The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane
Dan (Danesh) was born in Mauritius and stayed on the island with his family throughout his primary, secondary and tertiary education, even helping his grandfather and uncle in their financial business from the age of nine!
Dan arrived in the United Kingdom in 1970 and studied nursing in Basingstoke, qualifying as a mental health nurse. It was during this time that he met his wife to be Julie, a cadet nurse. After undertaking further training in Dorchester, Dan returned to Basingstoke where he married Julie and set up home. The couple later became proud parents to two sons Ryan and Sean.
Despite his career in nursing, Dan still managed to fill his spare time working as a volunteer driver for Hampshire social services. He also served his local community as a school governor in local primary and secondary schools and helped at Basingstoke Athletic Club – a club both his sons competed for.
In 1987 he was appointed as a Magistrate in the petty sessional division of Basingstoke sitting in adult and family courts. He is currently serving in courts all over Hampshire including the Crown Court.
Over the years Dan has supported a number of organisations in various capacities including: Hampshire Anglo-Mauritian Society, Basingstoke Council of Community Services, the rape crisis group, The Community Health Council, the health improvement committee, Sail Panel and many others. He served as a trustee of Kingfisher Housing Association and Sovereign Housing and is currently a trustee of Basingstoke District Sports Trust, Basingstoke Youth Action Trust, Basingstoke ITEC and a holding trustee of Hatch Warren Community Centre.
He has also worked with the Juvenile Justice Unit for more than 10 years, helping young people to be good citizens by taking them camping, motor bike scrambling, sailing and boating.