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CO3 Leading Edge Programme

CO3 Leading Edge Programme
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 09:30
Various TBC

Now, more than ever, Third Sector chief executives need a strong support network of senior managers to help address the leadership challenges organisations face. Succession planning and investing in the next generation of chief executives is also vital if the sector is to thrive.

Designed by the sector for the sector, this programme provides protected space and support to build your leadership skills in line with your live issues and challenges. Delivered with an interactive approach, you will work together and learn from each other as you engage with different theories and leadership themes. This can be a powerful and transformational experience.

Our innovative approach to leadership development provides you with practical opportunities to learn from others, as well as a network of high profile chief executives. This five-day programme will provide you with the opportunity to reflect, share and connect with others.

 CO3 Leading Edge Cohort 1, with Maeve Monaghan, CEO NOW Project, December 2014

Dates for your Diary!

The Leading Edge Programme will take place on the following dates:

23 April 2015 - Evening networking session
24 April 2015 - Module One
4 & 5 June 2015 - Module Two
23 & 24 June 2015 - Module Three

Delegate feedback:

“I have more tools to help me think more clearly and see difficulties in a positive light and to meet the challenges that arise at work.”

“I believe in my abilities more and I am able to bring insights, especially in terms of leadership styles to my senior management team.”

“I have realised that I am a leader more than a manager.  I have gained confidence to step more fully into this role by putting myself into situations where I can bring my insight and gifts to bear.”

“I feel more calm and confident in my skills as a leader”

Speaker Bios

Stephen Mathews
Chief Executive, The Cedar Foundation

Stephen is the Chief Executive of The Cedar Foundation, a position he has held since 1991.

He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. respectively, from the Universities of Ulster and Birmingham and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
The Cedar Foundation provides a range of care; accommodation and vocational services to enable disabled adults and children participate in all aspects of community life. The Foundation currently supports 2500 individuals and employs 360 staff. Cedar continues to achieve wide recognition for its work, winning the EFQM Ireland Excellence Award in January 2014 and in October awarded the prize for Leading with Vision, Inspiration and Integrity at the (EFQM) European Excellence Awards.

He is an advisor to a number of grant giving charitable foundations including NI visitor for The Henry Smith’s Charity. Stephen was appointed OBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to people with a disability.


Jenny Irvine
Chief Executive, 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 social partner and past Chairperson on the Sothern Local Action Group (SWARD) with responsibility for the delivery of 20 million pound under RDP Axis 3.Jenny is a Director and vice Chairperson of CO3.

Peter McBride
Chief Executive, Niamh

Peter McBride is the Chief Executive of Niamh (the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health). Niamh is the largest voluntary sector organisation in Northern Ireland specialising in the provision of locally based community mental health services and learning disability.

Peter joined Niamh in 2001 as the Managing Director of Carecall.  Since 2010 he has been the Group Chief Executive.

Peter has degrees in Science and Divinity and at Masters Level in Social Work, alongside further qualifications and experience in the fields of business management, counselling and the management of psychological trauma.
He is a Trustee of the National Charity, BBC Children in Need, and of NICVA and has been involved for over 20 years in the Victims and Survivors Sector in Northern Ireland, leading and consulting on a variety of different projects.
Peter is Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing.


Programme Fee

We are able to offer this programme to you at £725.
There is an additional fee of £91 if you opt to pursue accreditation.

For more information please download the programme brochure by clicking - CO3 Leading Edge Programme.

To book your place or to find out more contact Nora Smith on nora@co3.bz or Tel: 02890 245 356


CO3 Leading Edge Cohort 1, NIACRO's offices, November 2014