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Engage and ARK Launch Market-Leading Recruitment Partnership

Northern Ireland’s leading third sector recruitment agency Engage Executive Talent has partnered with ARK Consultancy to create a radically new and unique talent recruitment service for Northern Ireland’s housing associations. 

Engage Executive Talent is the recruitment arm of CO3, the membership body for third sector leaders in Northern Ireland and has to date helped more than 80 third and public sector organisations recruit chief executives, senior management team members, board chairs, trustees, and interim executives.

ARK is a specialist housing consultancy providing strategic support, bespoke consultancy, interim resources, recruitment and training and development services across the UK for housing associations, local authorities, and charitable organisations.

The new collaboration will provide a wraparound recruitment and selection service tailored to the needs of housing associations which includes ongoing leadership and peer-to-peer support for successful candidates after appointment.

Patrick Minne, Director, Engage Executive Talent said:
“This is an exciting and progressive partnership which represents a major evolution of the local housing recruitment sector and combines the collective expertise and competencies of our two organisations. Together we understand the mission, culture and values of a sector dedicated to improving its community, and we recognise why and how those factors need to be considered during recruitment and selection processes, alongside traditional skills and experiences. This is a partnership which will harness the best qualities and experiences of both of our organisations and will bring together ARK’s deep, 30-year knowledge of the UK housing sector with our specialist expertise of the social enterprise sector to deliver a holistic and bespoke recruitment service.

“Over the last six years, Engage has become a leader in the recruitment of third sector leaders, executives, and board members, and this felt like a natural next step for us. The impact of Covid-19 has also further proven the need for high-quality, expert advice and guidance when an organisation is seeking leadership talent, and that is exactly what we provide.”

Kieran Colgan, Director, ARK Consultancy said:

“We are delighted to work with Engage as ARK continue to extend the range of services we provide to housing associations in Northern Ireland.

“ARK’s work across the housing sector over the last 30 years gives us the professional connections and networks to ensure Northern Ireland’s housing associations attract the ‘brightest and best’ to board, executive and interim positions.”  

Helen Scurr, People Services Director, ARK Consultancy added:

“We have been very impressed with Engage’s work and their intimate knowledge of the Northern Irish housing sector. Like ARK, they are committed to developing long-term relationships based on honesty, mutual respect, and trust.

“By combining ARK’s skills and expertise with Engage, we can develop a one-of-a-kind package for Northern Irelands largest social enterprises – housing associations – helping to develop the sector’s capacity and develop its future leaders.”

The partnership will formally be launched at an event in Belfast in October.


About Engage
Engage Executive Talent is the recruitment arm of the CO3 Group, a non-profit organisation which has been helping develop leadership talent in Northern Ireland’s third sector since the 1980s.

With significant networks spanning third, public and private sectors built on cross-sectoral collaboration over three decades, it remains the leading third sector executive recruitment agency in the provision of chief executive, senior management, trustee and interim executive services to its clients.

Its heritage means it is driven by ethics, but it competes on quality.

Find out more about Engage Executive Talent at

For further information please contact Patrick Minne – or call 07792 509003.

About ARK
ARK is a specialist housing consultancy providing strategic support, project management, interim resources and training and development services.

We work with Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Charitable organisations across the UK to help improve their efficiency and increase their effectiveness. Our ethos is to “Enhance Everything We Encounter”.

We deliver effective, tangible results through a wide range of services including asset management, development and regeneration, governance, ICT and digital, recruitment, training, Social Return on Investment and business transformation.

Find out more about our range of services and keep up to date with our latest news by visiting the ARK website –

For further information please contact Sarah Williams – or call 07922 847547.