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CO3 are currently recruiting for the position of Events and Administration Officer
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High Potentials
Embedding Wellbeing
New Leadership Programme

CO3 Job Opportunity

CO3 Job Opportunity
CO3 are currently recruiting for the position of Events and Administration Officer

Cross Sectoral Development Programme for High Potentials

Commencing on 25th February 2021

Embedding Wellbeing within local councils - Carnegie UK Trust

Events taking place on Thursday 11th February 2021 at 10.30am

New Leadership Programme for 2021: Building the financial resilience of leaders in the third sector

Find out more about joining this programme as a Mentor or Mentee
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As part of CO3’s commitment to succession planning, CO3 is facilitating an action learning network for members of Senior Management Teams (SMT). Last year we ran a pilot SMT group when CO3 brought together a group of senior managers together with an expert facilitator, Roger Courtney, to manage the sessions.  The pilot programme was extremely successful as testified by some of the feedback we received:

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About the Event: John Cook, who sets the forward news schedule for UTV Live, joins CO3 members to give an insider’s perspective on the News Cycle, News Decisions and how third sector leaders can impact on this cycle to have sector stories aired. With case studies and unrivalled insight into how a leading news programme is put together, this will be a comprehensive briefing session to help you think about how you can lead more effective public relations in your organisation.

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Do you have a senior manager whom you feel would benefit from participating in a Senior Management Team Network as part of their development? If so then please pass this info along to them!

Northern Ireland Assembly

Following the recent NI election there has been a reshuffle of names and faces in the departments. Click on the following NI Assembly links for details.

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CO3 has announced the development of a new website to help leaders thinking about mergers in the Third Sector.

AmalgaMate has been developed to share learning, tools and ideas from the merger that led to the development of Age NI. It is packed full of freely available documents for you to download and utilise to guide your merger process.


 CO3 is delighted to be working in partnership with NICVA and Stellar Leadership to deliver a partnerships, collaboration and mergers support programme. The project will offer a range of practical support services including:

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CO3, the representative body of third sector chief executives has welcomed the CBI’s ‘Time for Action’ report.

Commenting Majella McCloskey, Director of CO3 said:

“This is an important report that all leaders in Northern Ireland must give credence to. CO3 agrees with Terence Brannigan’s assertion that it will be in working together that government, the public, private and third sectors can face down the grave economic challenges with which we are confronted."

Anne O'Reilly

In a recent Interview for the Business Insight section of the Irish News, one of CO3's Board Members, Anne O'Reilly, answered questions on her career to date:

What was your first job?

My first job after I left university was as a care worker in a residential home.

What qualifications do you have?

I’m a trained teacher and social worker. I also have an MSC in Leadership and Management. It’s so far back I can hardly remember!

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For Northern Ireland to truly emerge with a stronger and more robust economy after the biggest global recession since the Second World War it will require all sectors that contribute to GDP to be innovative and bold in how they re-invigorate the local economic landscape.


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CO3 Leadership Awards 2020

On Thursday 3rd December the #CO3Awards2020 took place virtually for the first time in their history.  With over 250 public, private and third sector professionals attending this year event, the new "location" did little to affect the celebrations.

With entertainment from local comedian Paddy Raff, this year’s awards acknowledged third sector leaders and organisations, recognising 49 shortlisted finalists across 13 different categories.

And our Fantastic winners are....



Building the financial resilience of leaders in the third sector

CO3 is delighted to announce a new leadership programme funded through the National Lottery Community Fund.

The new programme will offer tailored support to up to 30 third sector leaders, with a customised mentoring programme, providing the selected leaders with a Mentor over an eighteen-month timeframe to develop and enhance their fundraising and income generation skills.

In addition, to the dedicated support of a Mentor, Mentees will also have access to a range of practical courses that fall under the broad umbrella of income generation.

Our Mentees will operate at CEO or Senior Management level within their organisation.  There is no cost to participate in the programme. However, it will require a significant investment of time.

The transformational programme will provide tailored support to leaders to help change their organisation's income model creating a more sustainable future over 18 months. 

There is no cost to participate in the programme. However, it will require a significant investment of time. 

We are now seeking applications for both Mentors and Mentees for the programme due to start in 2021.

Click here for more information>>>