Tiziana O’Hara

e-mail: tiziana[at]nicoop-forum.co.uk
phone: 07858 317634
skype: ilgrillostrillante


The ability to devise successful strategies for development and growth. Strong analytical and problem solving skills to enhance business opportunities and improve processes. Experience of networking, lobbying and campaign for projects and initiatives. Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage demanding workloads.


Development Officer Northern Ireland Co-operative Forum, Aug 2011 to present

Promoting co-operation among co-operatives locally and across regions by organising meetings, events and conferences. Building relationships and influencing policy working with All Party Assembly Group on Co-operatives, political representatives and relevant organisations. Support emerging co-operatives by liaising with development agencies and finance providers.

Consultant / Trainer / Facilitator Freelance, 2010 – 2011

Provided training sessions on governance issues, mainly to community and voluntary organisations. Raised awareness on relevant legislation and Code of Good Governance. Facilitated workshops on strategic and operational planning with Management Committee members and senior teams.

Partnership Coordinator Women’s Centres Regional Partnership, Belfast, 2008 – 2010

Consolidated working relations among the partners by implementing a Memorandum of Understanding and preparing strategic and operational plans. The operational plans included self-evaluation plans with detailed performance indicators. Promoted the partnership of 17 women’s organisations by developing a marketing strategy including branding, website creation, an e-discussion group and a quarterly newsletter. Developed two DVDs to use as lobbying and advocacy tools. Organised meetings, events and conferences ensuring participation and representation of all relevant stakeholders. Coordinated eight public launches in two years with key speakers and targeted audiences. Coordinated the development of overarching initiatives such as funding bids to the Big Lottery Fund and the collection of data from our frontline partners for five specific pieces of research. Directly line managed 1 project worker and coordinated staff and resources across partners during collaborative projects. Prepared applications for funding and successfully secured financial support for the partnership and the frontline services. Prepared progress reports and financial summaries.

Equal Access Project Officer Women’s Aid Federation, Belfast, 2006 -2008

Responsible for researching needs of users to improve accessibility to Women’s Aid services.
Designed and carried out primary research into women “with no recourse to public funds” affected by domestic violence. Published report of findings and developed resource materials for lobbying and campaigning.
Worked with aspects of human rights law and acquired knowledge of specific conventions (i.e.CEDAW).
Designed a training module entitled “Human Rights and Equality” as part of the core regional training for all new workers in Women’s Aid.

Programme Coordinator Craigavon & Banbridge Women’s Aid, Lurgan, 2004-2006

for the coordination and delivery of programmes to support women experiencing domestic violence. Worked in the resource centre and in the Portadown refuge. Recruited and supervised a team of over 30 volunteers. Lead interagency working groups in Domestic Violence Partnerships. Provided awareness training on domestic violence to statutory, voluntary and community organisations.

Office Manager/Membership Administrator Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, Belfast, 2002 -2004

Worked at constituency and Assembly level to assist and support the two elected MLAs for the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition. Gained a working knowledge of Government structures from the NI Assembly to the local Departments. Managed membership office, internships and volunteers. Developed and implemented a relational Database in Access. Provided secretariat service to Executive committee. Organised fundraising events such as a Gala Party and an Art Exhibition and the 2002 party political conference. Campaigned and canvassed for the North Belfast candidate during the 2003 Assembly elections.


  • Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid, 2009 – present
  • Public Achievement, Belfast, 2004 – 2006
  • Dante Alighieri Society, Belfast, 2004
  • Italian Society in Northern Ireland, 2001


  • BA Honours in Sociology, Universita’ di Urbino (Italy), 1992
  • Masters Degree (M.Litt) in Logic & Metaphysics, St Andrews University (Scotland), 1994
  • HNC in Computing, Metropolitan College Belfast