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Programme for Government Workshop

Programme for Government Workshop
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 12:00 to 14:00
CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB)

The Northern Ireland Executive is seeking your views on the draft Programme for Government Framework 2016-21.  The most notable difference with the draft Framework is that it is outcomes focussed.

It also places a strong focus on collaboration, highlighting the need to work across sectoral boundaries in the public, third and private sectors.

This is an opportunity to hear from Celine McStravick, Director of NCB and Brendan Muglrew, Managing Partner of MW Advocate on their viewpoints of the draft Framework.  It is also a chance to discuss with your peers, the key points that will help to inform CO3's consultation response.

To register please email sarah@co3.bz or Tel: 028 90 245 356.


Meet the Speakers

Brendan Mulgrew
Managing Partner, MW Advocate

Brendan graduated with an honours degree in Information Management from Queen's University, Belfast in 1990. He established MW Advocate in February 2012. Prior to that he was Managing Director of one of Ireland's largest independent PR and Public Affairs companies. He also worked as Ministerial Special Advisor within the Department of Finance and Personnel and the Department of Employment and Learning for Dr Sean Farren.

Before taking up his role within the NI Executive, Brendan worked with local economic development agency, Ortus. In that time he worked with all statutory funders, including the International Fund for Ireland and the EU bodies, in implementing business development programmes in Belfast.

Brendan has a keen interest in politics and has maintained a wide range of contacts within the political establishments in these islands. He has worked with a wide range of organizations in government, private and voluntary sectors including PlayBoard, Airtricity, Sainsbury's, the Northern Ireland Parades Commission and the World Health Organisation's Belfast Healthy Cities project. He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Brendan is married with 3 young sons. He is a keen sports and music fan, and outside of work is PRO of Antrim GAA, and a member of the County Board.

Celine McStravick
Director, National Children's Bureau, Northern Ireland

Celine has extensive experience of leading on early intervention strategy in Northern Ireland as Director of the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).  Celine led the development of the Child Poverty Outcomes Framework for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister which was delivered as part of the Delivering Social Change initiative. Celine has led the campaign to introduce the full implementation of OBA (also known as RBA outside the UK) in Northern Ireland. NCB is currently the only licensed provider of OBA training on the island of Ireland. In addition, NCB provides technical assistance to the Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP), a £30m investment by 6 government departments and Atlantic Philanthropies seeking to transform universal and targeted service delivery across Northern Ireland creating systemic change, ensuring all children and young people have the best start in life. Celine is also a member of the Public Health Agency’s Child Development Project Board and has supported the development of the NI Infant Mental Health strategy, the implementation of several evidence based early interventions and provides ongoing evidence regarding what works for children and families.