Back Page: My week - Stephen Bubb demands professionalism

Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo

Sunday - An interesting day, starting with the dawn mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and ending late at night in my flat, feeling the London cold.

I have been in Israel to give the keynote address at the National Conference of the Israeli Third Sector, in front of 500 delegates and three government ministers. They were fascinated to learn how strong our government/sector relationships are. We forget just how far our partnership has developed in the past decade. There is much to be proud of.

Monday - A meeting with Baroness Morgan to talk about the establishment of a new voice for service users in the heath service. The NHS: such a great institution trapped in Stalinist bureaucracy, which the sector must help dissolve.

Tuesday - My weekly directors' group is followed by a meeting with Simon Davidson: venture capitalist, young Tory and member of my board at the Adventure Capital Fund. We plan to develop the role of investments in community organisations. Small community groups can have big ambitions. We must fund them.

Meet Ed Miliband to discuss the Action Plan for Sector Service Delivery, to be published on Wednesday. We agree that the sector's role must expand and reform of public services is key, whether through direct delivery or advocacy for citizens.

Wednesday - A day of many meetings - one of them with Gal Alon, the Israeli Prime Minister's adviser on the third sector. He is reviewing the sector and the potential for an Israeli Compact.

The evening is a competition between the parliamentary Charity Champions Awards and Third Sector's Britain's Most Admired Charity awards. At the latter, Dame Suzi Leather says she liked my piece in The Times demanding more sector professionalism.

Thursday - Acevo's annual conference. Campbell Robb makes his first sector speech as the new director general. It's good. Our theme underlines the need for professionalism and strong leadership in sector organisations.

Hilary Armstrong talks with passion on social exclusion; Oliver Letwin on social enterprise. Writer Richard Reeves speaks on happiness. Churchill, he says, said "the key is to move from failure to failure with enthusiasm".

I know some chief executives that are like this - not Acevo members, of course. I speak to Ed Miliband and Mark Thompson at dinner about how the sector adds to wellbeing in society.

Friday - Chief executives occasionally need breaks. I am off for a short walking holiday in the Scottish Highlands. My trusty Blackberry will accompany me, though the reception is a tad shaky up the hillsides.

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