My Week: Ruth Thompson listens to metal when no one's around

The property advice and consultancy manager at the Ethical Property Foundation recounts her week

Ruth Thompson
Ruth Thompson

MONDAY - Quite a few of my colleagues are out of the office today, so I focus on compiling our six-monthly report on the results of the 109 cases we've worked on. I get loads done, with my favourite heavy metal music playing loudly in the background - something that I can't indulge in when my colleagues are around.

TUESDAY - I visit the London City Mission, a Christian outreach charity. It has a fascinating building next to Tower Bridge, built in the 1970s on old church grounds. We discuss how its use of the property has changed and how we can help it use it more effectively and reduce costs. I find myself engrossed in its archive, which dates back to the 1800s.

WEDNESDAY - My stepdaughter has chicken pox so today I'm working from home. I make sure she's comfortable in front of a computer game and I continue with a project we're working on for Lambeth Accord, a charity that leases space to disability organisations. We're doing a social audit for it, examining the benefits of different groups sharing space.

THURSDAY - I work with my colleague Ian, planning some training sessions for a couple of clients to improve their negotiation skills with landlords. We have devised a fun role-play in which people get to play the big, bad landlord - some end up being surprisingly nasty and threatening. The rest of the day is spent dealing with property-related queries. I'm able to reassure one client who is worried that a local heritage building might be knocked down if they don't take action.

FRIDAY - I'm part of the panel interviewing candidates to be the new director of the foundation. It's sad and a bit scary because we're losing a co-founder who started the charity 10 years ago, but it is also exciting because the calibre of the applicants is so high. It's an intense process because most candidates have lots of questions - by the end I'm very tired and looking forward to the weekend.

The Ethical Property Foundation provides charities with independent property advice

Ruth Thompson is property advice and consultancy manager at the Ethical Property Foundation

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