Andy Macdonald, a Project Manager in the Education Client Services Team, is taking voluntary redundancy and looking forward to new work and volunteering opportunities.
After initially starting work with the Council's Architectural Dept. in 1976 Andy moved to Education in 1981.
Many headteachers will know Andy from his work on building projects ranging from complete new build schools, extensions and refurbishments to smaller school projects and as a source of advice in buildings queries.
Andy looks back on his time from 2001 to 2005, when he was seconded to work alongside Bovis (the Private Sector Partner) and EC Harris (Financial/Project Management Consultants) to deliver the Schools Reorganisation Programme as a particularly enjoyable
He’s represented the LEA on many occasions at Planning Committees and other council Committees, Public Neighbourhood Forums and school Governing Body meetings.
Those who know him will recognise that he’s passionate about doing a good job and communicating at all levels to build working relationships.
Andy says that “in the main I’ve enjoyed good times working for the LEA as well as some frustrations!
"I’ve always tried to be honest, reliable and work in a professional manner.
"In some small way I hope that I’ve contributed to providing inspirational learning environments, for teachers and the young people of the Bradford District, thus contributing to raising standards.
"During my time working for the LEA I’ve come across some very good people in the District's schools.
"And by that I don’t just mean teachers but also our young people who all have potential which just needs the right environment to flourish.
"I’m not retiring. My best years are still ahead of me, honest!”
Andy’s not having a “leaving do” as such but says he’ll be planning a get-together and drinks nearer the summer break.