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Showcasing Good Governance in the Third Sector

Showcasing Good Governance in the Third Sector
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 17:30 to 19:00
CO3 Offices, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast BT2 7DB

CO3 were delighted to work with Volunteer Now to deliver the inaugural VSB Foundation Good Governance Awards sponsored by Investec.

The Good Governance Awards showcase how good governance and driving social change are essentially interlinked and will provide an opportunity to celebrate what is best in the sector. The Rainbow Project were the winners of this award in 2016.

Join CO3 at our Trustee event where we will hear from the Rainbow Project’s, CEO John O’Doherty and Chairperson Duane Farrell about winning this award and what it has meant to them.

John and Duane will share their experiences of Governance and share models of good practice, providing you an opportunity to learn from The Rainbow Project.

As part of the session Bill Osborne, Director of the VSB Foundation will also share his thoughts on leadership and governance, the importance of the Good Governance Awards and why Rainbow was selected as the overall winner for 2016. 

Date:  Thursday 31 August

Time: 17:30-19:00

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


Cost: Free

To book: Contact Rachel on rachel@co3.bz

John O’Doherty


John O’Doherty started working for The Rainbow Project in 2008 as an Equality Officer and became Director in 2010. Originally from Maghera, Co. Derry John started his career in politics working as Political Advisor for Carmel Hanna MLA and later as a Political Organiser for the SDLP. John has authored a number of key research reports into the experiences of LGBT people in Northern Ireland including Through Our Eyes – The experiences and perceptions of LGBT people towards the PSNI and Hate Crime in Northern Ireland and OUTstanding in your Field – Experiences of LGBT people in rural Northern Ireland. John has been an active campaigner for LGBT and wider human rights for the last 10 years. John is currently a Trustee of TheatreofplucK – Northern Irelands first publically funded queer theatre company. 


Duane Farrell


Duane Farrell has been working within the community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland since 1998. During this time, Duane has worked with a range of people including older people, younger people, and the LGBT community.

Duane has been working for Age NI since the organisation was established in 2009. In 2015, Duane was appointed as Charity Director, responsible for Age NI’s services, policy and political engagement and development support to age sector groups and networks. Previously, Duane worked as Head of Policy, Research and Communications for Help the Aged in Northern Ireland since February 2005. During his time in the Age Sector, Duane has been involved in developing and leading organisational and partnership approaches to influencing government policy and service provision to better meet the needs of older people, including the organisations work on the development of an Older People’s Commissioner for Northern Ireland; Social Care Reform; extension of age discrimination legislation and the Active Ageing Strategy. He has also led the development of innovative approaches to ageing such as Living Well Moyle.

Duane was elected as Chair of The Rainbow Project in 2011, and has worked as part of a Board which delivered significant change including broadening the organisation’s remit from gay and bisexual men to the LGB&T community as a whole.

Duane was appointed to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland in 2016 and is also a trustee of Engage with Age.



Gareth Johnston

Chair Elect

Gareth Johnston was co-opted to The Rainbow Project Board in April 2011. He is a civil servant by profession, and has worked across a range of policy and legal areas, in HR and as chief executive of a service delivery agency. Gareth was vice-chair of a housing association and has also been involved in community development and overseas aid. Gareth is currently engaged in work to encourage the churches to be more inclusive and welcoming of LGBT people.







Bill Osborne, Director, VSB Foundation

In the past, Bill has been involved with a wide range of organisations including Probation Board for Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Advisor to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, a member of the Sydney Stewart Memorial Fund, Vice Chairman of the Old Museum Arts Centre, member of the Board of Wheel works Youth Arts organisation and Trustee of the Beth Johnston Foundation.

As well as this, Bill has been a member of the National Lottery Charities Board, member and former Treasurer of the Prince's Trust Northern Ireland Committee, member of the executive committee of the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, Chairperson of the Parents' Advice Council, Vice Chair Simon Community NI, volunteer with the Old Museum Arts Centre, Secretary to the Ian Gow Memorial Fund and Deputy Chair of the General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland.