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The Sponsors

CO3 is grateful to the following sponsors for their support of the CO3 Leadership Conference & Awards 2019 and for their commitment to supporting excellence in Third Sector Leadership.


Ecclesiastical Insurance 

Our main sponsor of the Leadership Conference & Awards 2019, Ecclesiastical Insurance are also the Award Sponsor of the Inspiring Leader of the Year Award.

Ecclesiastical have been a long standing supporter of Leadership in the Third Sector having been associated as lead sponsor with the CO3 Leadership Awards since 2012.  As a specialist insurer in the charity sector they have been very aware of the challenges facing leaders who strive to maintain services in the face of increasing demands.


Avec Solutions 

Sponsor of the CO3 website.





Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

Sponsor of the Leading Organisation Change Award





Business Eye 

CO3 Leadership Conference & Awards 2019 Media Partner





Department for Communities

Sponsor of the Social Entrepreneurial Leader Award

The Department of Communities is delighted to be sponsoring the “Leading Social Entrepreneurial Award”. It recognises the important role played by enterprising and innovative leaders in the Third Sector, navigating and leading change and placing their organisations in strong positions to continue to deliver improved social well-being and community impact.





Department of Health

Sponsor of the Leading Forward on Health & Social Care Reform Award.

The Department of Health is pleased to be sponsoring the “Leading Forward in Transformation across Health and Social Care” to recognise the important role played by charities in working together across organisational boundaries to place service users and patients at the heart of transformed health and social care services.




Halifax Foundation

Sponsor of the Leading a Smaller Organisation

The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is a grant-giving Foundation whose income is derived from Lloyds Banking Group.Its policies are determined by an independent Board of Trustees, which agrees on the Foundation's strategic priorities and distributes the funding.

The overall aim of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is to support charities which enable people, especially disadvantaged or disabled people, to play a fuller role in the community.In 2018 alone, the Foundation supported 346 charities to the tune of £1.24m.

As a funder of small charities, Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is delighted to support this category, recognising the commitment, drive and passion it takes to lead a small charity.



Media Design and Print

Printing Sponsor





Sponsor of the Best Newcomer Award

OCN NI is a leading Awarding Body in Northern Ireland. We work closely in partnership with education and training providers to develop and award professional and technical (vocational) qualifications, from Entry Level to Level 5 across a wide range of subject areas. As a registered charity, our purpose is to advance education and to ensure that learners of all ages and abilities maximise their potential.

As the 1st choice Awarding Body for the Third Sector, we are proud to be sponsoring the Best Newcomer of Year at the CO3 Leadership Awards. OCN NI would like to wish all entrants the best of luck and congratulate everyone who has been nominated for an award.





Premier Wealth Management

Sponsor of the Trustee of the Year Award





Social Enterprise Academy  

Sponsor of the One to Watch Award

The next generation of third sector leader has a tough decade of challenges ahead, and a world of opportunities to seize. We have a planet to cool, poverty to end and inequalities still to resolve. Creating space for reflection, and safety to support peers, transforming leadership practice is known to be a critical success factor in building a sustainable sector for the future. It is vital that we develop emotionally intelligent, strategically aware and operationally resilient leadership, investing in our people, at all stages of career and organisational growth.

Partnering with CO3 since 2013 to deliver ‘Leading Edge’, the Social Enterprise Academy has been privileged to help develop the next generation of third sector leadership in Northern Ireland. Responding to demand, the Academy has also been replicating internationally, sharing learning with local teams around the world - in Australia, Malaysia, China, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Wales, Canada and New Zealand, alongside fifteen years’ learning in Scotland’s communities. The Academy is delighted to now sponsor recognition for the rising leaders of the third sector in Northern Ireland. Let’s show the world what you can do!




Sponsor of the Social Innovation Award





Worthingtons Solicitors

Sponsor of the Leading People Award

Worthingtons is a Lexcel accredited and established firm of solicitors based in Belfast and Newtownards providing a wide range of legal services for both private and business clients.  We believe in adopting a practical and commercial approach based on a high degree of competence in our areas of expertise.  We consistently seek to deliver fast, practical and straight talking advice which not only meets but exceeds our client’s expectations.

Worthingtons are honoured to have the opportunity to sponsor the “Leading People” Award and to celebrate those people who create a positive impact through their leadership style and willingness to help others.