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How to be a CO3 Award Winner

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 12:30 to 14:00
CO3: 31 Bruce Steet, Belfast, BT2 7JD

Following a fabulous night at the CO3 Leadership Awards back in March, CO3 is hosting an event to unpick what makes a CO3 Award Winner. This will be a fantastic event to gain inspiration into making your own leadership journey a successful one, but also to consider nominating for the 2020 CO3 Leadership Awards

We would be delighted if you could join us for lunch between 12.30pm – 2pm on Tuesday 15th October 2019 at CO3, 31 Bruce Street, Belfast, BT2 7JD

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from two of the 2019 awards winners on what winning an award has meant to them personally, for their organisation, and on why people should consider nominating: 

  • Deirdre McCloskey; MEAAP – "Leading Forward In Transformation Across Health And Social Care" award winner 2019
  • Lynn Carvill; Woman's Tec – "Leading Organisation Change Award" award winner 2019

We will also have contribution from some members of the judging panel who will share their insight on what makes an application stand out.

  • David Lane, Ecclesiastical  (Chair of the CO3 Leadership Awards Judging Panel)
  • Donal Laverty, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore   

Once you’ve heard from the panel, Nora Smith, CEO of CO3 will chair a Q&A session with the panel to discuss what makes great leadership in our sector and help answer any specific questions you have in relation to nominations for the 2019 Awards.


This is a free event, but you must register beforehand by clicking below or contact louise@co3.bz to register your interest


  • 12.30pm – Lunch and networking
  • 12.55pm – Introduction with Nora Smith
  • 1.00pm – A few words from the Winners
  • 1.30pm – What the judges are looking for with David Lane 2019 Lead Judge
  • 1.45pm - Winners and Judges Leadership Panel Q& A
  • 2.00pm –  Event Close

Panel Members

David Lane, Ecclesiastical (Lead Judge)

Donal Laverty, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, (Judge)

Deirdre McCloskey, MEAAP, "Leading Forward In Transformation Across Health And Social Care"  award winner 2019

Lynn Carvill, Women's Tec, "Leading Organisation Change Award" award winner 2019

David Lane, , Ecclesiastical, (Lead Judge)

David Lane was appointed Managing Director of Ecclesiastical Insurance, Ireland in January 2012.

David leads a team of 35 people based in Ireland. He is a member of the Ireland Management Oversight Committee and several of the Ecclesiastical Group Management Boards
A graduate of University College Dublin and a Certified Insurance Director, he has 30 years’ experience in the insurance/financial services area.

David started his career with the insurance broker Coyle Hamilton (now Willis Ireland) before moving into a more general financial services role with Irish Life Finance Group (now KBC Bank).
David set up and developed the Transamerica Insurance Finance Company (TIFCO) business in Ireland and moved to the insurance division of General Electric as the General Manager of their Irish business in 2000.

He spent 12 years with GE (later to become Genworth Financial) in several senior roles across Ireland, UK and Europe, the last of which was Managing Director – Western Europe.




Donal Laverty, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, (Judge)

Donal Laverty is a Partner at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore where he leads the Consulting services. Donal has over twenty years’ experience supporting organisations change and has worked extensively globally, in the UK and Ireland across the public, private and third sectors including supporting organisations to re-design in the face of reducing public funding.









Deirdre McCloskey; MEAAP
"Leading Forward In Transformation Across Health And Social Care"  award winner 2019


Deirdre McCloskey is the Project Coordinator of Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP), an older people’s charity with the aim of supporting communities within Mid & East Antrim to actively age-well together through partnership working, by ensuring older people are involved, heard and valued.  Qualified in Management & Information Systems and more recently Housing Studies, Deirdre has over 10 years of experience working within the community/voluntary sector.

Since joining the organisation in July 2013 as the sole staff member to deliver MEAAP’s flagship project “Ageing Well & Reaching Out” Programme, Deirdre has, with the support of the MEAAP Voluntary Board, continued to expand the services and support available in the area.  Now leading a staff team of 10, MEAAP’s portfolio includes many large projects, namely: Ageing Well; Peacing Ages Together Peace IV; Community Navigator Service; and IMPACTAgewell®, as well as a host of smaller but equally vital projects.





Lynn Carvill; Women's Tec
"Leading Organisations Change Award"  award winner 2019


Lynn has forged a 20 + year career in the voluntary sector and is currently the CEO of WOMEN’S TEC, an organisation specialising in the delivery of skills training and the promotion of opportunities in sectors where women are typically under-represented.

Lynn has led WOMEN’S TEC through a significant period of change, moving the organisation from small premises into a large, unused primary school. The increase in space has enabled WOMEN’STEC to more than double its service users, increase the staff team from 6 to 11 and increase programme and service delivery.

Over the last 2 years she has transformed the strategic position of WOMEN’S TEC, forging strong, collaborative relationships with the private sector construction industry and the housing sector, enhancing opportunities for beneficiaries, increasing and diversifying income sources and raising WOMEN’S TEC’s profile.

Lynn is also convenor of the Northern Ireland Women’s Budget Group and has a keen interest in gender equality issues in relation to women’s labour market participation and economic position, reflecting her previous policy and advocacy work in the women’s sector.