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How to be a CO3 Award Winner

How to be a CO3 Award Winner
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:30 to 14:00
The Volunteer Centre, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB

Following a fabulous night at the CO3 Leadership Awards back in May, 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 2019 CO3 Leadership Awards.

We would be delighted if you could join us for lunch between 12.30pm – 2pm on Tuesday 30th October 2018 at The Volunteer Centre, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from three of the 2018 awards winners on what winning an award has meant to them personally, for their organisation, and on why people should consider nominating: 

  • Norman Carson – Winner of Trustee of the Year 2018 and
  • Gillian Creevy – Winner of Overall Inspiring Leader 2018,
  • Martin Flynn – Winner of Leading Organisation Change

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

Date: Tuesday 30 October

Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm (lunch included)

Venue: CO3 offices, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast BT2 7DB

To register please email Tracey@co3.bz


  • 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)

Gillian Creevy, NI Cancer Fund for Children, (Overall Inspiring Leader)

Norman Carson, Action Cancer, (Trustee of the Year)

Martin Flynn, OCNNI, (Leading Organisation Change)

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.









Gillian Creevy, Cancer Fund for Children ( Overall Inspiring Leader)

Gillian was educated at Friends' School in Lisburn, the College of Business Studies in Belfast and was awarded a degree in Classical Political History by the University of Warwick. 


Gillian managed the implementation of a new vaccination and immunisation programme in a challenging multi-cultural urban environment within Leeds Health Authority before moving on to direct and lead the Central Services department at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London.


On returning to NI, Gillian undertook a period of post graduate study within the management faculty at the University of Ulster - during which time she represented the ‘Voice of Women’ on a House of Commons working party chaired by Tessa Jowell MP.  This preceded a move into the ‘Third Sector’ and the role of Chief Executive with Cancer Fund for Children. 


Gillian has overseen a 15-year period of significant growth within the organisation, which has resulted in Cancer Fund for Children now recognised as Northern Ireland’s leading children’s cancer charity, delivering a range of widely-acclaimed specialist services.  An entrepreneur at heart, Gillian has helped deliver £30m of non-government funding into the organisation, growing the professional team from 6 to 65 staff and successfully project-managing two major capital projects – Daisy Lodge and Narnia.   This year will see the launch of another £20m project to construct and deliver a second, dedicated, residential therapeutic centre designed specifically for families nursing a child diagnosed with cancer.   Gillian sits on a range of advisory panels, is a member of CO3 and Vistage and is a guest lecturer on social enterprise at Queens University, Belfast. 


Norman Carson, Action Cancer, (Trustee of the Year)


Norman was originally appointed to Council in June 2009 but stood down in January 2010 to temporarily take up the position of the charity’s Chief Operating Officer, a position from which he retired in April 2011. Appointed at the AGM in 2011 as Chairman, Norman has wealth of business and professional experience gained whilst working for many years in a range of finance positions within the Northern Ireland Health Service.










Martin Flynn, OCNNI, (Leading Organisation Change)

Martin Flynn has been the Chief Executive of Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCN NI) since June 2015. Prior to that he was the Acting Chief Executive for a period of 18 months.  He took up the post during challenging circumstances and has made an outstanding contribution to the success of OCN NI during this short period.


During his time in post, Martin has positioned OCN NI as one of the leading Awarding Organisations in Northern Ireland and achieved externally regulated status for OCN NI from both Ofqual and CCEA Regulation. The organisation works closely in partnership with education and training providers to develop and award professional and technical (vocational) qualifications from Entry Level to Level 5 across a wide range of subject areas.  He also successfully registered OCN NI as a recognised charity and is committed to ensuring that learners of all ages and abilities maximise their potential.


In addition, Martin is Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Awarding Body Forum, which is made up of all the major awarding bodies offering qualifications in NI.  The forum liaises with key stakeholders, including government departments, regulators and funding agencies to represent the interests of the qualifications sector.