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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 17:30 to 19:30
Ulster Bank Head Offices, 1-16 Donegall Square East, Belfast, BT1 5UB

CO3's AGM will be held on Wednesday 19 October, 5.30pm - 7.30pm. 

This year’s AGM will include a panel discussion under the theme of Third Sector Foresight, to examine the key strategic drivers that will influence the Third Sector in Northern Ireland.  Through the panel discussion we will also explore ways of working more collaboratively across the sectors.

The panel will consist of:

Please RSVP to sarah@co3.bz or Tel: 028 90 245 356.

Jenny Irvine, CEO, ARC-ITEC

In 2000 Jenny was appointed as Project Manager for the development of "the ARC" Northern Irelands first Healthy Living Centre. Jenny project managed the capital build and a further 30,000 sq ft. of commercial workspace. The project has grown significantly and now annually turnover exceeds 1.3 million pounds and ARC employs over 80 staff.

Jenny currently oversees the management of ITEC property base of over 55,000 SQ Ft ITEC provides space for twenty five businesses employing over 200 people. ITEC profits are directly reinvested into social development, supporting focused programmes in relation to alcohol and drug awareness, parenting, elderly care, childcare, community advocacy and disability services. Both ARC and ITEC hold the prestigious Social Enterprise Mark

Jenny has a background in Nursing and holds an MSc in Executive Leadership with distinction, she  is vice chairperson of the Western Local Commissioning Group. Jenny is a Director and vice Chairperson of CO3.



Olwen Lyner, Chief Executive, NIACRO

Olwen has worked in the voluntary sector for more than 30 years.  Originally employed by NIACRO to develop services, she later moved to a senior management position. During this time Olwen undertook several Management courses and from this experience felt that organisation’s needed to build opportunities for management and leadership development into their DNA.

Olwen was appointed to CEO of NIACRO in 2001 and immediately worked to achieve IIP and IIV status. From this came not just a focus on organisational competency and development but a desire to grow and sustain leadership. As well as supporting NIACRO staff to compete accredited and non accredited opportunities she gives time to support other cross sectoral iniatives to grow the sector




John McMullan, CEO, Bryson Charitable Group


John studied for a BA (Hon) Degree in Business Studies at the University of Ulster.  He followed this with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the same university.

John has been employed by Bryson since 1985 and now holds the position of Chief Executive of the Bryson Group, which is one of the UK’s largest Social Enterprises and one of N Ireland’s oldest charities.

John is committed to the development and growth of social enterprise and leads the Bryson Group through its subsidiary companies, each leading in a range of social business markets, which include: social care; energy efficiency and fuel poverty; training services for people in unemployment; supporting ethnic minority families/communities and domestic recycling. 

John is a Life Fellow of RSA, was acknowledged as the Northern Ireland and subsequently the UK Social Enterprise Leader of the Year in 2011; is a distinguished graduate of Ulster University; was awarded IoD (NI) Public and 3rd Sector Director of the Year 2012 and IoD UK Public and 3rd Sector Director of the Year in 2013 and was made a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management in 2016.  John was awarded an MBE in the 1998 Birthday Honours List and an OBE in 2011. 


Follow John on Twitter @johnatbryson  | www.brysongroup.org



Heather Monteverde, General Manager NI, Macmillan Cancer Support

Heather is both a registered general nurse and a registered sick children’s nurse. Completion of oncology training at Northern Ireland’s cancer centre was the catalyst for a chosen career in cancer care and subsequently the development of cancer services.

In 1986 she was appointed as the first Breast Care Nurse in Northern Ireland and remained in this role until 1995 when she took up post as an Oncology Nurse Advisor with Zeneca Pharmaceuticals.  In 1999 she joined Macmillan Cancer Support, and over this past seventeen years has enjoyed a variety of roles within the organisation, culminating in her current post as Head of Macmillan Services for Northern Ireland. In this role she seeks to influence strategically and has been instrumental in leveraging significant investment and service improvements for the region, such as the Transforming Cancer Follow-Up Programme and significant investments in the Specialist Cancer Nursing workforce.  

She is a lay/community member of the South Eastern Local Commissioning Group of the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Board, sits on the Northern Ireland Cancer Network Board and is a council member of Northern Ireland Cancer Registry. She also sits on a number of committees for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. In 2013 she was awarded the MBE for services rendered to healthcare. Heather is married with three daughters.


Roger Warnock, Director, Social Indigo

Roger has over 20 years hands-on business experience and a successful record in business start-up, business improvement and strategic marketing. He has experience working at board level, and over ten years’ small business and SME mentoring and programme management experience and successfully project managed multiple projects for blue chip, social economy sector and public sector organisations.

Roger is also passionate about entrepreneurship and social innovation and is committed to trying to solve major social issues in Northern Ireland, the UK and further afield such as unemployment among young adults.

He is also a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow who has researched social innovation and entrepreneurship in Brazil and the USA.