Joshua Dugdale, Custodian of Wasing Estate, is the seventh generation of the Mount family. His maternal ancestor John Mount purchased the Estate in 1759, having established a very successful map publishing company in London with his father & business partner Thomas Page. Their business, Mount and Page, dominated the British map and sea chart industry in the 18th century, producing the English Pilot, amongst many other publications, which helped Captain Cook's Endeavour navigate to Australia. With the Estate's DNA rooted in wayfaring, Joshua's own personal journey has aptly been one of discovery.
After studying economics at Manchester University, Joshua commenced his career in filmography, producing documentaries around the world including a three-year biopic of the fourteenth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso. Upon his return to England, Joshua took over the management of Wasing Estate and developed one of the country's most stunning events venues.
Having hosted large scale festivals, to smaller more conscious events, in 2016, Joshua was introduced to the Yawanawa, an indigenous people of Brazil & later travelled to their homelands; a deeply profound & life changing experience. From here an exceptional connection was forged and Medicine Festival was conceptualised. The festival is a unique remedial experience which invites people to come together and envision a more enlightened, peaceful & sustainable world, creating a platform where ancient wisdom and western perspectives can come together.
Now, Wasing is a vibrant & unique space to celebrate, connect, grow & heal, offering a different narrative to the connection between people & planet. Many traditions recognize the significance of the 7th generation as an opportunity for change. And as the 7th generation of the Mount family living at Wasing, Joshua is committed to forging Wasing’s unique path as a wayfarer of a different type to his ancestors, rooted in land not sea.
Andrew joined Wasing as Chief Executive in 2019, bringing with him an exceptional wealth of international experience in luxury hospitality, events, leisure and wellness.
After studying Hospitality Management at the University of Central England, he joined the Graduate Development programme at the world’s largest hotel chain Marriott where his passion for hospitality grew, working across all key business functions from housekeeping to restaurant management, and progressing latterly to Operations Director.
In 2009, Andrew was appointed as General Manager at Rome Park Marriott Hotel in Italy, one of Europe’s premier and largest conference hotels with 601 bedrooms, a luxury Spa and the space to hold international conferences, conventions and exhibitions for up to 7,500 people. Following exceptional improvements in guest satisfaction and revenue generation the award of Global Sales Leader was achieved in 2010.
In 2012 he returned to the UK and joined Lingfield Park, one of Europe’s busiest racecourses with up to 100 race days a year, as Executive Director. Here Andrew brought all elements of the business together, including the racecourse, hotel, golf course, spa, conferences, concerts and major events through driving a rebrand to Lingfield Park Resort, a premier hospitality and sporting destination. Under Andrew’s stewardship the development of the “All Weather Championships Finals Day” took place with a sell-out crowd in its inaugural year followed by further capacity crowds in subsequent years. The growth and curation of music concerts after racing firmly established Lingfield as a venue to see top artists.
After a spell as Chief Operating Officer at Wilderness Reserve, an 8,000 acre estate with a stunning collection of exclusive use properties, Andrew went on to develop his passion for helping and coaching people. Qualified in Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Timeline Therapy he regularly helps people overcome their limiting beliefs and removing blockages that may be holding them back. With his journey into wellbeing very much in place, he uses meditation, breathwork and hot and cold immersion to keep him in balance.
Andrew’s vision for Wasing is to deliver profound experiences by providing the perfect blend of unrivalled hospitality & stunning venues and to be a unique space to come together to think, feel, heal, celebrate and reflect.