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 …
Around 20 members of the Enindico Roses and Thorn community heard excellent talks from Liz Aitken of Moray & Agnew Lawyers, Francesca Maclean of Arup and Olympic diver Anabelle Smith at this Virtual Soiree.
You can see more on Liz, Francesca and Belle via these links:
Much-loved Melbourne singer-songwriter Gretta Ziller (http://grettaziller.com) played another wonderful live-acoustic-virtual gig for members of the Enindico Roses and Thorn community, only seven weeks after a first gig that found her plenty of new fans.
As well as playing current single ‘Unlikely Believer’, gig attendees were lucky enough to hear Gretta do a couple of new songs that will feature on her upcoming new album, as well as cracking interpretations of ‘Can’t Let Go’ by Lucinda Williams and ‘The Heat Is On’ by Glenn Frey of The Eagles. You get an elephant stamp if you remember which 80s film had the latter song on the soundtrack …
Over 30 members of the Enindico Roses and Thorn community had the opportunity to hear Matt Gaffney interview Marlene Elliott. Marlene is a Non-Executive Director of Commonwealth Games Australia, Workways Australia and Triathlon Australia, while also being an Associate Director of VUCA.
Marlene provided perspectives on why she “wasn’t a cool kid at school and could not make the A Grade netball team” and her subsequent efforts in her chosen sport that ended up with her playing at Nationals. Marlene then spoke on her careers in banking and professional services and her current focuses, with plenty of learnings shared by Marlene and lots of questions for her from Virtual Soiree participants.
Almost 30 Fine Fellows from across Melbourne gathered virtually to hear the story of Moon Dog Craft Brewery (https://moondogbrewing.com.au/) from co-founder Jake Uljans. To complement Jake, Brett Van Duppen from Committee for Melbourne spoke about some of his transportation-focused policy work aimed at us all getting around Melbourne better. Matt Forbes of PKF Melbourne then put the participants through a fantastic online quiz with questions on Moon Dog, Moons and Dogs. Jason O’Connor is the inaugural Fine Fellows Quiz Legend …