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Five Minutes of Fame with Gareth Tebbutt

Gareth Tebbutt is Deputy Director of Business Administration at Dulwich College (Singapore) and has been for the last two years. In this article, he tells us what he would ask Neil Armstrong if he had the opportunity, how Winston the Westie stops him feeling outnumbered at home, and about the time his wife was chased by an elephant!

Where else in the world have you lived?

Before I moved to Singapore I had only ever lived in the UK. Most of my time was spent living in the West Country before I moved to warmer climates!

Tell us about your family.

I have two amazing daughters - one is six going on 16 and the other is two going on 22! I also have a beautiful wife. I must admit that at times I do feel a little outnumbered but our dog, Winston the Westie, supports me through those times!

What’s your favourite weekend activity in Singapore?

Most Saturday mornings we climb Bukit Timah Hill as a family. Not only is it a good work out but a great opportunity for some family bonding. We spend a lot of time in our pool and when we can, we head to the beach as well. 

Did you always want to work in business admin?

I actually used to be a hotel manager. I fell into hospitality as a teenager, fell in love with it and worked my way through the ranks to become the manager of a five star hotel. For the years before I moved to Singapore I was Domestic Bursar at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. I made the professional move from hotel management so that I could spend time with my daughters and watch them grow up. 

What is your favourite book and who is your favourite author?

I absolutely love autobiographies. It doesn't matter who they are by, they fascinate me. But if we are talking about authors, my all time favourite author is Wilbur Smith. 

Tell us about a hidden talent or a top secret that no-one would know about you.

I fall off a surfboard pretty well! And although this is not my secret it is still very cool: My wife was once chased by an elephant through Karoo National Park. 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party, dead or alive?

I would certainly invite my great grandfather - I never got to meet him and I would love to. I would also invite my wife's parents who I also never got to meet, Winston Churchill as he would be fascinating and Neil Armstrong so I could ask if he really did make it to the moon.

What does a typical day at the College look like for you?

No two days are ever the same but they all start with meeting and greeting students from the buses which is a great way to start the day. When I can, I love to take my daughter to her classroom. Then it's onto policy reviewing, operational management, vendor and contractor liaising and much much more. 

Do you have a motto or saying that really resonates with you?

"Treat people as you'd like to be treated"

Do you have a most memorable teacher moment?

It absolutely has to be my daughter's first day at school and that is closely followed by the Official Opening of the Organ. 

Thank you, Gareth! Tune in next month when we will be talking to Cerys Shanley, Head of Nusery at Dulwich College (Singapore).