My week: David Marriott, Together Trust

The chief executive of the Together Trust spends time on the road and at a film premiere.

Marriott: meets architects and celebs
Marriott: meets architects and celebs
Monday: The day starts with an important meeting with the trust's senior managers to link our emerging strategic plan with the local authority world, of which I was a part until recently.

Lunch is interrupted by a meeting with the trustees' treasurers group. I reassure them that since I took over as chief executive the budget has not gone into freefall. I then visit senior officers in one of our partner local authorities. I know their world, so over several cups of strong coffee I empathise with the pressures they are under.

Tuesday: On the road again, this time to north Wales. Although based in the Greater Manchester area, the trust has services elsewhere and it is important they feel part of the organisation. It is also good to hear from colleagues about what it is like at the chalkface - theory and practice are not the same thing.

Wednesday: A day of architects and partnership. Blank sheets of paper are rapidly filled with creative ways of using a £400,000 trust donation. I soon realise that we can build only a big shed rather than the desired sports centre.

A sense of deja vu in the afternoon as I return to a meeting in a town hall. New colleagues and partners are very welcoming as I represent the National Council of Voluntary Childcare Organisations on the children's and young people's strategic partnership. I am invited to be vice chair; quite a coup for the third sector.

Thursday: We have the Manchester Odeon premiere of a film made by students at one of our schools for young people with challenging behaviour. What an event: stretch limos, red carpets and 'Oscars' presented to our budding actors by Sue Nicholls, alias Audrey from Coronation Street. What the event and activity does for the young people's confidence is incredible.

Friday: Trustees day. We meet monthly to update everyone and talk through ideas for our strategic plan. Trustees have been welcoming and receptive to the new ideas that I and the directors have put forward. Monthly meetings are demanding but do allow us to confirm decisions and move things on.

I have a working lunch before moving seamlessly on to a trustees' sub-committee on personnel issues. What a way to end a busy week. Bring on the weekend wine.

- The Together Trust provides care, support and improved opportunities for young people in north-west England.

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