I’ve learnt a few things about Owen Finegan over the years that he’s been CEO of Snowy Hydro SouthCare. He’s a Thermomix man, whatever that says about him, but is absolutely the nicest bloke around and proved something wonderful with his stint with the chopper squad; he can run an organisation smoothly, win friends and influence people and play the social minefield as a fundraiser extraordinaire. To be liked is good, to be admired is another step up but to be respected is essential and he achieved that. Now having looked into the Thermomix thingamybob, I’d advise he spend some time with a real chef – I have one I can lend - to reap the benefits and leave magically mulching vegetables into oblivion to those who don’t know how to cook.
I jest. He’ll be missed, and was appropriately farewelled with a cocktail gathering in the penthouse suite of the Burbury Hotel on a spectacular Canberra autumn afternoon with friends, sponsors, board members and staff old and new as he returns to Sydney to continue good works in the charitable business arena. On this occasion too, two long term board members, James Willson MD of CRE8IVE and Graham Gulson of that very nice car company of the same name stepped down, with acknowledgement of their efforts for the business of running this service.
A presentation to Finegan by Chairman David Marshall and Simon Corbell was made and Finegan said all the right things in that laconic way that is intrinsically the nature of the man. He always keeps it real and will be missed out at the helo-port, but the legacy of his efforts will be in seeing the rescue service continue and prosper with a smooth transition to the new bloke on the block, Chris Kimball, another great bloke and just announced as Finegan’s successor.
In a beautiful space with a spectacular view all was very pleasurable and convivial as we said hoo-roo to the Finegan who will begin again….I’ve always wanted to use that line about him, and we do all wish him well.