Award Winner!

A short note to share with you the considerable achievements of our colleague Graeme Baird who was recently crowned APSE UK Apprentice of the Year for 2017.

Prior to this most recent accolade Graeme has won:


  • Best 1st Year Electrical Installation Apprentice at Tullos Training
  • Best SECTT (Scottish Electrical Charitable Trianing Trust) Apprentice Grampian Area


  • APSE Scottish Apprentice of the Year Winner
  • North of Scotland Trades Awards, Apprentice of the Year, Highly Commended
  • Best 2nd Year Electrical Installation Apprentice at Tullos Training
  • Best SECTT Apprentice Grampian Area
  • APSE UK Apprentice of the Year, Finalist


  • APSE Scottish Apprentice of the Year 2016, Winner


  • APSE Scottish Apprentice of the Year 2017, Winner

A fantastic record of success, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Building the Council of the Future

How time flies…. we’re now four weeks into the Building the Council of the Future events and more than 1800 colleagues have attended so far.

A huge thank you to those who have put forward views, ideas and questions at the events.  All of the feedback will be invaluable as we start to put together plans to push ahead with the Transformation Programme.

For those of you who have yet to attend an event, don’t worry – there’s plenty more being arranged.  These events will be a constant feature of the Transformation Programme and will change to make sure we get input at every stage depending on what’s happening.

And there are many other ways for you to keep-to-date or get involved.

In the last few weeks, the Transformation Zone has been launched as a space where you can all get information, news and updates about Transformation.  More importantly, there are many opportunities through this site to ask questions or submit comments and ideas on the information.  If you didn’t traditionally have access to The Zone, desktop computers are being fitted into all Council locations where you can get onto the intranet.

You may be interested in seeing some of the feedback that we’ve had from staff so far – on the site there’s a video clip featuring highlights of the conversations that happened.

If you want to help with communications and engagement or play a role in supporting your teams as we move through change – why not become an Employee Rep?  There’s more information on the Employee Rep Network on the Transformation Zone.

Another first over the last few weeks, was the first meeting of the Strategic Transformation Committee.  A bulletin capturing news from the Committee is also featured on the site.  As is the first edition of the Staff Guide to Transformation – October’s edition is all about our need to change and the Target Operating Model.  Each month will include different features as we go through Transformation.

So, if you haven’t already – please make sure to take advantage of the communications tools that are available and sign up to one of the events.  I’m keen to hear from you….

Check out the latest news section of the Transformation Zone. 

SPECTRA wins Festival of the Year Award

Congratulations to all the teams responsible (City Promotion & Events; Culture, Partnership & Policy), and all colleagues, volunteers and partners who made SPECTRA 2017 – Aberdeen’s festival of light – such a success.  The festival has now won Large Event of the Year and Team of the Year at The Drum Scottish Event Awards 2017.

SPECTRA is a relatively young festival, but had around 65,000 visitors in 2017 and was up against some long-established events.  Well done and we’re all looking forward to SPECTRA 2018.