Nominations open today for the 2020 Star Awards

Award season is upon us.  Announcements have already been made for the OSCARS and BAFTAS and now I am pleased to announce that from today nominations are open for our very own awards.

The Star Awards give us the chance to celebrate the successes of the past year (we have after all been nominated for the LGC Council of the Year) and to recognise colleagues for their hard work.

We are a large organisation, across many disciplines and locations and these awards not only offer you the chance to praise a colleague or highlight a project but they can help forge stronger bonds between services by calling attention to the wide range of work we do.

I am always grateful for the dedication of everyone works who at Aberdeen City Council.  There are thousands of staff across the organisation and the commitment you all show toward the City and improving the way we do business is second to none.

We should all be proud of the work we all do for the city and I want to encourage you all to nominate a colleague or team that you think have excelled in the past year.  This is our opportunity to show members of ‘Team Aberdeen’ that we value their contribution.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 21st February.

Nominate and find out more at Star Awards

Happy New Year. Welcome back.

I hope you all had a fantastic time over the festive period and as always, I would like to offer my thanks and appreciation to everyone who was on duty or on call over the past fortnight.

The year ahead is likely to be another of continued challenge, but I have no doubt that working as one team we can also make it a year of opportunity.

We certainly have a few things to look forward to in the first few weeks of 2020.

Aberdeen City Council have been nominated for the Council of the Year category in the LGC Awards. These are much coveted awards across the UK and Aberdeen is the only Scottish representative in the list of finalists.

It is proof, not that I had any doubt, that the hard work and committed from across ACC to transform the way we do our business is exemplar. This nomination is a great achievement and I am proud of each and everyone of you. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 18th  March.

We have also been nominated for two further categories:  Campaign of the Year and Community Involvement. Our nomination for campaign of the year, reflects the significant progress we’ve made to move transactions on line and the use of an extensive social media campaign to assist this. Our nomination for Community Involvement reflects the significant expansion of our work with communities and the empowerment of such communities. Both awards feature the execution of our Target Operating model and its fantastic to see these deliberate approaches being recognized. Read my previous blog to find out more. 

I am also excited to welcome Spectra back to Aberdeen in 2020.  It makes a welcome return to the city on 13th February with an exciting programme themed on Scotland’s national year of ‘Coast and Waters’.  It will be great to see the light artworks once again brighten up our dark February nights and I look forward to the announcement of the full programme in the New Year.

These are just two of the many things happening in Aberdeen and the council this year and I look forward to working with you all throughout the year.

Again, my thanks for all your hard work and commitment. Let’s make 2020 one to remember.