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Chairs' Forum

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 17:30 to 19:00
CO3 Offices 31 Bruce Street, Belfast, BT2 7JD

Being the Chair of a Charity has its blessing and its challenges.  Chairing is a key leadership role and Chairs make a huge difference to their organisation, either for good or for ill.

The Chairperson in a Third Sector organisation plays an important role. The Chair holds responsibility for leading the Board and setting its agenda. It is often the Chair to whom trustees look for advice, guidance and reassurance on all aspects of charities' governance The Chair also works closely with the Chief Executive and is a public face for the Organisation. To support Chairs in this important role CO3 set up the Chairs Forum in 2016 as a safe space for third sector chairs to respond to the challenges of the role through sharing experience and expertise with peers, gaining advice and support to promote good practice. The Chairs’ Forum will be Chaired by Patrick Minne, Director of Engage Executive Talent.

The Forum is open to those who currently, in the recent past or expect in the near future to take on the important role of Chairperson.  It is open to all members within the CO3 Trustee Network.  We see this an important platform to provide helpful information through updates and briefings. Each forum has a dedicated theme arising from discussions from members. 

If you are a Chair or considering stepping up into a Chair role, the Chairs' Forum provides you with a wider set of peers and access to expert advice. 

The theme for this session is currently TBC. Each forum has a dedicated theme arising from discussions from members.

To register for the forum please click here or contact Louise@co3.bz


Patrick Minne


Patricks' working career has taken him from media-monitoring and financial IT project management in 1990s Edinburgh, through to website management and Customer Relationship roles back in Ireland in the 2000s, all the while doing interesting volunteering jobs on the side.
Patrick joined the Third Sector in Belfast in 2007 . Five years later, he was asked to head up Charity Bank in Northern Ireland; an organisation which then provided social investment training and still finances a range of charities. During this time Patrick became involved with CO3 with a "really rewarding", five-year stint as treasurer of the organisation. In 2017 he led the startup phase of the Air Ambulance NI charity before freelancing on a range of interesting small non-profit projects and  Extern, Ireland’s biggest social work charity. 

Patrick has recently returned to CO3, becoming the newly appointed Director Of Business Development in September 2019.