Monday: An early start today: I'm on the 7:30am train from Paddington to Exeter to attend an environmental conference for universities and colleges. A significant amount of our computer donations come from the further education sector; many of these computers are then distributed to schools, colleges and universities in developing countries.
In the evening, my colleague Caroline and I go speed-networking. Trying to fit everything I have to say into 90 seconds is challenging to say the least, but it's just about enough time to exchange business cards before moving on. We're still networking and drinking wine well after 11pm, so by the time we turn in we're pretty shattered but feel we've made some great contacts.
Wednesday: After two days in Exeter, I'm back in London and really excited about the meeting I have scheduled today. International development minister Shahid Malik has agreed to speak at our 10th birthday celebration later this month. Louise Richards, our chief executive, and I are meeting advisers from DfID to talk about the speech. The possibility that the department will donate some PCs is also discussed at the meeting, which goes very well. I then rush across London in time for a seminar as part of my postgraduate diploma in marketing and communications.
Thursday: I drag myself out of bed extra-early to go for a run before work. I'm training for the London Marathon and it's this weekend. I'm worried I haven't taken my training seriously enough. After an hour in the office, I head off to a corporate social responsibility conference. It's attended mainly by CSR directors from large corporates, so I put my networking skills to good use. During the conference, a journalist calls wanting a comment about our retail donors; after double-checking the details with a colleague back at the office, I agree to a quick interview.
Friday: I'm in central London for a catch-up session with our PR agency. We meet to discuss a few ideas for the coming months. Later, I'm back at my desk, but I break up the afternoon with a visit to our warehouse, where we've just received a donation of 200 PCs; I contact the donor to say thank you. Then I'm out of the door at 5.30pm to head across to the London Marathon base to collect my marathon pack.
- Computer Aid International provides refurbished computers to developing countries.