People who make Northern Ireland a better place to be crowned

Nominations are being sought for the people who do the most to make Northern Ireland a better place.

The annual CO3 leadership awards, which celebrate the achievements of Northern Ireland’s charity bosses, were launched today.

CO3 chief executive Nora Smith said: “Charities are by definition in the business of doing good. Collectively they work with the most vulnerable people in our society, transforming lives, providing hope and promoting the public good.”

“This is a chance for people to nominate those leaders who have done the most to make Northern Ireland a better place.”

“We’re looking for leaders who inspire, who innovate, who provide the best leadership, those who have transformed their organisations and the best social entrepreneurs.”

She added that in a time of austerity and uncertainty the work of charities was now the bedrock for many peoples’ lives.

Martin Flynn , Chief Executive Officer of Open College Network NI , said “ We are very proud to be supporting the Best Newcomer category at this year’s CO3 Awards.  Leaders in the Third Sector are passionate about making a difference to communities in NI. Therefore, it is only right that these leaders are recognised for their positive contributions to society”.  

Nominations are now open for the awards. Winners will be announced at a black tie dinner at the La Mon House Hotel on March 26, 2020.

Award winners will gain a place on a three-day leadership development programme in Sweden, where they can learn from and share with their Swedish peers. 

The ceremony will be preceded by CO3’s annual conference which will be hosted by broadcaster Wendy Austin. This year will be the theme: “Why?” exploring fundamental questions about the nature of charities and the business of doing good.

CO3 Awards Launch