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An insight into responding to PR crisis from ACEVO & ACOSVO leaders

An insight into responding to PR crisis from ACEVO & ACOSVO leaders
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 12:30 to 14:30
CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB)

It is too early to reflect on the lessons learnt from the Oxfam story.  However, what is immediately apparent is the need for full transparency.  What makes our sector unique is that we were set up to do good.  We are changing and saving lives on a daily basis.  However, a key lesson from the Oxfam scandal is how we deliver our work is just as important;  safeguarding, recruitment practices and staying true to our values base have all been highlighted through the Oxfam scandal.

Although the story is focused on aid charities, the unfolding story has implications for the wider sector. It was described in The Guardian by David Brindle as a ‘body blow for the whole sector’.  The media attention in NI has been limited and relatively measured (to date) however the media coverage in England has not been.   The sector has a careful balancing act of protecting its brand with the need for more transparency when problems arise and things gone wrong.  This, in turn, will lead to more media attention.  Are we prepared for this?  What would  be your Oxfam crisis and are you and your board ready to respond?

Vicky Browning, CEO with ACEVO has been very much in the centre of this PR crisis responding to and participating in a number of media interviews.  Pat Armstrong CEO with ACOSVO although has been keeping a watchful eye on the Oxfam story, also has experience of representing the Scottish Third Sector previously.  Vicky and Pat will participate in an informal lunchtime roundtable  focused on their lessons learnt to date.  It will be chaired by PR crisis expert Nick Garbutt and will be held under Chatham House rule.

This session is limited to Full members only and places are limited so please RSVP early to sarah@co3.bz .

Date: Thursday 26 April 2018
Time: 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: CO3 Offices
Cost: None

This session is limited to Full members only (Chief Executive Level)