Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Board strategising!

In Leeds for our ACEVO Board Strategic Away Day. We are meeting at our Leeds office and have a board dinner last night. I am lucky as a CEO to have both a supportive Board but also one where there is real input into strategy direction. Inevitably we spend a lot of time thinking how the recession will affect us as an organisation and our activity as a sector Leader. We share experiences and views. Its a mixed picture. We agree there are opportunities in public service delivery and there are also challenges of scale. An interesting discussion on mergers; we agree this is not the only model but we also agree advice is needed to CEOs to review their strategic plans and to think about partnership and alliances.

My article in The Guardian has been published. It's provocative but intended as a wake up call to Government to come up with a package of support. It is no good the Government resting on the laurels of achievement over the last decade if they don't now provide help in testing times. But I also pay tribute to the substantial record of the last decade. The UK is now the global leader in the third sector. A huge change in the relationship between sector and Government has brought great benefit to us and our beneficiaries. The huge investment in capacity building, the pioneering establishment of the Third Sector Ministry and Office, the drive on service delivery though the third sector. It's a proud record. Now we want it capped with help in troubled times and a renewed partnership for delivery to the victims of recession.

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