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CO3 Members' Day

CO3 Members' Day
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 13:00 to 16:30
Agape Centre, 238 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 6GF

This event is, as always, free to attend and gives you an opportunity to come along and take part in a range of one-to-one clinics and workshops on a variety of carefully selected topics. The topics focus on the personal and professional services that any Chief Officer might need and you can select those which you would like to attend. The list of clinics and workshops is listed belowBooking for the clinics and workshops is now open! To book your place please fill in the online form here.

- See more at: http://www.co3.bz/news/members-day-2015-workshops-clinics-open-booking#s...

We are all really excited about our fourth Members’ Day event which is to be held on Thursday 8 September from 1pm - 4:30pm at the Agape Centre on the Lisburn Road, and we would like to invite you to attend. If you haven't attended one of our Members' Days before and want to get a flavour of what the day entails, you can view our slideshow of images online here.

The theme this year is, “What if nothing was impossible? Building you up to be the best leader you could possibly be!” and we are sure that the event will have something for everyone.

This event is, as always, free to attend and gives you an opportunity to come along and take part in a range of one-to-one clinics and workshops on a variety of carefully selected topics. The topics focus on the personal and professional services that any Chief Officer might need and you can select those which you would like to attend. The list of clinics and workshops is listed below. Please note that the 1-2-1 clinics are now fully booked. There are however spaces left on all of the workshops.

If you prefer to just come along during the afternoon and enjoy a coffee, take some space out of the office to chat with other CO3 members and to meet the CO3 team then please feel free to do so.

Why should I attend?

If the details above have not been tempting enough this event will also provide you with an excellent opportunity to network with peers either before, during or after the event in a great venue. The CO3 team will be on hand to answer any queries, to discuss your membership needs and most importantly, to get your feedback.  We are a membership organisation run by members and this is your day.

We are delighted that Edwards & Co. Solicitors and Cunningham Coates Stockbrokers are supporting us again in this event.

We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there.

The CO3 team

(Nora, Tracey, Rachel and Sarah)

Confirmed Clinics/ Workshops

Clinics (one-to-one sessions that are 25 minutes long)

Property Matters

Business / Employment Issues

An introduction to coaching, mentoring and counselling

A CV review

HR risks of social media



Mangaging Risk on Investments

Driving High Performance as a Leader

Protecting yourself from litigation in the areas of equality and diversity

Introduction to Yoga

The Dark Experience

Personal Effectiveness

Get your Mindset Right 

Leadership for Success: Achieving the Impossible 

Personal Resilience

Agile Leadership

The Body Never Lies

Clinics (one-to-one sessions that are 25 minutes long)

Edwards & Co Clinics

Members’ Day is all about members rather than their organisations and sometimes it’s  the only chance people have to focus on sorting out their own affairs outside of work.

With that in mind our solicitors will be available to answer questions and provide advice on matters that often sit on the to-do list but never get done. Based on our experience from previous years we have put together the following 1:1 clinics:

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Property Matters and Wills & Trusts with Edwards & Co.

Property Solicitors Sean McGinley and Cathy Warnock will offer advice and answer your questions on issues including the sale/ purchase of property; leases – both domestic and commercial; landlord/ tenant queries and questions concerning business premises.

Cathy specialises in advising clients on managing their affairs including making a will, preparing an enduring power of attorney (EPOA) and other issues such as Trusts and property planning and will be available to provide information and advice on these matters.

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Business Interests and Employment Issues

Solicitors Catherine Cooney and Paul Lenehan will be available to answer your queries regarding new business start-ups – issues such as limited company or partnership; employment of staff and the legislation around that; complying with EC Regulations and having the right policies in place.

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Edwards & Co. Solicitors is a progressive firm that combines practical advice with a sensitive personal approach.

For nearly 50 years, we have been providing high-quality legal support to clients across Northern Ireland, maintaining a professional service that treats every client as an individual. Located at Hill Street in the Cathedral Quarter, we are at the heart of Belfast with easy access to the Tribunal Building, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Laganside Court Complex.

We pride ourselves on our unrivalled commitment to clients’ needs. Over the years we have recovered millions of pounds in damages for people who have been injured at work, in road traffic accidents and in their every day lives; we have been at the forefront of ground-breaking litigation and judicial reviews; we have acted for large trade unions and professional bodies in vigorously pursuing their members' cases to achieve excellent results. We have extensive experience in dealing with noise-induced hearing loss claims. Our team covers the full spectrum of legal services, providing individuals, small businesses and charities with practical advice to resolve their problems.

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An introduction to coaching , mentoring and counselling 

In this short ½ hour session Bill Halliday will explore the differences between each in the context of each person’s individual needs . Participants are encouraged to bring some current personal management / leadership concerns to see if external help might be an option worth considering.  

Bill has extensive experience at a senior management level and is currently coaching and mentoring  senior staff  across a range of disciplines and settings . As  the first  CEO of  MindWise he led its successful demerger from a UK wide charity .Bill has been a long term contributor to CO3's  mentoring programme . He is also a member of the Patient and Client Board on which he is their Risk Champion and a member of the Audit and Governance Committee .

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CV Review with Hays Recruitment

Hays Specialist Recruitment are pleased to be offering a CV Clinic for Co3 Members that are seeking advice on composing a cv, looking professional advice on an existing cv, or perhaps actively seeking a new role, and may require a tailored approach to take their cv to market.

Confidence is now firmly rooted in the economy, and this optimism is driving growth in hiring, however competition for managerial appointments are at an all-time high. The CV submission process has become crucial in differentiating yourself when applying for high-level executive positions.

As part of the clinic, Business Managers of Hays will provide one on one guidance to cv writing: how to showcase your credentials and past successes, as well as articulating your personal brand, combined with your key indicators of  previous and current success.

As a specialist recruiter we are also happy to discuss market trends and provide a comprehensive insight into employment data across key sectors and the professions for which we recruit for throughout Northern Ireland.

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Ways to manage the HR risks of social media whilst improving employee engagement.

We are in a culture that reflects an “always on” world. To realise their capabilities, our challenge as leaders is to introduce social media strategies for internal and external communication that can help your employee productivity and engagement. This CO3 Members one-to-one clinic will identify your potential HR risks of social media within your organisation.  Members will be in a position to craft a social media policy that doesn’t just say what employees can’t share, instead, define the things you do want them to share, and how to link social media to performance and feedback, so it becomes embedded as your culture!  

Catherine Kane Associates is a HR consultancy. We engage with business owners and leaders in the third sector to understand priorities, culture, issues and opportunities. We bring a depth of experience and discernment, allied with our focus, on your organisation’s wellbeing. We address the root cause of issues; exploit the opportunities to help organisations prosper. Catherine Kane’s core goal is about driving ingenuity, difference and value for her customers.

Catherine Kane is Director of Catherine Kane Associates

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Workshops ( 25 minutes long session)

Managing Risk on Investments

“Interest rates could soon go to nothing (zero) – is it impossible to obtain a return and mitigate risk?” Focusing on investment returns we consider how risk management is key to the decision making process and boosting investor confidence.

Cunningham Coates provide investment management and financial planning services to a wide range of private clients, trusts, corporates and charities on both discretionary and non-discretionary basis.

Wayne Nickels joined Cunningham Coates in 2001, being appointed a Director in 2012 and Partner in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and was President of the NI Branch from 2013 - 2015. Wayne also holds a Masters in Finance (MSc) from Queens University of Belfast; a degree in Business Administration (Hons); level 6 diploma (degree equivalent) in Securities & Investment as well as a level 6 diploma in Leadership & Management.

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My role as a leader to drive a high performance culture

This workshop will focus on your role as a leader in driving a high performance culture. At the end of the session you will understand your role as a leader,  what the five vital ingredients are for driving high performance, how to use coaching to drive performance and understand the benefits for your organisation.

Barbara Owen is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development (Chartered MCIPD) and holds a Masters in Human Resource Management (MA HRM) from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. She has over 20 years’ experience in working with chief executives and senior management teams to optimise personal and business performance.

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Why You Should Aim to Protect Yourself from People Like Me!

Barry Phillips, CEO at Legal-Island, who spent his early career as a barrister suing employers for failing to comply with key legislation, shares his top five tips on how to fend off litigation in the area of equality and diversity.

About the Organisation: Legal-Island is a multi-award winning employment law training and information company working in both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. They specialise in training HR professionals in employment law, and call on the services of more than 100 lawyers and HR experts to deliver large conferences and seminars, addressing key developments relevant to the world of work.

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 Introduction to yoga - ALL LEVELS 

The class will begin with a 5 minute introduction, some breathing techniques, to centre / focus and simple seated stretches.*  The class progresses at a gradual and easy pace into standing postures which aim to invigorate, improve balance, strength and focus. The class winds from here, drawing attention to more 'grounded' postures that focus on releasing tension in the hips, some restorative postures, closing the class with a few minutes of silent relaxation to soft music.  The class will flow at a gentle pace and caters for absolute beginners with no experience, however the only fitness requirement is the ability to move from the floor to standing with relative ease.

Axis Yoga Belfast offers an innovative approach to introducing wellbeing to organisations through Yoga. Many companies are now realising the benefits Yoga can bring to their employees' motivation and performance by investing in yoga classes for their staff and reaping the rewards.  With stress, anxiety and sickness on the rise, never has there been a more crucial time to incorporate movement into the workplace and school environment.  AXIS Yoga currently works with organisations such as The Princes Trust, Byrne Looby, and Baker and MacKenzie holding  early morning, lunchtime and early evening  sessions for these corporate groups.

*Please note that this session will involve gentle yoga however please wear unrestrictive clothing for your own comfort.

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The Dark Experience

A new sensory team building experience. This workshop will give you a flavour of the social enterprise offering from RNIB which offers team building sessions of “The Dark Experience”.  Blindfolding the participants allows them to experience what is it like to be blind and the challenges this can bring when doing everyday tasks.

The session will be facilitated by RNIB.

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Personal Effectiveness – To help each person reach their own highest potential in leadership

This presentation will be based on Jeremy’s recent book of the same name, the aim of which is to bring together the ideas and practices of many great leaders, to make you become more effective. Jeremy shares practical ways to improve your work life balance with the ultimate goal of getting far better results in far less time.

Topics will include “Take a walk in your future” “Design your life” and “ Make an appointment with yourself”.

Jeremy is the Senior Partner of Harbinson Mulholland Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers and has been a success coach and trusted advisor to many of Northern Ireland’s top business and charity leaders for over 25 years. Harbinson Mulholland are specialist advisors to the charity sector. Founded in 1998,  their focus is on helping businesses maximise income and minimise cost, with a partner led service.

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Get your Mindset Right: Increase effectiveness through increased flexibility

There is much talk about growth and fixed mindsets and how our mindset affects our personal success and flexibility. In this short workshop find out more what a Growth Mindset really is, the neuroscience behind mindset and learning, quickly assess your current mindset and learn some tips for becoming more mentally agile.

Emer Hinphey, Partner, Think People Consulting Ltd, has over 15 plus years experience of business leadership, leadership development and in more recent years has become a highly competent facilitator and coach. Most of her work is with senior management and at Board level across all sectors including the Third Sector. Emer has a wealth of experience supporting leadership development, complex change and conflict resolution within a wide range of organisations.

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Leadership for Success: Achieving the Impossible

How to embrace the unknown and overcome challenges to land on your feet…

Achieving the impossible is as much about personal strength and attitude as skill and the ability to manage your team to achieve your organisation goals. During this workshop Willis Consulting will help you to explore how you can set out as a leader to overcome challenges through key strategies. In particular you will explore and identify

Strategies that will help you build personal strength;

Management techniques to ensure level of team efficiency and effectiveness is as high as possible. 

Our trusted HR consultants are experts in their field and have vast experience of providing practical HR and health and safety support to the third sector.

Our consultants act as an extension of your organisation, spending time with you and your team, getting to know your structure and culture. Management teams and trustees can tap into our expertise to ensure legal compliance and to avail of valuable support with people management and workplace safety responsibilities. Our broad range of services include investigation and/or chairing of disciplinary and grievance hearings, development of organisation strategy, auditing of HR and H&S practices, benchmarking and job evaluation projects, Board communication and effectiveness projects, assistance with recruitment and much more. 

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Personal Resilience

The resilience course aims to teach employees and employers the best methods and techniques to better equip themselves to stand up to the pressures and stresses of life and work. As stress is a subjective issue it is not enough to simply state something is stressful and manage that. Stress needs to be manage by the individual and Personal Resilience allows people to gain the skills required to better manage their own responses to situations.

AMH Works:

AMH Works has been set up by Action Mental Health, with a view to helping people and organisations through our training programmes. AMH Works can give you the skills to learn how to deal with the stresses of modern life both in work and at home and through these programmes you will be better equipped to be the best that you can be.

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Agile Leadership: how to develop both personal and  team resilience

In a climate of austerity, and particularly in the wake of the Brexit decision, it goes without saying that 3rd Sector organisations are facing a period of unprecedented uncertainty and a need to build resilience and motivation to equip them to deal with the challenges ahead.

 In this workshop Lynsey Stewart, Senior Consultant at Headstogether Consulting Ltd, will lead a discussion on agile leadership, how to develop both personal and  team resilience and the how to increase employee engagement at times when traditional strategies may not be available.

HeadsTogether is a specialist human resources consulting firm with offices in Belfast and London. We help our clients in a range of areas including the following:

  • Strategy & Change
  • Employee Relations
  • Employment Law & Policies
  • Learning & Development
  • Performance & Reward
  • Recruitment & Selection

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The Body Never Lies

A Bodywork Approach to Dealing with Stress at Work

There is a wealth of information and tips about how to cope with stress at work. However, useful as these may be, recent advances in psychology and neuroscience suggest that a focus on internal body or somatic processes is the key to dealing well with stress. This approach encourages us to listen more to our internal messages and, in this way, come to not only understand what happens when we feel stressed, but also find out how to usefully access our internal resources when/if we feel excessively challenged by others.

In this workshop we will look at how we can manage our feelings in relationships at work and try to ensure we respond to what is happening in the here and now. Rather than reacting to something that might have happened years ago, we learn from that experience. In this way we can use body sensations and feelings as a resource to help us make the choices that work best for us.

Nuala and Cordula are both accredited counsellors with 20 years of training and working experience in both the statutory and voluntary sectors, supporting the well-being and professional development of others: one to one, in delivering training and working with groups.

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