Judging by the negative comments being left, it would seem that Bubbs Blog has attracted quite a few extra readers of late as a result of his extraordinary outburst 'Shawcross Brings Sector into Disrepute' attacking the Chair of the Charity Commission. Unfortunately they are no longer visible as a clearly rattled Sir Stephen has removed the offending post. Lets hope the British Library have duly recorded it for posterity though.
Clearly he has irritated the Daily Telegraph sufficiently for them to trawl through the blog looking for other gems, such as that concerning his rather fabulous 60th birthday bash at the House of Lords last November when the great and the good paid homage:-
He boasted how “an eclectic mix of family and friends, Acevo members, parliamentarians, churchmen, media, old college pals, trade unionists, Baronesses, cabinet ministers gathered to celebrate with me."
“I even had a note from Ed Miliband to wish me well, though as he said, '60; hard to believe it!'. And a card from Tony and Cherie Blair.
“Tony's nice note was rather touching 'thanks for your fantastic contribution to the nation and its voluntary sector'.”The trouble is, according to the Telegraph article:-
However it has now emerged that the event – which is thought to have cost over £1,000 – was part funded by Acevo, which is funded by membership fees from more than 1,500 chief executives or directors from the UK's top charities.
Acevo confirmed that the organisation paid for half of the cost, and that Sir Stephen had “paid half the cost personally”. A spokesman said: “This was a tea party, no alcohol was provided and Sir Stephen arranged his own birthday cake.”
The spokesman justified spending donors’ money on the event because “part of its on-going work in building stakeholder relationships”.Frequently boasting of his ability to cause a stir, given the response to his most recent outburst on CEO pay, I sincerely hope his Trustees or his ACEVO members begin to ask themselves if he conveys the appropriate image for the voluntary and charity sector in this day and age? There's no doubt in my mind that his typically pompous reaction has done the charity sector some serious reputational damage.
It may be relevant to note that his ACEVO empire has been shrinking in recent time, with quite a few members voting with their feet, as revealed last month in this interview with Third Sector:-
The current slowing of political momentum, which Bubb calls "a kind of limbo", has coincided with a time of retrenchment and change at , which used to have an annual income of £3m and 45 staff, but now has 30 staff and an income closer to £2m. This is partly a result of the phasing out by next spring of the OCS Strategic Partners programme, but the number of sector leaders who pay between £200 and £800 a year for Acevo membership has also slipped, from a high point of about 2,000 to 1,591.
Sir Stephen represents the bosses of the voluntary and charity organisations that will either be forming partnerships with Probation Trusts to bid for our work, or that will bid on their own account for our work.