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Mark Hely Hutchinson

MARTIN FITZPATRICK PEOPLE remember Mark Hely Hutchinson for two reasons. As the jockey who twice rode Arkle - and lost. And as the Guinness boss who, when asked his opinion of the vastly-hyped new 'Guinness Light', replied with searing honesty, "Ghastly" - a conclusion endorsed by the consumer.

As expected from a second son of Lord Donoghmore, Mark Hely Hutchinson travelled the predictable route through Eton, Oxford and the British Army (Brigade of Guards) before taking up a senior job in St James's Gate. Highly rated, he might have landed the top Guinness job but this went to Ernest Saunders and Guinness Group changed forever. Instead, Hutchinson moved on to head up Bank of Ireland. Cruelly bad timing eventually lost him the confidence of the BoI board. In 1990, after seven years in charge, he was given three hours notice to quit.

He never returned to mainstream management. Instead he became a crusader for inner-city jobs, chairing the Dublin Inner City Partnership and helping thousands in socially-deprived areas to find employment.

Independently wealthy, he sold his home, Larchill near Coolock, for some £9 million, moved with his wife Margaret to Malahide and continues to be busy in non-commercial activities. He's indulged his interest in music by helping direct the Dublin Chamber Orchestra and he's been part of the organisation of international music competitions.

Medical reasons have forced the 67-year-old to wind down a bit, but he still chairs the BoI's important Millennium Scholars Programme.

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