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"Social Innovation" award winner 2019, Isobel Loughran explains what this award meant to her

"Social Innovation" award winner 2019, Isobel Loughran explains what this award meant to her

As we look forward to CO3 Leadership Conference and Awards 2020 we wanted to take some time to catch up with a few of our 2019 award winners to find out what has happened since.

This week took the opportunity to catch up with Isobel Loughran of Footprints Woman's Centre and winner of our "Social Innovation" award 2019.








What did winning the Social Innovation Award mean to you?

Winning certainly was quite an achievement to me. The award is highly regarded in the sector and  felt like a much appreciated pat on the back that as leaders we so rarely take the time to give ourselves. It has elevated the organisation and provided a focus on Footprints both in the sector and in the wider business community, providing us with contacts and links that will be invaluable in developing our services.

Would you recommend entering the CO3 Leadership Awards?

Awards bring recognition of the hard work and achievements of your staff.  Winning has definitely helped boost our staff morale and improved motivation by acknowledging staff contribution to our business success. We hope the award will also help attract and retain new recruits too, so would definitely recommend putting your organisation forward for nomination. 

If there was one piece of advice you would offer to another Third Sector leader what would it be?

Being a CEO can sometimes be a lonely and challenging experience. I have found being part of organisations such as C03 have provided peer support, networking and development opportunities that play a vital part in my support and development.

What motivates you?

I enjoy my job, am committed to the work I do and have a clear vision of what I feel needs to be achieved in order to achieve those goals. I feel passionate that Footprints services make a significant contribution to the bringing about positive change to women and families lives and that drives me in my leadership.

What do you think makes a good leader?

I try to perform my best at everything I do and ensure that my actions match my words. My team hopefully see that the expectations I set for them are the same expectations I set for myself. I also believe I’m a good delegator, finding the strengths of other team members. I try to give each person a chance to do what they’re best at and create a team effort that delivers results. While I certainly find my job challenging I feel you need to have the opportunity to be stretched in certain situations in order to learn and grow.

What’s a little known fact about you?

I have green eyes – super rare - only 2% of the world’s population have them!


If you feel that you are or you know of someone who deserves to be recognised for their contribution to the third sector Nominate now


Be part of our free lunchtime event How To Be A CO3 Winner taking place at our CO3's new premises, 31 Bruce Street, Belfast, Bt2 7JD.

This early afternoon event will unpick what it takes to be a CO3 award winner and what winning an award hae meant to some of the 2019 winners.

This is a free event, but you must register beforehand. Contact louise@co3.bz to register your interest

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