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Sheikh Nahayan’s Millfield reports were good. His Housemaster recommended him to become a school prefect and he was described as being “polite, decent and exceptionally tidy and orderly”. Samir Haykal extolled his “smashing” at volleyball, Keith Nokes described him as “a first class shot”, explaining that “he enjoyed the driven duck at Stourhead” and Master i/c Judo, Ted Bullard, thought he was “an excellent fighter”.

After leaving Millfield, Nahayan Mabarak attended Magdalen College at Oxford University. Thereafter, his career has been characterized by creativity, innovation and dedicated public service. His dynamic leadership as a Cabinet Minister and Academic Administrator has guided and shaped higher education in the United Arab Emirates, emphasizing excellence and merit. In private business, he has been highly successful as entrepreneur, banker, venture capitalist and investor. A noted patron of the arts, His Excellency also strongly supports many other activities, ranging from natural history to national heritage to sports. He is a strong advocate of advanced technology in education and business. An active philanthropist, he has special concerns for individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, in a busy life, he still finds time to pilot light aircraft and helicopters and to pursue a favourite hobby, falconry.

For many years, Higher Education was the centerpiece of Nahayan’s public life, where he was Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE for13 years. For the past two years, he has been on the UAE Cabinet asMinister of Cultur, Youth and Social Development.

His Excellency has also played a major role in policy formulation related to the economic and social development of the UAE. He chaired the Standing Government Committee on Education and also chaired the Cabinet Level Committee on Manpower Planning. These two committees were charged with resolving policies for human resource development in the Emirates.

He is also an active, successful businessman, both within the UAE and on the international stage. He heads an international business group with interests in banking, construction, petrochemicals, hotels and real estate. He is a Chairman of many important companies, including, since 1982, the Union National Bank (one of the leading banks in the UAE), for the last seven years the Bank Al-Falah in Pakistan (a fast growing bank with more than 70 branches) and, since 2002, United Bank Limited (a major Pakistani bank with more than 1,000 branches).

Sheikh Nahayan actively supports many groups and associations. These include, Honorary Chairman of the UAE Natural History Group, Patron of Medicins Sans Frontiers in the UAE, President of the History and Historical Heritage of the UAE, Member of the Young Presidents Organization, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Cricket Club, President of UAE Table Tennis and the Arab Universities Sports Federations, and of course, President of the Arabian Peninsula Millfield Association. And we are most grateful to him for hosting at his palace the recent APMA dinner attended by OMs from all over the Arab world.

An accomplished public speaker, Nahayan gives more than 300 public speeches and presentations every year. He has been a chairman and patron of numerous conferences and symposia dealing with all aspects of life in the UAE and the Gulf.

Sheikh Nahayan actively supports many philanthropic activities, being particularly active in the support of people with disabilities. He is the Honorary Chairman of the Future Centre, a school for handicapped children in Abu Dhabi.

There can be few other Old Millfieldians who have achieved so much, in so many different fields, as His Excellency, OM of the Year.
From John Davies' speech: Garth and his brother Kevin went to Millfield, Garth being at St Anne’s between 1972 and 1974. I always had the highest regard for Garth’s Housemaster, Neil Chadwick, but I think he got it slightly wrong in his winter 1973 report. Although G was already in the Irish Boys Golf team, Neil wrote: “He needs to get into something he can do well” – and then he added “for example shooting”. Bearing in mind this was 1974 it was hardly the best advice for an Ulster man. Nonetheless, not spending much time on his golf at Millfield, Patrick Vaughan, master i/c Soccer reported “he thoroughly deserves his first XI place” – and there is a photo of him in soccer team …

Garth went on to have an outstanding career in Amateur Golf which included winning the British Amateur Championship, at Royal Dornoch in 1985, and being a member of the Walker Cup sides of 1985, 1991 and especially 1989, when the home team recorded a first historic win on American soil.

He was also in the World Amateur Team Championship teams of 1984, 1986 and 1988 at Ullva, Sweden, where Great Britain and Ireland won the Eisenhower Trophy after a gap of 12 years. Garth played for Irland in the home internationals between 1978 and 1999 and contributed towards Ireland winning the European Amateur Team Championships both in 1983 and 1987.

He has a sports goods distribution business in Bangor. A member of Bangor, Royal Portrush and Royal County Down Golf Clubs, he still plays from a handicap of +1.

However, his biggest honour came when the Royal and Ancient Golf Club appointed him non-playing Captain of the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup Team, which played against the United States, at Ganton, just last month. The 2-day event, with 30,000 spectators and covered fully on BBC Television, resulted in a thrilling climax, and a narrow 12½ - 11½ victory. Garth’s management of the team was widely praised. At the end, Garth commented (somewhat unnecessarily the Daily Telegraph thought) that he was a “shattered man”.

I saw most of the final day, on TV, and it’s a good job I didn’t have my blood pressure taken over the last half hour. I intend to look at G’s finger nails later on just to see if he has any left. And I am happy to report that the icing on the cake is that only a few days ago his appointment as Capt of the Walker Cup Team, for 2005 in the USA, was confirmed. So congrats …

Garth is a most distinguished Old Millfieldian sportsman and we’re delighted to confirm him as one of our “OMS of 2003”.
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