An action-packed week starts with news of two high-profile departures from Towergate. Thus there is plenty to talk about when I meet with the company’s PR officer that morning. Lunch with CFC Underwriting proves to be a more light-hearted affair as the conversation turns to Olympic celebrations and the infamous CFC Halloween party.


Another day of meetings, starting with Capita’s Brent Escott to see how the company’s general insurance head is settling in to his role after six months. I round the day off by interviewing Aviva’s new UK chief executive Robin Spencer, who clearly is under no illusions about the task ahead of him.


Aviva dominates the talk in the office one day on from the unveiling of the company’s new strategy by chairman John McFarlane.


My sporting exploits get the better of me as a bad knee injury incurred playing tennis at the weekend rules me out of action. So far I have had to limit my activities to watching the Wimbledon final from my sofa, but there was no respite as I witnessed Andy Murray losing to Roger Federer.


My attentions turn to another jam-packed schedule, with a visit to Allianz’s Guildford headquarters among the many on my to-do list. Sadly, my predicament means I may have to give my tennis match against Mervyn King at the Bank of England fun day a miss though.