Long service awards for college staff

Banff and Buchan College recently celebrated the outstanding commitment of six long-serving members of staff.

John Cousins, Chairman of the Board of Management, presented certificates to June Cowie, Fiona Daniels, Jim Watt, Ian Barbour, Jim McKean and Kenny Thom.

June Cowie (HR director), Fiona Daniel (curriculum leader in business and management) and Jim Watt (electrical and electronic Lecturer) all received the long service award for 25 years, while both Ian Barbour (curriculum leader in electrical and electronic engineering) and Jim McKean (sector manager in services) received the award for 30 years.

Kenny Thom (employability manager) received the long service award for 35 years. Mr Thom, 65, is currently the longest serving member of staff at the college and began his career as a lecturer in welding fabrication in the college in 1977. He held this position for 23 years, when he decided to move on to guidance and counselling.

“I moved into counselling because people interest me, and they still do. There are many barriers to education that need to be addressed before any student can get the most of their education. My role as employability manager allows me to do this,” he said.

Paul Sherrington, principal of Banff and Buchan College, said: “I would like to thank everyone for the significant contribution they have made and will continue to make to the college in the years ahead. There are not many workplaces today that can celebrate this level of achievement.”