How strong lead­er­ship is help­ing char­i­ties to suc­cess

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

NORTH­ERN Ire­land’s thriving char­i­ta­ble sec­tor is proof that strong, in­no­va­tive lead­er­ship is the key to suc­cess, ac­cord­ing to the head of a group rep­re­sent­ing third sec­tor bosses.

Nora Smith was speak­ing at the launch of CO3’S an­nual awards, the only pro­gramme cel­e­brat­ing the achieve­ments of North­ern Ire­land’s char­i­ties.

CO3 de­scribed the ‘third sec­tor’ as a vi­brant con­trib­u­tor to the econ­omy, gen­er­at­ing an in­come of over £1bn in 2016-2017, em­ploy­ing 40,000 peo­ple in fields from health and so­cial wel­fare to edu- cation and the en­vi­ron­ment.

She said: “Our mem­bers op­er­ate ev­ery­where do­ing a bewildering va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent things. What they all have in com­mon is that they are do­ing good. The power of do­ing good is what fu­els the char­i­ta­ble sec­tor and makes us unique. The sec­tor is chang­ing lives and in some cases sav­ing lives on a daily ba­sis.”

The award cer­e­mony and con­fer­ence will be held on March 1 next year with the con­fer­ence theme of ‘un­tap­ping po­ten­tial’. Speak­ers in­clude Je­hangir Ma­lik, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Mus­lim Aid, and busi­ness speaker Ju­lian Trea­sure.

The awards are spon­sored by Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal In­sur­ance.

From left, Paula Jen­nings, trustee CO3, David Lane, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal In­sur­ance, awards host Wendy Austin and Nora Smith, chief ex­ec­u­tive of CO3

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