How strong leadership is helping charities to success
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