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Have you passed your best before date - the growth of leadership and social entrepreneurs in the NI Third Sector.

by John McMullan

When Nora asked me as I retired from my role as CEO at Bryson to produce a short blog reflecting on over 30 years of working in the N Ireland 3rd Sector, it got me thinking.  The first thought that came to mind was that I had perhaps reached my ‘sell by’ date but then it got worse; in extending the analogy, the ‘best before’ date come to mind – OmG; what if I should have retied some years ago; a sobering thought.

What a way to run a railroad!  Governance in the Third Sector

by Dr Roger Courtney, Courtney Consulting

Governance in the third sector is a most peculiar beast. The people with complete legal and financial responsibility for the organisation are a group of part-time volunteers, while the people who do the work of the organisation are usually experienced full-time professionals.

by Jim McShane, CEO,  Ark Housing Association

I hadn’t expected to be visiting Stockholm any time soon. My Swedish experiences pre-our CO3 trip were limited to several Netflix film releases and the occasional trip to Ikea. My knowledge and understanding of the history, complexities and interwoven dependencies that make up Swedish Civil Society would, as far as I was concerned, remain an unknown, unknown.

However, all that was about to change.

1. What did winning the “The Leading People” Award mean to you?

The CO3 Leadership Award meant a great deal to me from several perspectives. 

Firstly, it was very reassuring and appreciated that Supporting Communities’ Chair and Board members felt that I deserved a nomination in the first instance & took the time to complete the application.  It’s always nice to be recognised for your role but especially from one’s own Board members. 


Say hello to Iris - our new member of the team!

With a growing demand for our Executive Recruitment Service we have added a new member to our team.  We chat to Iris Pendergast about her new role as Executive Recruitment Director.