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In Praise of Middle Managers: Leading Transformational Change From the Middle

In Praise of Middle Managers: Leading Transformational Change From the Middle
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 09:30 to 13:00
Parliament Buildings, Stormont

CO3 in partnership with Extra Care is delighted to announce the first in a series of three Workshops focussed on empowering middle tier manager/leaders to enhance growth and confidence across a range of Third Sector organisations.

Extra Care is Northern Ireland’s largest domiciliary care charity providing care for older people and dependent adults who can choose to remain living at home in comfort and with dignity. With a team of almost 500 people supporting each other to provide care, there is a strong sense of management that runs through the organisation.   

Middle managers are the connectors between senior leaders and frontline employees who play a vital role in implementing successful change in your organisation. To thrive ‘in the middle’ requires deep resilience due to challenges; your control is low; pressure tends to be delegated from the top and you often don’t have the resources available to deliver what you need to get done.

We recognise that to empower and support middle tier managers we need to have a better understanding of your role and support your specific leadership needs.

A series of 3 interactive workshops will:

  • Explore the hallmarks of an effective middle tier leader
  • Provide tools, resources and support in developing and encouraging personal and leadership resilience
  • Develop concepts to overcome challenges to better equip yourself to face the everyday management decisions in your organisation
  • Empower you in your role to have the confidence to take the next step in your organisation

Through these three workshops, it is our aim to challenge thinking, provide support and empower innovation in your role.

The first of the three events will provide an opportunity to hear from a range of leaders from across the public, private & third sector, as well as a range of interactive sessions that will consider the nuances of middle managers and the leadership support that is needed to sustain and develop in your role.

The leadership panel will consist of:

  • Caroline van der Feltz, HR Director at Danske Bank
  • John McKee, CEO of Linkubator
  • Celine McStravick, CEO of NCB

The first workshop will be facilitated by Donal Laverty, Partner, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore.


The workshop is; “Leading Transformational Change From the Middle.”

Places are restricted to a max of 30 places.

Date    Thursday 18 October 2018

Time   9.30am – 1.00pm

Venue Parliament Buildings, Stormont

Cost    £85 (price to attend all three £230)


Caroline van der Feltz, HR Director at Danske Bank

Caroline is presently the HR Director at Danske Bank UK where she is leading major transformation and people change programmes to consolidate Danske Bank’s position as largest bank in NI. Caroline has a track record in leading change and developing managerial and organisational capability. Prior to her role in Danske Bank, Caroline had global and senior roles in banking and health sales.






John McKee, CEO of Linkubator

John McKee is the Managing Director of Linkubator, a Belfast based management consultancy and is also the Leadership specialist on the Linkubator team.

He is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Chairman and has worked with many large organisations and family-owned businesses on leadership development, succession and strategic planning.

John has helped a broad range of businesses and third sector organisations build their leadership capabilities to deliver successful growth.  This experience and support helps large organisations to act more entrepreneurially, and small growth companies to “punch above their weight”.  From Almac Pharmaceuticals and NIE Networks to the Killyhevlin Hotel and Christies Direct, John brings healthy challenge, support and practical actions to managers and leaders as they deal with the problems and opportunities presented by an ever-changing world.

John is co-author of the book "STAR - Leadership Behaviours for Stellar SME growth", Oak Tree Press.






Celine McStravick, CEO of NCB 

Celine McStravick is Director of the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), a leading research and development charity working to improve the experiences and life chances of children and young people across England and Northern Ireland.

Celine led a large and high profile assignment on behalf of the Office of the First and deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) to devise a Child Poverty Outcomes Framework which was delivered as part of the Delivering Social Change initiative. In addition, NCB have been commissioned to provide technical assistance to the Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP), a £30m 4-year investment by 6 government departments and Atlantic Philanthropies seeking to transform universal and targeted service delivery across Northern Ireland creating systemic change ensuring all children and young people have the best start in life. Celine is a member of the Public Health Agency’s Child Development Project Board, co-chairing the parenting workstrand. Additionally, NCB have supported the Public Health Agency to develop the first Infant Mental Health (IMH) strategy for Northern Ireland and Celine is a member of the IMH regional implementation group and co-chairs the regional service development group.


In her spare time Celine is a board member of CO3 (Chief Officers of the Third Sector) and was a board member of Sport NI Jan 2015- Feb 2018.





Donal Laverty, Partner, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

Donal Laverty is Consulting Partner at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore and he leads the HR/OD Consulting Group for Baker Tilly International.

An Organisation Design and Development specialist in essence, Donal’s range of skills and experience lie in assisting organisations transform their structure (design); their performance (processes and systems) and their people (culture and capability). He has significant experience in both the creation and implementation of transformational change programmes.

Donal has worked extensively across the UK and Ireland as well as globally supporting organisation’s to perform better. He has worked with many well-known household names, and he has significant experience working in the public sector, with a particular specialism in healthcare

Donal is the immediate past Chair of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, teaches at two universities and is a regular contributor to thought leadership around organisations, change and management.