I’m delighted to say that we have been shortlisted in the Council of the Year category in the LGC Awards – a very welcome idependent endorsement for all of the hard work and commitment that has shown by individuals and teams in every area of our operations.
The LGC Awards are coveted by local authorities the length and breadth of Britain. For Aberdeen to be the only Scottish representative in the list of finalists is a great achievement and we look forward to the winner being announced in March.
We have also been shortlisted by the LGC judges in the Campaign of the Year and Community Involvement categories, with the panel impressed by the comprehensive promotion and engagement with customers around the garden waste subscription roll-out led by the External Communications cluster and Waste and Recyling team and with the Aberdeen Communities Together (ACT) approach being pioneered by Steven Shaw, his staff and hundreds of volunteers who commit thousands of hours to making the city a better place to live.
We are on quite a roll at the moment when it comes to external recognition and we can take enormous pride in the assessments being made by experts in their fields.
Aberdeen City Council has been named Local Authority Fleet Operator of the Year by Transport News, a major accomplishment for Willie Whyte and all of the fleet team. It demonstrates the great strides that have been made and the determination to excel.
My congratulations go to Willie and his staff, as well as to Mark Reilly as Chief Officer of Operations and Protective Services, for the hard work and dedication that sits behind the latest national award.
Mark’s cluster have been on a great run of form – with Douglas Gibb flying the flag for Building Services at the CITB Apprenticeship Awards and being crowned Workplace Mentor of the Year at the awards ceremony in London.
Colleagues from the service were also in the limelight at the North East Scotland College awards this month. Chloe Beech earned a bronze commendation for advanced craft studies in carpentry and joinery, Stewart McCombie a silver commendation for advanced craft studies in carpentry and joinery, Lewis Burt was the stage two winner for carpentry and joinery with Brandon Russell runner-up and Heidi Wards was the painting and decorating stage one winner. Lewis was also the Grampian Building Employers Trophy winner for 2019. Well done to all!
In Governance, we will discover later this month whether we have won the In House Legal Team of the Year Awards at the Herald Law Awards. Against competition from across Scotland, it is fantastic to have been shortlisted and for the work done in particular around legislation tracking and horizon scanning by Kundai Sinclair and colleagues in Fraser Bell’s cluster to have stood out for its innovative approach.
We made a similar impact with the Keep Scotland Beautiful panel – who made 27 awards to Aberdeen groups at the It’s Your Neighbourhood event in Stirling recently, from our own Airyhall School to a wide range of community organisations. It’s another really positive indication of the team spirit being fostered and links back to the nomination in Steven’s area for the LGC Awards.
I think it’s vital that we celebrate the many and varied achievements of the Council and our colleagues.
The awards and nominations are lovely recognition, but I realise that they are not what motivates us every day to do the best for our city – that drive comes from delivering against the vision we have for a place where all people can prosper, which is what we take greatest pride in. We see that in everything we do and it is hugely appreciated by those who matter the most – the customers we care for and serve, the most important judges of all.