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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Prime Minister David Cameron has written to Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, promising him that the controversial Lobbying Act will not affect the majority of charities and campaigning organisations.
The National Coalition for Independent Action has said charities should commit civil disobedience and defy the requirements of the new Lobbying Act, while 38 Degrees is consulting with members on whether it should lead a coalition to flout the new law.
Ed Miliband wants to give back control of public services to the people who use them, he said last night at the Hugo Young lecture.
Totalitarianism does not arrive with a fanfare of trumpets like a tidal wave. It creeps in like the rising tide and drowns the population as they sleep.
Acevo and NCVO have vowed to scrutinise the impact of the lobbying bill after it was passed by the House of Lords last night, without reinstating two amendments which would have reduced its impact on charities.
Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo; Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support; and Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice have all made this year’s Debrett 500, an annual list of Britain’s 500 most influential people.
Social Investment Business and Social Enterprise North West today announced the first local impact fund pilot in Liverpool, making £2m available to charities and social enterprises in the region.
Sir Stephen Bubb will say that politicians need to accept that charities “must be ‘political’ with a small ‘p’” as he launches Acevo’s programme for the 2015 general election at Parliament later today.