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CO3 Announce Three Year Partnership with Smith & Williamson as the Lead Sponsor of the CO3 Conference and Awards

Smith & Williamson Sponsor Three Year Partnership for CO3 Conference and Awards

Cross Sectoral Development Programme for High Potentials

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Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 17:00

Save the Date for the CO3 Awards 2021!

Last year we held our awards online for the first time and it was a great success. We loved that you could celebrate with your team at your own table and it really made us feel like we were at a hotel in person.

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 09:00 to Friday, October 15, 2021 - 17:00
CO3 Office, 31 Bruce Street, Belfast, BT2 7JD

Interim Executive Training prepares individuals to work with a Third Sector organisation on a short term basis, helping organisations to either manage a gap in permanent leadership and/or to provide additional support to a Chief Executive and the Senior Management team in times of need.

Change comes in many forms, and can affect every part of our lives. We can experience transitions in work and our relationships, as well as our personal lives. Sometimes we know a change will occur and sometimes change happens suddenly and unexpectedly. Many people spend a great deal of effort trying to avoid change, but the situation surrounding COVID-19 has meant we have had to adjust how we spend our day to day lives in order to save the lives of others.

Appointed with the help of CO3's recruitment service, Engage, Northern Ireland National Director of Diabetes UK, Tina McCrossan was barely into post when Covid-19 hit in early 2020.  Here she tells CO3's members about how a focus on planning and communications kept her new team on point.  

The theme for CO3's Conference and Leadership Awards taking place in March 2020 is "The Why factor”.

So this begs the question, why invest in training?

Let’s take a moment to think about investments, all the necessary commodities that require monthly investment, be it office equipment, IT, security, mileage, wages… The list is endless!

Crowdfunding Workshop
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 09:30 to 16:30
CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB)

Crowdfunding is a way of raising finance by asking a large number of people each for a small amount of money. It has significantly grown in recognition and uses the internet to talk to thousands, if not millions of potential funders. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 14:00 to 18:00
The MAC, Belfast.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 12:30 to 14:00
CO3 Offices, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB

If the fast pace of technology change has you feeling a bit overwhelmed, or if you sense that all these computers and gadgets haven't quite lived up to the "productivity tool" billing, then this lunchtime seminar is for you.

Better Together event
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 09:30 to 15:30
Meet at the Mill, Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey

Discussions around the reform of local government in Northern Ireland are currently very topical.


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CO3 and Carnegie UK Trust - What kind of Northern Ireland do we want?

CO3 is delighted to partner with the Carnegie UK Trust to lead on a series of virtual fireside conversations leading up to a Conference on 8 December 2021 themed under:-

“What Kind of Northern Ireland (NI) do we want”? 

The Carnegie UK Trust (CUKT) was set up to improve the wellbeing of the people of the UK and Ireland. Over the past five years we have been working with partners in Northern Ireland on embedding a wellbeing approach in government.

We have three fireside conversations organised before the Conference. 

What does a better early years education and childcare infrastructure look like in NI?

Disability Inclusion in the workplace - What it is and why it matters?

Net Zero in Northern Ireland: what do we need to do, how quickly can we get there and will it be enough?


Cross Sectoral Development Programme for High Potentials

This innovative programme will enable senior/middle-tier leaders from the third and public sectors to develop their leadership skills, building and strengthening relationships to address the complex shared challenges they face.

Click here to download the full programme.

The 3 month programme will be delivered to 10-14 managers from each sector*. 

*Broadly equivalent to NICS Principal / Deputy Principal level or NJC scales PO4 – PO9.


As an outcome of the programme participants will:

•    Gain a greater understanding of the two sectors
•    Understand their own leadership style, strengths and personal brand to allow them to lead authentically
•    Be aware of their communication styles and the preferences of others and how to communicate effectively
•    Understand the system team development model and how they can apply it to their cross sector group
•    Agree a team charter and plan of action
•    Practise using different innovation and decision making models
•    Collaborate together to solve shared issues