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Governance arrangements are important, but they're only effective if they facilitate active governance being exercised in practice. This entails a balance of influence between Trustees, the Chair and the CEO/executive team. This challenge can be a stretch but the AMH board recognised their effectiveness was the key to the success of AMH and they wanted to be sure they were achieving the balance of providing strategic leadership whilst ensuring prudent control of operations.

Guest Blog by Jenny Irvine, ARC Healthy Living Centre Ltd 

Full of hope, enthusiasm and pringles, I returned to work on Friday 3 January and today – Monday 6 – having played the customary back to work bingo……. Tree down yet? Get anything nice? Shocking dose….. Quiet, you? 

I began preparing for our January audit/risk and board meeting.


The theme for CO3's Conference and Leadership Awards taking place in March 2020 is "The Why factor”.

So this begs the question, why invest in training?

Let’s take a moment to think about investments, all the necessary commodities that require monthly investment, be it office equipment, IT, security, mileage, wages… The list is endless!


Gerald Oppenheim, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Regulator, and new Northern Ireland Manager, Joanne McDowell, discuss the regulator’s commitment to working collaboratively with charities in Northern Ireland, implementing the new Code of Fundraising Practice and our upcoming events with CO3.


"Social Innovation" award winner 2019, Isobel Loughran explains what this award meant to her

As we look forward to CO3 Leadership Conference and Awards 2020 we wanted to take some time to catch up with a few of our 2019 award winners to find out what has happened since.

This week took the opportunity to catch up with Isobel Loughran of Footprints Woman's Centre and winner of our "Social Innovation" award 2019.