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

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

CO3 Leadership Awards 2020

Join us as we celebrate the great work of the third sector

Attracting the Top Housing Talent with ARK Engage

Taking place remotely. Wednesday 9th December at 1pm via Zoom

Virtual meet-up: Communicating through the Coronavirus

Tuesday 8th December 1.30pm
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CO3 Sensemaker Project

2011-2012 will be a defining year for the Third Sector in Northern Ireland. CO3 members will face significant challenges and opportunities. CO3 has two primary goals:

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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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#CO3LeadershipAwards2020 - Thursday 3rd December 7pm-9.30pm

The CO3 Leadership Awards recognises the talent, innovation and success of third sector leaders across a wide range of charities and social enterprises.. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to postpone the original March date however we are delighted to announce the new date.

We have rescheduled our awards ceremony to Thursday 3rd December from 7pm. Join us for an evening of celebration as we announce the winners of our 13 award categories. 

Our virtual black-tie event will be filled with entertainment, providing a platform to recognise the amazing leadership of the sector.   We very much hope you can join us on what will be an extraordinary occasion.

Stay informed visit CO3 Leadership Awards 2020 events page or follow CO3  via TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn for the latest information.

We would like to thank The Leadership Awards 2020 Sponsors.  Without their continued support the awards would not be possible


CO3 COVID-19 Press Coverage Analysis April-May 2020

CO3's members faced their most difficult challenges to date brought by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

CO3 supported their members by providing a voice for the sector with local media and politicians at a time when it was needed most

View our video below to learn more.