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Leadership Exchange Cross-sectoral action learning groups

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 10:00 to Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 12:00

CO3, Chief Executives’ Forum and Grant Thornton are delighted to announce the second year of their extremely successful cross-sectoral leadership exchange programme. The initiative will bring together a range of Third Sector Chief Executives and Public Sector Leaders to learn from one another, through a series of Action Learning Groups. This programme is aimed specifically at Third Sector Chief Executives, Local Government Chief Executives, NI Senior Civil Service and Public Sector Leaders. The highly immersive learning experience will provide a platform to access a wider range of views and expertise outside of the leader’s respective areas of work. A large body of evidence suggests that a necessary part of effective partnership working involves building and sustaining effective personal relationships. Leaders work with and through others.


Download the 2020 programme here

What will I gain?

The difference the programme will make to your leadership:

• Strengthening links between sectors, which will in turn encourage and develop opportunities for collaboration.

• Improving your knowledge and awareness of working in the different sectors (the processes, the benefits and the challenges).

• Providing an opportunity to share corporate learning, leadership skills and bring a fresh perspective to work practices.

• Offering an exclusive opportunity for robust interactions and the opportunity to walk ‘a mile in my shoes’ of leaders outside of your sector.

• Reflecting and learning from each other’s attempts to change things and the experience of coaching each other hones their skills of listening, coaching, giving feedback and facilitating.


How does it all work?

How the programme works

Four Action Learning Groups will be independently facilitated by a Grant Thornton coach who will be committed to the success of the group members and each session will operate under Chatham House Rules.

In every meeting, no topic is off-limits. Individuals must be willing to talk candidly about the tough decisions they face. Fellow members will listen, ask tough questions and bring their skills to help individuals grow as a leader and therefore improve the workings of their organisation.

Leaders will gain perspective, good advice and develop a definitive action plan at each meeting and in follow up meetings other members will ask how their plans are developing thereby making leaders accountable for their progress.

We will also organise a range of inspiring leaders to share their leadership journey to date at the start of the Action Learning Sets.


How do I apply?

Selection process/eligibility

Up to 20 leaders (10 from each sector) will be selected through a brief expression of interest process; creating the Cross-Sectorial Action Learning Groups.

Leaders will be selected from a diverse range of complementary organisations, whilst ensuring a balance of status, responsibility and experience.

This programme is aimed specifically at chief executives from Third Sector, Local Government, Arms Length Bodies and members of the NI Senior Civil Service.

We anticipate a high volume of interest in the programme. The application submission deadline is Wednesday 18 November 2020.


Session Date Time
Virtual Information Event 12 November 2020 11:00-12:15
Session 1 16 December 2020 10:00-12:00
Session 2 13 January 2021 10:00-12:00
Session 3 20 January 2021 10:00-12:00
Session 4 TBC 10:00-12:00


Cost and how to register your interest

The cost to participate on this programme is £495 per person.

If you are interested in participating in the programme please contact Co3's Member Service Manager Suzanne, suzanne@co3.bz

Please ensure that in applying to this programme you can attend the four Action Learning Groups. Until public health guidelines allow otherwise, the Action Learning Groups will be held virtually via Zoom