Our Team

Our experienced and friendly Office Team are here to help, just get in touch if you have any questions.

Here at Magellan we all live and breathe our trips, it’s not a hobby, it’s what we do. Our guides are extensively trained to cope with all eventualities on the road, they will be on hand to offer as much support as you need whilst away while still allowing you to relax and enjoy your holiday on your own terms.

Felix Billington

Owner


Felix setup Magellan to enable people to explore new countries and destinations on their bikes easily and safely. He has travelled to over 60 countries and ridden bikes in most of them including China, Mongolia and Nepal. He now splits his time between running the company, scouting new routes and dropping in on his favourite tours.

  • 10yrs biking experience
  • Over 60 Countries visited
  • Speaks English, French & Spanish
  • Favourite trip: Norway
  • Current bikes: BMW GS 1200
  • First bike: Honda CX500
  • Wishlist bike: Harley Road King
  • Magellan superpower: Charming his way past border checkpoints

Charlie Moon

Sales


Charlie is the guy many of you will have your first contact with as he deals with all our incoming bookings. We do allow him out of his cave from time to time though so you may well spot him on one of your trips. When you do make sure you tease him about how low he has to have his seat!

  • 1yrs biking experience
  • Over 18 Countries visited
  • Speaks English & schoolboy French
  • Favourite trip: Picos and Pyrenees
  • Current bikes: HONDA NC750
  • First bike: Honda 250 CRF
  • Wishlist bike: Harley Sport Glide
  • Magellan superpower: OCD attention to detail

Ben Spear

Reservations & events


Ben coordinates the thousands of hotel room and crossing bookings we make each year to make sure your trips go off without a hitch. He also co-ordinates the Magellan social media accounts and organises our community events each year. Another Uk based office bod who escapes as often as he can to lead trips across central Europe.

  • 18yrs biking experience
  • Over 16 Countries visited
  • Speaks English, German and pathetic French!
  • Favourite trip: Austrian Tyrol & Swiss Alps
  • Current bikes: BMW GS 1200
  • First bike: Yamaha RD50
  • Wishlist bike: Buel Firebolt or an old BSA
  • Magellan superpower: Ability to eat endlessly without gaining weight

David Billington

Ops & tour management


David is responsible for our lovely shiny tour packs and not only helps keep the team in check but is also always the first to volunteer to recon new routes for us. He often recons trips in his camper-van in the winter and then goes and rides them all over again in the summer to put the finishing touches to them.

  • 46yrs biking experience
  • Over 20 Countries visited
  • Speaks English & French
  • Favourite trip: USA Pacific north west
  • Current bikes: BMW GS 1200
  • First bike: Suzuki AS50 Street scrambler
  • Wishlist bike: 1973 750 Norton Commando roadster (bought one brand new and should never have sold it!)
  • Magellan superpower: Finding the secret twisty roads the local bikers use

Naomi Sesstein

Marketing


Naomi runs the marketing wing of Magellan from the saddle of her bike. She worked for BMW before we poached her to come and ride all over the world with us and she’s a natural. An advanced rider for many years, she loves nothing more than leaving the other guides in her dust on a rideout!

  • 7yrs biking experience
  • Over 25 Countries visited
  • Speaks English and a little French
  • Favourite trip: USA Pacific Northwest
  • Current bikes: BMW F800r
  • First bike: BMW F650GS
  • Wishlist bike: BMW R9T
  • Magellan superpower: Never gets awful helmet hair!

Toby Best

digital guru


Toby is our digital guru in residence and looks after our website, videos and other digital content. He also helps to manage our guide training program and when not slaving away in the UK pulls rank and guides many of our sunny Spanish trips. It’s a hard life but someone’s got to do it.

  • 7yrs biking experience
  • Over 10 Countries visited
  • Speaks English, German and Spanish
  • Favourite trip: The Spain Grand Tour
  • Current bikes: BMW GS 1200 Adventure
  • First bike: Suzuki GS 500
  • Wishlist bike: BMW Bagger
  • Magellan superpower: Computer Whizz

Mark Holroyd

Tour Guide


Mark is a bike nut who has been repressed by 24 years in the Royal Navy as a Clearance Diver followed by 13 years working all around the world’s war zones clearing landmines. He now guides tours all over the world for Magellan and is the only vegetarian we know who drives a Bacon lorry for fun in his spare time.

  • Over 30yrs biking experience
  • Over 40 Countries visited
  • Speaks English, Schoolboy Spanish and a smattering of Pashtun
  • Favourite trip: Norway
  • Current bikes: BMW GS 1200 Adventure
  • First bike: KTM 125
  • Wishlist bike: Honda X ADV Scooter
  • Magellan superpower: Bomb Disposal

Nick Dawson

Tour Guide


Nick worked in the Whisky Industry for 25 years prior to moving into construction and then retiring to move with his French wife to the south of France. He has never been without a motorcycle since his first Puch moped aged 16 and now has a small collection of which a BMW GS1200 is his current touring bike of choice.

  • 42yrs biking experience
  • Over 11 Countries visited
  • Speaks English, French, and some German
  • Favourite trip: France & Corsica
  • Current bikes: BMW GS 1200
  • First bike: Puch MP50
  • Wishlist bike: Norton V4RR
  • Magellan superpower: Whiskey nosing

Billy Byfield

Tour Guide


Billy lives on a little island on the Inner Hebrides of Scotland called Tiree. He’s been biking mad his whole life and is an absolute whizz at fixing all types of mechanical issues by the side of the road. Not only is he a great rider and all round good egg he’s also a black belt martial artist so you’re in good hands when you’re away.

  • 22yrs biking experience
  • Over 20 Countries visited
  • Speaks German, Conversational Spanish and French
  • Favourite trip: Morocco
  • Current bikes: BMW GSA triple black
  • First bike: Vespa PK50 Roma.
  • Wishlist bike: Mint Green and Cream Lambretta
  • Magellan superpower: Macgyver Mechanical skills….Oh and Karaoke

Andy Wright

Tour Guide


Andrew grew up around bikers and from an early age could be found in the garage with his grandad tinkering with classic cars and bikes. To date he has owned 15 motorcycles which he says is still not enough! He first went traveling with his partner to the lake district on his bike and has never looked back…

  • 14yrs biking experience
  • Over 11 Countries visited
  • Speaks English, currently learning Spanish and French
  • Favourite trip: Switzerland
  • Current bikes: Kawasaki Z1000SX, Aprillia RSV Mille
  • First bike: Yamaha FS1E
  • Wishlist bike: Suter MMX500
  • Magellan superpower: The ability to spot a squirrel at over 100 metres!

Andre Bajaria

Tour Guide


Andre is an engineer who decided to get a bike after a pub conversation in 2012. Since then he’s ridden in and around Europe, India, North and South America. He’s now got a little stable of bikes with his wife in the Peak District and also moonlights as a business consultant and sheep farmer.

  • 7yrs biking experience
  • Over 28 Countries across 4 continents
  • Speaks English, some French & some German
  • Favourite trip: Picos
  • Current bikes: BMW GS 1200, Triumph Speed Triple 1050R
  • First bike: DT 125
  • Wishlist bike: Triumph Hurricane X75
  • Magellan superpower: Making light of any situation

Become a Magellan guide

We’re an expanding company and always on the lookout for new guides and people to spread the Magellan word. If this sounds like you, please make contact.

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