Honour for ex-council official

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A FORMER Aberdeenshire Council official has been recognised for his 38 years of public service at a national awards ceremony.

Ian Gabriel, former Director of Infrastructure Services, 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 Mr Gabriel was in charge.

Colin MacKenzie, council chief executive, said: “Iain was a Director at Aberdeenshire Council for 16 years, a significant part of the many years he spent as a public servant.

“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, Mr Gabriel had been 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.

“During his time at the council, Iain and his teams were rightly awarded many accolades for their work. He has played a very significant role in the economic development of the local area in addition to pushing forward plans for the Western Peripheral Route.”

Mr Gabriel is widely regarded as being an important figure in the development of transport locally but he has also contributed towards transport at a national level in Scotland throughout his career.

He led the development of part time 20mph limits outside schools and worked with Scottish Government on major transport projects and strategies.

Mr Gabriel is a past Chair of the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS) and was a COSLA Advisor on Roads and Transport. He was educated at Inverurie Academy and Aberdeen University where he graduated in Civil Engineering.