My week: Stephen Bubb talks to spotty youths

Monday: Chief executives should know how to party. At Acevo, we are putting the finishing touches to our 20th anniversary celebrations.

These reach a climax in June with our annual forum, a summer ball and a reception at 10 Downing Street. 

For the forum we have decided to eschew the usual public sector glitterati in favour of our own leaders. Our members are discussing leadership challenges, past, present and future. How often we draw lessons from the public or private sectors when our own sector is the source of great leadership!

Lunch with Matthew Symonds, political editor of The Economist. It says much for the growing influence of the third sector that we are being courted by The Economist.

Tuesday: A greeting card arrives from Cameron Watt, deputy director of centre-right think tank the Centre for Social Justice, thanking us for an excellent round table between it and our members. How civilised.

A meeting with Lesley Abdela, who writes on women's rights. Years ago, I commissioned her to write a book, Breaking Through the Glass Ceilings. Now we are working on supporting women chief executives in the sector.

Lunch with an old school friend, a spotty youth who has now become home affairs editor of The Daily Telegraph (I was never spotty).

Wednesday: Third Sector day. Whoever said our sector was overflowing with the milk of human kindness? It's often more bitchy than an episode of Dallas.

Let's face it, the Budget means a cut in the income of many charities. I lunch with Salvatore LaSpada, Acevo member and chief executive of the Institute for Philanthropy. The Government has promised to support an invigorated campaign to increase giving. Stop whingeing. Take action.

Bizarre evening: live on BBC Radio 1 talking about charities. My sparring partner is Nick Seddon, author of the back-to-the-19th century report on charities by think tank Civitas. Spotty youths apart, was anyone listening?

Thursday: I meet Su Maddock, who chairs the Greater Manchester CVS. We are planning a meeting to explore the potential for charities to exploit the service delivery agenda. Why have we got into a divisive argument pitting small charities against large? We can exploit opportunities for collaboration and mould procurement to our advantage.

Then an induction for our three new trustees: Cedric Frederick of social care charity Adepta; Allison Ogden-Newton of Social Enterprise London; and Theodore Spyrou, who runs a community centre in Islington and chairs our young CEO group.

Mass, then off to Charlbury. I grew up in the country and believe you can celebrate Easter only there. Must be something to do with bunnies.

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