I drove to Exeter for a meeting of the South-West Regional Branch, and did my "state of the nation" thing. One question concerned the completeness of vision – how all the strands fit together, and how ICT Heads of Profession can develop the appropriate strategy and gain board buy-in, I wasn't able, adequately, to answer.

But it's a key issue, I believe, for Socitm to lead on, and is closely linked to some other themes we are developing. I therefore hope to work to ensure I'm better-placed to provide a convincing answer in future!

My journey home took two hours longer than getting there – mainly because of rubber-neckers on the motorway ogling an accident on the opposite carriageway, and causing further minor accidents on our carriageway in the process. Got home at 8.30.