrive. Our property arm is the lead developer for the new 6,000 home Garden Village of Welborne, near Fareham.

As a family we endeavour to support a number of local charities including the tremendous Rowans Hospice, The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and various bodies supporting those with severe learning difficulties and long-term challenges. I act as a director/trustee for a number of community groups and trusts. Much of our leisure time is focused on country pursuits including walking, riding and cricket.