Former director honoured

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FORMER director of infrastructure services at Aberdeenshire Council, Iain Gabriel, has been recognised for his 38 years of public service at a national awards ceremony.

Mr Gabriel was presented with a Lifetime Contribution to Transport Award at the recent Scottish Transport Awards in Glasgow.

Aberdeenshire Council was named Scottish Transport Authority of the Year at the same ceremony, which the council had previously won twice while Iain was in charge.

“Iain was a director at Aberdeenshire Council for 16 years, a significant part of the many years he spent as a public servant,” said Colin MacKenzie, chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council. Mr MacKenzie added: “In leading his directorate at Aberdeenshire since 1995 he ensured we impressed locally, nationally and internationally.

“Our innovative approach to rural transport, road safety and sustaining the road network through hugely effective approaches to road and winter maintenance is largely down to his leadership and he thoroughly deserves this award.”

Prior to him leaving the council last year, Iain’s career had led him to be a key figure in transport in Scotland, with most of his time spent serving people in the North East.

Provost of Aberdeenshire Council, Councillor Jill Webster said: “I would like to add my congratulations to Iain, who thoroughly deserves this award.”