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» 01 Nov 2010

I was born in England in 1971 and have been living in Mauritius since July 2005.  In the UK, I worked for Lloyds TSB Bank for 10 years and then Scottish Widows Insurance as a Senior Business Financial Consultant, based in the City of London. I started my working life with Barclays Mauritius in January 2006, looking after their High Networth Clients and  moved to VFS International Ltd in October 2007.  I live in Mauritius with my wife, Alexandra, who was born and raised in Mauritius, and our Children, Cassandra and Rufus.
Childhood Passion / Memories….
My childhood memories include fishing with my friends in the Lake District, sitting in the rain for days on end, catching absolutely nothing (age10 to 14).  After finding this a bit boring, I started horse riding. My main passion was eventing competitions, galloping across the country side at breakneck speed jumping brick walls, unfortunately with many falls but thankfully not breaking anything…
I also love rugby, having played for 20 years in the UK for a local club in my home town of Nailsea. I now enjoy watching the game and, when an opportunity arises, getting the chance to see the game live either in the UK or in SA.
I decided, aged 16, that I did not want to carry on at school or go to University, so I joined Lloyds TSB Bank in Bristol, England as a clerk.  As opposed to learning more at University, I found that the university of life was much more rewarding…
In 1995, I found Bristol too small and decided to move to the bright lights of London where I discovered that I was not driven by day to day banking but by giving financial advice to clients and  companies.  The Key skill I learnt  for this role was being able to listen and finding out what a person’s needs were, then make sure that those needs were met.
In 1998, I met my wife to be, Alexandra who was in London visiting relatives and we met in a crowded night club on the dance floor.  When she first said she came from Mauritius, I did not have a clue where this country was but was intrigued to find out more.  After spending a year living apart, Alexandra decided to come and live in England to study as a Special Educational Needs teacher , we spent 6 great years in London, enjoying all that it has to offer. We decided to move to Mauritius in 2005 as Alexandra had been offered a full-time post working in one of the International schools to teach children with Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia. She is now self employed and works with most of the private english-medium schools on the island.
As per true mauritian standards, my house was not completed when we moved here in 2005 but we had the chance to spend 3 months living on the beach, which was a great way to get acclimatised to this wonderful island.
Living in Mauritius revolves around spending time with our daughter, Cassandra and our two labradors, Jessie and Polly, working, socialsing and enjoying the Mauritian Life Style…. I enjoy good food, nice wine, travelling, keeping fit and reading. My favourite time of the week is going to Tamarin Bay on a weekend morning with my wife, daughter and dogs to enjoy the sun, sand and sea and if we are lucky, catching a glimpse of the dolphins in the bay.  I try to play golf when I can and prefer to play in the week so that I can keep my weekends free for the family….
Work in Mauritius…..
I started off with Barclays  Bank ,where I learnt so much in the 18 months spent there, such as business practice, politics, religions and what really makes Mauritius tick. This gave me an excellent grounding for my present job as Financial Advisor at VFS International as I have greater awareness, knowledge and insight into how I can best help my clients achieve their goals…
I see a lot of expatriates in my job and my advice to anyone looking to come here is: "if you immerse yourself in the mauritian life style you will love it and want to stay for ever.”

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