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Achieving excellence and supporting future leaders in our communities

This week we introduce a think piece by Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund Director for Northern Irleand. Joanne zooms in on the elephant in the Third Sector room: the very people and organisations dedicated to healing conflicts, promoting equality and leading social economic growth in their local communities are still not recognised as the to-go experts. Their work is regularly overshadowed, disregarded or even halted by the actions of others who believe they know best.

Arlene Cassidy Autism NI

1. Introduce and describe yourself in five words?
My name is Dr Arlene Cassidy and I have been the CEO at Autism NI for over 22 years. I would describe myself as passionate, forward-thinking, resourceful, genuine and supportive.

2. What is your proudest professional achievement to date?

David Meade - MC at CO3's February 2015 Magic of Leadership Conference and Awards, Ecclesiastical

For those of you that have seen my TV show on BBC One, you may not realise that most of my work these days is in the corporate space.  Having lectured on leadership and management for many years and studied it extensively, it’s a real passion area of mine that consumes most of my calendar today.