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

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CO3, the representative body of third sector chief executives has welcomed the CBI’s ‘Time for Action’ report.

Commenting Majella McCloskey, Director of CO3 said:

“This is an important report that all leaders in Northern Ireland must give credence to. CO3 agrees with Terence Brannigan’s assertion that it will be in working together that government, the public, private and third sectors can face down the grave economic challenges with which we are confronted."

Anne O'Reilly

In a recent Interview for the Business Insight section of the Irish News, one of CO3's Board Members, Anne O'Reilly, answered questions on her career to date:

What was your first job?

My first job after I left university was as a care worker in a residential home.

What qualifications do you have?

I’m a trained teacher and social worker. I also have an MSC in Leadership and Management. It’s so far back I can hardly remember!

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For Northern Ireland to truly emerge with a stronger and more robust economy after the biggest global recession since the Second World War it will require all sectors that contribute to GDP to be innovative and bold in how they re-invigorate the local economic landscape.


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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