Three visits…

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.

Looking back at last week.

This week has been very difficult for us all at Aberdeen City Council.  Following the allegation made regarding baby and adult cremations at Hazlehead Crematorium, I have been reflecting on the impact it has had across the city and the wider North-east and the effect on all of us working for the Council.

The shock and grief of bereavement is both intensely personal and something that can be shared by a whole community.  For many it never goes away.  The fact that this allegation has distressed members of our community, some possibly our own staff, affects all of us.

Compassion and understanding must be at the heart of everything that we do within Aberdeen City Council. We all have a determination to serve the citizens of Aberdeen and to serve them well.  I appreciate the seriousness of the allegation that has been made, and their widespread and profound impact.  I also know that public trust may be lost if it is found that a failure to provide a proper service has hurt families, some of whom may be our own colleagues. I understand that trust may be difficult to regain.  However, regain it we must.

Over the months and years ahead further challenges will arise because council services play such a huge and often very personal role in the lives of our citizens.  How we, all of us, react to and resolve these situations will be how our community judges us.

My thoughts remain with those families affected by the uncertainty of what may have happened at Hazlehead Crematorium. I promise that we will provide all the support and help that we can to those affected and that we will be open and honest during the inquiry process.

Welcome to the Chief Executive’s blog.

Angela Scott has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive (Designate) for the period 1 to 30 June 2014.  In this role she also becomes Head of the Paid Service for the council on an interim basis. Valerie Watts leaves the employment of the City Council on 30 June and on 1 July Angela begins work in her substantive role as Chief Executive.

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Hi… I’d like to introduce myself

30/01/14-Angela Scott-Director of Corporate Governance I’m Angela Scott and I’m delighted and proud to say I’m the  Chief Executive (Designate) of Aberdeen City Council. This blog is my way of making sure I’m in contact with all staff, wherever I may be and whatever your location is across the city.  There are 9000 staff and only one of me so I’m hoping that by using this blog I have a way of keeping in contact with all of you.  You can visit this blog on a computer, tablet or even your mobile and you don’t need to use a council email address.  The only thing I do ask is we keep the questions and dialogue exclusively for council colleagues and for this you have to register.  You can find out how to do this by filling out the registration form below. Please visit this blog regularly. I’m aiming to post every couple or weeks or so and will try to read all your comments and answer any questions you may have.