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Crisis management and Serious Incident Reporting…What would you do?

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 12:00 to 13:00

Crisis management is the application of strategies designed to help an organisation deal with a sudden and significant negative event. 

A crisis can occur as a result of an unpredictable event or an unforeseeable consequence of some event that had been considered as a potential risk.

The serious incident reporting regime is intended to act as a check to make sure charities: 

  • Put in place appropriate procedures on fraud, safeguarding and other relevant risks to minimise the risk of such incidents arising.
  • Take appropriate steps to deal promptly with incidents or allegations as they arise

Do you have a strategy in place to deal with the above? 

Join Arlene O'Connor and Catherine Cooney to discuss, reflect and start planning for the potential risks that these areas could pose to your organisations.


Catherine Cooney, Worthingtons Solicitors 

Catherine is an experienced lawyer specialising in charity, corporate and commercial law. She worked in a city centre law firm from 2008 and joined Worthingtons as a Partner in 2018. She represents charities, companies, social enterprises, housing associations, local authorities and schools.

Catherine advises charity trustees, company directors and committee members and supports their senior management teams. She advises charities in all matters including Charity Tribunal Appeals, charity trustee training on legal responsibilities and liabilities, corporate governance advice and training, advice on group structure, subsidiaries and trading arms, mergers and collaboration, serious incident reporting, incorporation, restructuring and rebranding amongst others.  Catherine also sits on the Board of two local charities.


Arlene O'Connor, Brown O'Connor, Co-Founder and Director at Brown O’Connor Communications

Arlene is a Chartered Practitioner with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and runs a full-service communications agency in Belfast.

She has a wealth of experience in Public Affairs, Media Relations, Political Monitoring, Stakeholder Engagement, Property & Planning PR, Media Relations and Crisis Communication & Issues Management.

She has over 12 years’ experience working with high profile, world class clients across the public, private and voluntary sectors, navigating organisations through complex issues and events.

She currently sits as a board member of Intercomm Ireland, an international conflict resolution organisation based in Belfast.

Arlene holds a LLM in Human Rights Law and Criminal Justice, and a LLB in Law and Politics from Queen’s University Belfast.


How To Take Part

When: Thursday 3 June 2021

Time: 12PM - 1PM

Where: Online

Book here 

To take part you will need access to an internet connection and smart device or computer. You will receive the joining instructions before the event takes place

Technical support will be on hand from the CO3 team.  If you experience any issues or initial questions about attending virtually. Contact us