Testimonials

As a small charitable community organisation we have found it difficult to recruit trustees, C03 were recommended to us by Jo Murphy, CEO of Lighthouse Charity- a former Chair of New Lodge Duncairn Community Health Partnership. Initially we were sceptical as to the added benefit this engagement would bring, thankfully we were proved wrong. Con and Nora came to meet with us to outline the support that C03 could offer and Con was on hand throughout the process offering advice and support. The calibre of the applicants interested in serving on our Board was incredible, and we have been able to secure 3 trustees with skills and experience that will assist us as we move forward, despite the challenges evident within the community sector.

- Julie Jamieson, Project Manager, New Lodge Duncairn CHP



As Chair of Relate(NI), I was delighted with the work carried out for us by CO3 in the recent exercise to appoint a new CEO and refresh our Board. Nora and the team were highly professional and kept the processes moving at pace. They were systematic in designing the procedures we used and in working with us to understand our needs and the criteria which would help us select the right people. We achieved an excellent pool in both competitions and the sift and interview exercises were carried out to a very high standard. We are very pleased with the appointments. With CO3’s wrap-around on-boarding service, and excellent value for money, we are extremely pleased with the service offered.

- Claire Archbold, former Chair, Relate NI



Extern engaged with CO3 when recruiting a senior management role in our Business Development Directorate. We had previously struggled to fill the post and decided to engage CO3 following a thorough review of all available options. From our initial engagement right through to the appointment of the successful candidate CO3 were incredibly knowledgeable, very attentive and totally professional. They ensured that we had the right candidates to choose from and we are very happy with the service we received. I cannot recommend CO3 highly enough for their Executive recruitment service and would have no hesitation in using them again.

- Danny McQuillan, Director of Services, Extern Group



Craft NI worked with C03 to recruit both an interim and permanent Director for the organisation in 2018/19. C03 took the time to really understand our organisation and the sector, as well as what we needed for this particular stage in our strategic development. The recruitment went smoothly with candidates selected from an appropriate pool. Co3 were available to provide information to us and to candidates at all times and for a small organisation, Co3’s support on the logistics was a huge time-saver for a small staff and Board team. We had confidence in the interview process that it was fairly managed with questions to show all the different aspects of candidates strengths and weaknesses.

- Katherine McDonald, Director, Craft NI



Cedar was extremely satisfied with the executive recruitment exercise recently conducted by CO3 on our behalf. We found the professional help and guidance provided in the process to be excellent. CO3 thoroughly researched our target market and we were very content with the quality of the pool of candidates who applied for the role. From our perspective, the whole process was handled efficiently and effectively from the initial planning meeting, through the recruitment process to the appointment of the successful candidate. Cedar can highly recommend the executive recruitment service provided by CO3.

- Linda Keers, Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Cedar Foundation



Nexus engaged the services of CO3 in its recent recruitment of its new Chief Executive. It proved to be an excellent decision as CO3 handled the matter from start to finish in an extremely professional, efficient and cost effective manner. Not only did they have the systems in place to ensure that we were compliant with best practice, but throughout the process their support and wise advice enabled the selection panel to focus on what was important, ie finding the best person to lead the organisation.

- Judith Blair, Chair, Nexus



The management board of Craft NI were presented with a major task earlier this year (2019). That was to identify and appoint a new Director for the organization, to lead us through the current post-merger issues and establish Craft NI as the primary organization involved in the development of the Craft Sector in NI. We identified CO3 Chief Officers 3rd Sector, as a perfect ‘fit’ to lead this task. The result was exactly what we had anticipated, a positive outcome within a very short timescale! We worked very closely with the Chief Executive Nora Smith. Nora was highly professional and adept in the way in which she was able to address concerns raised by committee members and bring the task to a successful conclusion. Her effective management of the various meetings also facilitated the necessary progress. Personally, I found the whole process as smooth as I had could have expected. I would recommend CO3 and Nora Smith to any company or organization about to begin a similar ‘journey’.

- Rory Shearer, Chair, Craft NI



C03 Recruitment Service were fantastic to work with. As a recruiter they delivered a highly professional service to Stepping Stones NI understanding our diverse employment role instantly and the values of the organisation, which mean so much to us. Through C03 we found the perfect candidate who is bringing so much to our organisation! A perfect match!

- Paula Jennings, Chief Officer, Stepping Stones



…an excellent job by CO3 managing the whole process professionally on our behalf. All were excellent candidates from very different backgrounds, however one candidate came through with an unanimous decision.

- Alan Branagh, Chair, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland



As a candidate I was struck by the quality of CO3’s interactions with me and the rigour of the selection process they ran for their client.

- Tim Magowan, Interim Executive Director 2019, Corrymeela