A CULTURE of honesty, integrity and openness is the legacy that Scottish Borders Council’s outgoing chief executive hopes to have left behind.
Council employees and elected members gathered at Eildon Mill in Tweedbank, Galashiels to bid farewell to former chief executive David Hume, who retired on August 15, this year.
SBC’s convener Alasdair Hutton hosted the event and said: “When David Hume joined the council its reputation had slipped but under his leadership, people began to believe in themselves and prove how good they were by going out and winning national and international awards. Scottish Borders Council began to be talked about as a dynamic, innovative place which led Scottish local government in important areas of public service.
“David was tireless in the time and effort he gave to this council. He turned up everywhere and was an indefatigable ambassador in his efforts to make sure that people understood how much progress the council had made.
“We owe David a far greater debt than most people realise and I have absolutely no doubt that Scottish Borders Council would not occupy the place it holds today if it had not been for his vision and energy.”
Alasdair then presented David with a statuette of a mounted Border Reiver - the well-known symbol of Scottish Borders Council - to commemorate his nine years at the council .
He said: “This can only be a meagre token of our thanks but it comes with our eternal gratitude for making SBC the strong and respected council it is today.”
David Hume then addressed colleagues: “The last 30 years has shown me that local government can transform peoples’ lives, communities and places. During my time at Scottish Borders Council, I have worked with fantastic colleagues.
“This has taught me that organisations flourish when there is a culture of honesty, integrity and openness.
“Local government will continue to flourish if it holds to these principles, and stays firmly in the control of local people and communities.”
Andrew Lowe, director of social work also spoke at the event: “David made a huge contribution to Scottish Borders Council and inspired many managers to be the best they could be for Borderers and to represent the best of the Borders whenever they travelled.
“Social work will always appreciate the contribution he made to the restoration of our good name.”