My Week: Peter Kyle wrestles with cuts and bacon sandwiches

The deputy chief executive of Acevo recounts his week

Peter Kyle
Peter Kyle

Sunday: The week starts early when I open The Sunday Times and read a vicious attack by an unnamed government source on Dame Suzi Leather, the chair of the Charity Commission. Emails begin swirling around between colleagues trying to assess the implications: which part of government was behind the attack? What are the implications for policy? And will this same attack dog target Acevo or, worse, one of our members, should they assert their independence in a way perceived as unhelpful to the government?

Monday: No day ever pans out quite as I expect, and today is a good example. After a long day of internal meetings our director of strategy, Seb Elsworth, who sits next to me in the office, suddenly goes quiet - usually a bad sign. The criteria for the Office for Civil Society's strategic partners programme has landed in his inbox. We learn that funding for the programme, from which Acevo receives money to advise the government on policy matters, will finish by 2014. We discuss the issues and implications late into the evening.

Tuesday: My day starts before 7am at the gym. Then I head to the RBS office in the City to give a presentation to its staff, who support charities from around the country.

Later I have dinner with my old boss Hilary Armstrong, the former Cabinet Office minister. A note to anyone thinking of offering me a job: my bosses always end up with titles - Dame Anita Roddick, Baroness Armstrong and now Sir Stephen Bubb, our chief executive. Naturally, I take full credit.

Thursday: This morning I have breakfast with a key Tory aide. We talk about the political landscape and he lets me in on areas of policy that are getting his team excited behind the scenes. I tell him, over my bacon sandwich, about developments in the sector - and vent a few frustrations.

In the evening, Stephen and I meet for a drink to discuss increasing the impact of our policy team's work in areas including expanding markets and our Big Society Commission.

Acevo supports and represents voluntary sector leaders

Peter Kyle is deputy chief executive of Acevo

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