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EXPATRIATES IN MAURITIUS
» 01 Apr 2013
DAVID GRAY A FAMILY MAN!

HI DAVID SO WHERE DO YOU HAIL FROM?

I was born in Newcastle a few years after the Second World War, and grew up with my parents and an older sister and brother. Secondary school was Jarrow Grammar School, followed by a BA in Social Sciences and post grad in Health management, in Newcastle.

ARE THERE ANY IMPORTANT EVENTS WHICH LEFT AN IMPACT ON YOU?

I first saw my future wife whilst I was living in Dublin, and she was a student. I remember the energy, beauty and hair
of my new neighbor. She was living with two of her sisters, all of whom were studying in Dublin. I was blessed in that
her parents asked me to keep an eye on the girls, which I was only too happy to oblige! We went our separate ways but
I bumped into Antoinette and her mum one Christmas and suggested we have lunch, surprisingly she accepted. Davy
Burns in Dublin, a seafood lunch with a glass of Champagne and a friendly kiss on my cheek, which I interpreted as romantic rather than its intended friendship. That kiss changed my life and resulted in our marriage and the birth of
three great boys.  

IS THERE SOMEONE IN PARTICULARLY WHOM YOU CAN SAY MADE YOU WHO YOU ARE?

My mother was a post lady and rose at 4:30 am daily, delivering letters on foot.  She never stopped working and caring
for us, always tidying cooking or ironing. That energy and caring has influenced my life. None of her family had the benefit of university education so when I told her I wanted to help people and study social sciences her response was the usual pragmatism “Do you not want to get an apprenticeship and have a proper job’’
Events for me revolve around my family, with Antoinette, completing the London Marathon, with her 8 sisters and raising GBP30, 000 for a kid’s charity. Mark graduating from University: James playing rugby for the first team and Jack our baby, playing the saxophone, whilst I could not get a note out of it.

SO HOW DID YOU COME TO OUR SMALL PARADISE ISLAND?

From the age of 7, I had a dream of visiting an island, white beaches, clear and sunny skies, and azure blue seas.
This dream came from watching the movie “South Pacific” I was invited to visit Mauritius to undertake a review of Apollo Bramwell Hospital and some months after my report received a pleasantly surprising call to ask if I would have
an interest in managing the hospital.

An opportunity I jumped at and so I relocated to Mauritius in October 2011. My family reaming in the UK but we see each other every 6 weeks or so, either in Mauritius or the UK. They will be here for Easter. A FEW WORDS ABOUT YOUR JOB
PERHAPS?


Apollo Bramwell Hospital is the most prestigious private hospital not only in Mauritius but also in the Indian Ocean. It is the largest private healthcare investment and built and operated to international standards. This standard has been cemented by the hospital receiving the highest accolade in private healthcare of obtaining Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCI) a testament to the efforts and commitment of all hospital staff.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN MAURITIUS?

Obviously the climate and scenery are amazing, but the warmth and friendship of my new Mauritian friends is truly uplifting. My hobby is golf and to have 7 amazing golf courses to play, in shorts and a short sleeved shirt, and generally in the sunshine is a real bonus. Accessing great courses within an hour’s drive is a real boon allied with staying at world class hotels.

WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF HAPPINESS / YOUR FAVOURITE QUOTES / SAYINGS?

Happiness for me is seeing my sons growing into well rounded, thoughtful “gentlemen”, seeing the warmth and love of my wife when I return to the UK and sharing a glass of champagne with foie gras.

My favourite saying is “5% of something is better than 100% of nothing”. I guess my golf partners, who have the dubious benefit of my coaching would say my quote is always “the ball generally travels in the direction which you point”.

Ismael, who drives for me and my family sometimes and drives the hospital VIPs is the epitome of a great person and a model employee. If the world was full of Ismaels it would be a far better place

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