This week, as I formally take up the reins as Chief Executive, I’ve been reflecting on three different excursions I’ve had over the last months.

Last month, the corporate management team visited Braehead School, we met many children throughout the day and you couldn’t help but be impressed by how happy, confident and enthusiastic they were about their school. A lot of credit must go to all the staff working at Braehead for creating the right environment for learning. We also met some older children from the Bridge of Don Academy who took the opportunity to raise a number of issues with us. CMT is currently drafting its follow up response to the kids in a “you said, we did” format.

A week ago I had the pleasure of being the guest of four young chefs who had organised a ‘Come Dine With Me’ as part of a series of fundraising events to raise funds for CLAN. Again our committed staff were involved in supporting these kids to achieve a very personal goal.

Finally on Friday, I attended the AGM of the Inchgarth Community Centre. I was pleased to be asked to present awards to three young adults whose voluntary efforts were being celebrated.

I’ve enjoyed getting to know, in a very small way, different communities within Aberdeen and it has been a helpful reminder of the need for me to keep these strong and vibrant communities at the heart of my thinking. It’s also been great to see our colleagues making a difference in the everyday lives of children.

Thank you to everyone I’ve met over these three visits for the hospitality and kindness I’ve received.

Written by aberdeenccblog

Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council. All views are my own.