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Collaboration NI Roundtable Discussion: Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 17:30 to 21:00
The Long Gallery, Stormont Buildings, Belfast, BT4 3XX

Collaboration NI* and Social Enterprise NI would like to invite you to a roundtable discussion to consider Supply Chain Partnerships as a model of collaboration across the third, public and private sectors.

The roundtable will provide an opportunity to:

  • Clarify what is known and what is not known about supply chain partnerships as a model of collaboration
  • Outline the main theories and perspectives on supply chain partnerships.
  • Identify the dominant models of partnerships
  • Assess the benefits and drawbacks of these models
  • Examine critical success factors and best practice for partnerships
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and how they can be filled
  • Be clear about what is widely accepted understanding, what is our analysis and what is new thinking
  • Draw out the key implications for the third sector.


Principal bodies of theory on partnerships/ strategic alliances in the public, private and third sectors. The circumstances under which partnerships are appropriate, and how to make them.


The different types of partnerships that occur, along with benefits, drawbacks and critical success factors.

Good Practice Models

Good practice lessons drawn from a number of examples

Lessons Learnt Moving Forward

Review on the lessons learnt from examples provided.

It will include guest speakers from England who have been identified as exemplars in developing cross sectoral supply chains (private, public and third sectors).


5.30 - 6.00pm Registration, Tea & coffee, buffet
6.00 - 6.15pm

Introduction and Welcome, Nora Smith, CollaborationNI
Overview of CollaborationNI
Overview of Supply Chains as a model of collaboration

6.15 - 6.30pm

Hugh Nelson, Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Supply Chains within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT)

6.30 - 6.45pm

Cameron Watt, NIFHA
Supply Chains for Housing Associations, untapped potential?

6.45 - 7.00pm

Liam McNeill, Bryson Charitable Group
Setting up and Managing a Supply Chain

7.00 - 7.15pm Q & A
7.15 - 7.30pm

Dr James Rees, Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC)
Lessons learnt from research on supply chains in England and Wales

7.30 - 7.45pm

Phillip Scott, Deloitte
Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneers Programme Lead

7.45 - 8.00pm Q & A
8.00 - 8.30pm

Roundtable Discussion
Supply Chains as a model of collaboration for Third Sector Organisations

  • Barriers to participation
  • The Benefits of supply chains
  • What are the risks?
  • Would you consider it as a potential model for your organisation?
  • What support do Third Sector organisations require from Government for supply chains to work?
8.30 - 8.45pm Feedback


*CollaborationNI was commissioned and financed by the Building Change Trust and is delivered in partnership by CO3, NICVA, and Stellar Leadership.

For further information please see www.collaborationni.org

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