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.