I love London, but I love the country too - and it's good to have the advantage of a flat in Lambeth and a cottage in the wonderful Cotswolds village of Charlbury. My week always starts with the 8am Book of Common Prayer communion in my local parish church. Like Gordon Brown, my moral compass was given to me by my parents, who brought me up in the traditions of the Catholic Church of England. A powerful boost for the week ahead.
A day of interesting meetings and a beautiful dinner. I have been told not to drop names by my staff, so I am not mentioning the name of the Cabinet minister who was honoured with my views on the power of the third sector. Beautiful turbot. He paid. Morning was spent chairing the Adventure Capital Fund and deciding on loans for great community enterprises; the afternoon developing our exciting new leadership programme for our 20th anniversary.
Lunch with the civilised Chris Kelly, chair of the NSPCC and of the Compact Advisory Group. We discuss the need for a robust approach on the Compact. I said that I had already told John Stoker his first task was to give a selected bad department a good kicking. Back to a discussion with David Fielding of Rockpools on our 2006 pay survey, which shows 94 per cent of trustee chairs are white and only 30 per cent women. We agree "something must be done".
One of my more interesting appointments has been to the Honours Advisory Committee, and today I spend four hours poring over the nominations for the heroes of the public and third sectors. Then it's on to see Ed Miliband to argue our members' case for radical contracting reforms. Then a spin round three receptions.
Well, last week's highlight was shaking hands with Bill Clinton and being kissed by Cherie Blair (would have been more interesting the other way round). So it was good to be brought down to earth by visiting a residential special school for autistic kids (Sunfield) in Worcestershire, run by Acevo member Professor Barry Carpenter. The dedication, expertise and passion of Acevo's chief executives never ceases to amaze me. Being Acevo's chief executive is fantastic and brings me into contact with the giants of the third sector, whether that's West Berkshire Mencap, the Quakers or the RSPCA, to name but a few.
Don't you just hate those round-robin emails? I have been deleting scores on the subject of the Hubs Review. Then it's a train to Charlbury - we're having a meeting on setting up a community recycling project. Saving the planet is a good end to the week.
- Stephen Bubb is chief executive of Acevo.