The head of service for Angus Citizens’ Advice Bureaux, Mr George F. Allan, who has retired was guest of honour at a reception on Friday.
He has held the post for the past 15 years and was honoured by colleagues and friends.
Over 70 guests, including representatives from Angus Council, Citizens’ Advice Scotland, and the three Angus Citizens’ Advice Bureaux gathered at Forbes of Kingennie restaurant.
An ornamental, inscribed quaich and a cheque were handed over by the past and present chairs of Angus CAB, Dr Donald McNeil and Mr Ian Robertson.
Mr Robertson said it was only when you looked at the statistics you realised how much Mr Allan had achieved since he started over 15 years ago with Angus CAB. For example, the last financial year saw CAB’s highest income ever, over £330,000, which, even taking into account inflation, was a considerable advance on earlier years when income was under £100,000.
Inquiries from clients continued at the rate of over 10,000 per year.
There has also been technical and legislative changes directly affecting CAB services, as well as improvement in the accommodation: a new office altogether in Forfar and a revamping of the Arbroath and Montrose offices. Mr Allan had also been instrumental in joint partnership working with other organisations.
Mr Robertson stated that Angus CAB had also changed from being a company limited by guarantee as well as a charity to a Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation, a single format.
He concluded: “George’s life for the past 15 years has been one of coping successfully with all this change and he has demonstrated tremendous stamina, skills and perseverance in so doing.”
Mr Allan has been succeeded by Janice Fullerton and Cathy Anderson who took over as joint heads of service on Monday.