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CO3 AGM 2018

CO3 AGM 2018
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 16:30 to 19:00
Ulster Bank Head Offices (11-16 Donegall Square East, Belfast, BT1 5UB)

We are delighted to confirm that at our AGM we will be launching "The CO3 Guide to Great Governance" by Roger Courtney.

The 168 page publication, sponsored by Cleaver Fulton Rankin, will provide clear and precise guidance for the Third Sector, helping Trustees to be better prepared for the obligations they face in their roles.

Everyone who attends the AGM next Thursday 18 October will receive a complimentary hard copy of the guide.  If you have not registered already, please email sarah@co3.bz

CO3's AGM will be held on Thursday 18 October, 4.30pm - 7.00pm at Ulster Bank Head Offices (11-16 Donegall Square East, Belfast, BT1 5UB) and we would be delighted if you could join us.

This year’s AGM will include a panel discussion under the theme of “Leadership and Governance” and will examine the key strategic drivers that will influence the Third Sector in Northern Ireland.

Through the panel discussion we will also explore ways of working more collaboratively across the sectors.


The panel will consist of:


Please RSVP to sarah@co3.bz or Tel: 028 90 245 356.



John Farrelly, CEO, Charities Regulator

John Farrelly was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Charities Regulator in May 2016. Previous to this he was Deputy Chief Inspector of Social Services where he led on the regulation of nursing homes and services for children. His role is to develop and lead an effective, efficient, independent Authority to regulate and protect charitable organisations operating within the Republic of Ireland. John is a graduate of UCD, the Royal College of Surgeons, the Honourable Society of Kings Inns and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.






Ken Macdonald, Head of ICO Regions, Information Commissioner's Office

A graduate of Edinburgh and Aberdeen Universities, Dr Ken Macdonald joined the ICO in August 2005, initially to head up its Scotland office but is now also responsible for its offices in Northern Ireland and Wales as Head of ICO Regions. As such, his main role is to promote information rights in these areas by raising awareness of organisational responsibilities across all sectors as well as influencing policy in related areas by engaging with public authorities. Ken has previously worked in the local government and higher education sectors and is a Trustee of Deaf Action, an Edinburgh-based charity.








Punam McGookin, Head of Charity Services, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

Punam McGookin was appointed to the Commission in February 2011 as Head of Charity Services. The role will develop and manage the registration, policy and legal function including the granting of consents. Prior to taking up this post, Punam was seconded to the Commission as Deputy Chief Executive from Big Lottery Fund.

Punam was employed by Big Lottery Fund as a programme manager working on a variety of programmes assessing and managing funding to a wide range of voluntary, community, educational and public sectors bodies. Punam's career working with and for charitable organisations dates back to 1983. She has worked with organisations focusing on the arts, communities, young people, older people, education, environment and heritage, and still volunteers for her local sports club.





Gerald Oppenheim, CEO, Fundraising Regulator

Gerald became Chief Executive of the Fundraising Regulator from 1 July 2018. Previously he was their Head of Policy and Communications.

He was Director of Policy and Partnerships at the Big Lottery Fund and some of its predecessors from 1995 until October 2010 when he went freelance, working with charities, Trusts and Foundations on a wide range of policy projects until joining the Fundraising Regulator in January 2016. His earlier career in the public sector was as a funder of charities and voluntary organisations.

He is a Trustee and Chair of the London Emergencies Trust (the successor charity to the former London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund which he chaired from 2005-2008).

He is also an independent board member of the Armed Forces Covenant Trust. He was a member of the BBC Charitable Appeals Committee and its Vice-Chair from 2004-2009 and was a Trustee and Chair of the Camden Society (a charity for people with learning disabilities) from 2009-2017 an Citizens Advice Camden from 2011-2017.






Elaine Orwin, Chair, Angel Eyes NI











CO3's AGM is kindly being hosted by Ulster Bank