Sir Stephen  Bubb

Sir Stephen Bubb

Chief executive, Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) from 2000

Sir Stephen Bubb has been chief executive at the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (Acevo) since 2000.

Under his leadership Acevo has become an effective lobbying body with strong links into government and campaigns hard for greater delivery of public services by charities.

Prior to joining Acevo Sir Stephen had worked as director of personnel at the National Lottery Charities Board, head of personnel at the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, negotiations officer at the National Union of Teachers and research officer at the Transport and General Workers’ Union.

He studied for a politics and philosophy degree at Oxford University where he also got his Masters in economics.

He is a colourful and sometimes controversial figure in the sector and writes a popular and often provocative blog that details his extensive networking and even aspects of his personal life. He has his own parody figure in the form of Sir Robin Bogg, chief executive of the spoof British Umbrella Backing Body (BUBB), who writes a tongue-in-cheek blog uncannily similar to Sir Stephen’s own.

He was knighted in the 2011 New Year's Honours List.

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'Politicians need to stop bullying charities'

Following recent criticism of charities' campaigning activity by of politicians Andrew Hind argues that charities should be independent, but not neutral.

Insuring against a damaged reputation

Ian Allsop wishes he could insure against damage to his own reputation.

Silence of the lambs

The latest Parliamentary campaign against charity campaigning provides Ian Allsop with food for thought.

In with the old

Ian Allsop previews another year of debates based on personal conviction rather than facts.

Legal challenge should be the absolute last resort. It is the threat of legal challenge with the procurement regulations that has made councils over-cautious about maximising social value in the first place. We need to work in partnership on this one.

» Bubb: Acevo will take bodies which don't take Social Value Act seriously to court

Sir Stephen Bubb, chair of Adventure Capital Fund

The Department for Communities and Local Government is considering turning the £70m Communitybuilders Fund, run by Social Investment Business into an endowment. Sir Stephen Bubb, chair of the Adventure Capital Fund, also run by Social Investment Business, welcomes the news.

Dinner service

Ian Allsop provides an overview of the CFDG annual dinner and assesses that diners enjoy what's on their plates despite talk of lavish cuts.

Moving onwards?

Ian Allsop reminisces about his first Charity Finance. It is with a tear in my eye that I write this but enough aboutpeeling onions. After nearly eight years, and 79 issues, 48 as editor, I am leaving Charity Finance to become a full-time dad. From the end of January I will be spending all my time at home making sure that my two sons' education on subjects such as restricted funding, non-business use VAT and asset allocation for endowed charities is firmly in hand as I understand the national curriculum does not yet see fit to include them.

Planning for the recession

By the time you read this, the sector leaders will have held their summit looking at the current financial climate and the possible effect of the downturn on the sector, reflecting upon the last recession to see if any lessons can be learned and possible solutions. And the government has promised its own response following the pre-Budget report

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