Matt Gaffney’s adored aunt Sue Gaffney – who is also the informal Patron of the Enindico Roses and Thorn community – has been made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to dental professional organisations and to education.
It is wonderful to see Sue recognised for what she contributed over many, many years in dentistry in South Australia – much of it in tandem with her late husband Dr Adrian Gaffney. Sue continues to contribute in a multitude of ways beyond dentistry these days.
The reopening of South Australia to Victorians allowed Matt to get across to Adelaide for the first time in 10 months. Across three days based in downtown Adelaide, Matt met with two Partners of PKF Adelaide on projects they are working on together, won a career development coaching program and identified a couple of new opportunities.
To complement this visit, Matt is planning to be back in Adelaide for up to a week in mid April.
A dozen members of the Enindico Roses and Thorn community heard from Annaliese McPharlin of The University of Melbourne, Louise Witherow of Veolia Australia and Olympic diver Anabelle Smith at this Virtual Soiree.
Annaliese showcased the new Melbourne Connect connected innovation ecosystem at the Parkville Campus of The University of Melbourne (https://melbconnect.com.au/). Louise is almost half way through a two year Veolia Australia Graduate Program and she spoke about her experience so far and what is coming next.
Belle has moved from Adelaide to Melbourne and back to Adelaide to maintain momentum with her training around the COVID-19 border challenges. Belle shared a bit on what she is doing and planning, while we all keep our fingers crossed for the Tokyo Olympics to go ahead safely in July – so that Belle can again represent Australia and, ideally, come away with another Olympic medal before she retires from elite competition.
16 members of the Enindico Fine Fellows community gathered in the Beer Garden of Hawthorn’s Glenferrie Hotel for a meal and some drinks. It had been way, way too long since we’d been able to do this in Melbourne.
Thanks to Holly Otto and her colleagues at Xero, Matt Gaffney was interviewed by Alexandra Cain for a Xero-sponsored series in the Australian Financial Review on making the leap from the big four and establishing my Enindico practice – https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/making-the-leap-from-the-big-four-20201210-p56mcl
Matt Gaffney thought it was appropriate to announce some awards this year. Having done some extensive analysis, the awards have gone to:
- Jo Mein as ‘Hero Rose’ – For resilience as the aviation industry stalled due to COVID-19 and through other challenges thrown up by 2020 … and for a breathtaking presentation at a Roses and Thorn Virtual Soiree
- Maryanne Pidcock as ‘Super-engaged Rose’ – For active participation in 25 of 27 Roses and Thorn Virtual Soirees … and for the volunteering of support to a number of Roses
- Helena Mileo as ‘Emerging Rose’ – For resilience, adaptability and initiative as her Yale studies were stalled due to COVID-19 … and for a sense of what Helena can pursue and achieve beyond those studies on the world stage.
The Glenferrie Hotel in Hawthorn hosted the first in-person Roses and Thorn gathering since March, with 36 members of the Roses and Thorn community spread across four tables for dinner and drinks in the Beer Garden despite a night of wild Melbourne weather.
Around 20 members of the Enindico Roses and Thorn community heard a diverse and engaging mix of talks from Emily Knowles of Human Link, Qantas pilot Jo Mein and Nicole Butler of Hunt & Hunt Lawyers at this Virtual Soiree.
Did you know that, prior to her commercial aviation career, Jo was the first female Roulette pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force’s elite formation aerobatic team. Incredible …
Around 20 members of the Enindico Roses and Thorn community heard from Kellie Badge of Forensic Solutions Litigation Support and Kate Eichler of Maribyrnong City Council at this Virtual Soiree.
Kellie has partnered with David Ferrier to establish Forensic Solutions and you can see more on their recently-established practice here – https://www.forensicsolutions.com.au/
It was so good to see the ‘Ring of Steel’ around Greater Melbourne come down so that Melburnians can again get out and see their regional Victorian friendies. The Enindico fleet of one was on the Hume Freeway by dawn on Monday 9 November and, over that Monday and the three days that followed, Matt did project work and explored opportunities in Nagambie, Shepparton, Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong. It turned into a bit of a Midland Highway odyssey and, by the time Matt returned to Melbourne, he had started a new career development coaching program, won three more programs and been asked for two proposals. He may have also done quite well with regional Victorian food, wine and craft beer while away, too …