Today we shut down for the Christmas break and return refreshed for the New Year. And to send staff off on their merry way I laid on a lunch time champagne amd mince pie lunch. It's the least my brilliant team deserve. They have worked superbly over the year to support and advice the sector's CEOs. I am lucky to have such talent. Though a team of only 40 we seem to do the work of a hundred. And that is because of dediction and commitment and sheer intelectual brain power. It's the likes of my Head of Policy who came up with what must rank as the quote of the year , "ACEVO is keen on evidence-based policy making, but we are not keen on procrastination-based evidence making
." As a summary of what the Treasury have been up to it could not be excelled ! It is with people like this we demonstrate leadership on behalf of the sectors glorious band of chief executives...
I will be off for another Nine Lessons and Carols at Westminster Abbey and then Midnight Mass at All saints, Margaret Street.
Have a Blessed and Peaceful Christmas. And, as the Bidding Prayer for christmas Eve says,
" Let it be our care and delight to hear again the message of the Angels and in heart and mind go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which is come to pass".
Let me end by pasing on the email card from the great Rob Owen at the St Giles Trust.
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