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The Sponsors


CO3 is grateful to the following sponsors for their support of the CO3 Leadership Conference & Awards 2020 and for their commitment to supporting excellence in Third Sector Leadership.


Ecclesiastical Insurance 

Our main sponsor of the Leadership Conference & Awards 2019, Ecclesiastical Insurance are also the Award Sponsor of the Inspiring Leader of the Year Award.

Ecclesiastical have been a long standing supporter of Leadership in the Third Sector having been associated as lead sponsor with the CO3 Leadership Awards since 2012.  As a specialist insurer in the charity sector they have been very aware of the challenges facing leaders who strive to maintain services in the face of increasing demands.




Avec Solutions 

Sponsor of the CO3 website.





Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

Baker Tilly Mooney Moore is proud to sponsor the Leading Organisation Change Award. The leadership and management of change is a critical success factor for all organisations as the third sector faces the perfect storm of constrained public spend, increased user needs and the increased drive to adopt collaborative delivery models. Those organisations which adopt, adapt and re-tune are more likely to create a more sustainable future for their users, employees and stakeholders. It is important therefore to recognise local examples of successful strategic change programmes.

Baker Tilly Mooney Moore is one of Northern Ireland’s leading accountancy and advisory practices providing services in accounting, auditing, tax and business services. Our consulting and advisory services focus on supporting organisational growth and change and our experience embraces all sectors and industries with a particular focus on the not for profit sector.


Department for Communities

DfC is sponsoring this award in recognition of the importance of leadership in the field of social innovation.

The issues we face today need different solutions – ones that take new and combined perspectives on challenges and utilise new experiences and skills to overcome them. In a challenging budgetary environment, with no new money and the need to do things more efficiently and effectively, with innovation a necessity in delivering greater impact (challenging the best way to do things), strong and clear leadership is so important.

This award will recognise and celebrate individuals who have harnessed innovation to help people live healthier, happier and more prosperous lives.


Department of Health

Department of Health is sponsoring this award in recognition of the important contribution that the Third Sector has to play in helping to support transformation in health and social care.

This award recognises how good joined up care works in practice and celebrates the pioneering new ways of delivering care to provide things like better support at home, earlier treatment in the community and preventing people needing emergency care in hospital or care homes.

The award aligns with the ‘Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together’ transformation programme.

Halifax Foundation

The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is a grant-giving Foundation whose income is derived from Lloyds Banking Group.Its policies are determined by an independent Board of Trustees, which agrees on the Foundation's strategic priorities and distributes the funding.

The overall aim of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is to support charities which enable people, especially disadvantaged or disabled people, to play a fuller role in the community.In 2018 alone, the Foundation supported 353 charities to the tune of £1.24m. In 2019 the Foundation will award in excess of £1.5M in grants.

As a funder of small charities, Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is delighted to support this category, recognising the commitment, drive and passion it takes to lead a small charity.



We’re Sparq, a dynamic Belfast-based technical event production specialist. Whether you’re organising a gala awards dinner or a series of business briefings, we’re on hand to take out the hassle and make your event experience extraordinary. Our service spans full production right through to simple kit hire and everything in between; we like to call it 360 technical event production.



OCN NI is a leading Awarding Body in Northern Ireland. We work closely in partnership with education and training providers to develop and award professional and technical (vocational) qualifications, from Entry Level to Level 5 across a wide range of subject areas. As a registered charity, our purpose is to advance education and to ensure that learners of all ages and abilities maximise their potential.

As the 1st choice Awarding Body for the Third Sector, we are proud to be sponsoring the Best Newcomer of Year at the CO3 Leadership Awards. OCN NI would like to wish all entrants the best of luck and congratulate everyone who has been nominated for an award.




At Ruffer, we have a distinctive approach to investing which we believe is well suited to the needs and goals of charities and their trustees. We focus on delivering ‘all weather’ investment returns and protecting and growing the value of our client’s assets throughout the market cycle. We manage a fund specifically for charities, the Charity Assets Trust. The fund incorporates a responsible investment policy, follows a proactive voting and engagement approach with companies held within the fund. The fund is monitored against UN Global Compact principles, MSCI’s ESG Metrics and the managers also monitor the fund’s carbon metrics. Minimum investment £500.

Community Finance Ireland

Community Finance Ireland is a registered charity. We provide loans exclusively to third sector organisations across Northern Ireland. Our Mission is to create a world class community finance system that works tirelessly towards ensuring positive social impact is felt, not dreamt, amongst those that need it most. We work with 100’s of customers across sports, communities and social enterprises. Our grassroots and nimble approach is a key reason why to date we have committed over £95 million to third sector organisations and their teams.

As a leader our-selves, in social finance, we recognise the importance of new thinking to drive the continued success of the sector.



VSB Foundation

All of us in Northern Ireland know friends and family members who have emigrated to look for employment, take up education and, indeed in some cases individuals who have been forced to leave. We are a people who have past memories of significant migration and not all our ancestors were made welcome in their new country. The VSB Foundation has been supporting projects working with migrants to Northern Ireland many are here because of economic turmoil  and/or political upheaval in their home country.  Our society is enriched by the vast wealth of skills and cultural resources that they bring to this place.  VSB Foundation through this award want to recognise and nurture the leadership within ethnic minority communities 



Willis Employment Services
A division within Willis Insurance & Risk Management company, Willis Employment Services support our client’s in an extensive range of HR and employment law matters.
As a Company, we are highly focused on the needs of our clients. This defines who we are, how we work and the unique value that we offer to all our clients, partners and people.
Our clients are the lifeblood of our organisation and therefore their voice is given the highest level of priority. We constantly seek feedback, we listen and we act.
We are proud to sponsor the “Leading People” category. We believe leaders need to engage and lead from the front, not asking their teams to do things that they wouldn’t.
We’re looking for leaders to demonstrate how they bring passion, energy and edge to the leadership and management of their teams.

Worthingtons Solicitors

Worthingtons is an experienced and expert firm of solicitors based in Belfast and Newtownards providing a wide range of legal services to charities, social enterprises, private and business clients.  We believe in adopting a practical and commercial approach based on a high degree of competence in our areas of expertise.  We consistently seek to deliver fast, practical and straight talking advice which not only meets but exceeds our client’s expectations. The Charities team is led by Catherine Cooney who has in-depth knowledge of advising charities and social enterprises and has been ranked in Chambers legal directory in charity law for the last three years. Catherine and the team advise a wide range of third sector clients ranging from large international charities to smaller community organisations, sports clubs, social enterprises, schools and housing associations. The Charity Team at Worthingtons work very closely with trustees, committee members and the senior management teams of its third sector clients supporting them through any charity law issue. We are very proud to be supporting this award given our close connection to trustees in the sector and wish all the entrants the best of luck.