One of the women hailed for getting Edinburgh’s trams project back on track is being made a Dame at the end of an award-filled year.
Edinburgh City Council chief executive Sue Bruce said the honour came out of the blue.
It comes in a year when she was named the best city leader in the UK at a London awards ceremony for helping to boost the capital’s economy.
Earlier, in October, she and city transport leader Lesley Hinds picked up a gong at the Light Rail Awards for the “strong leadership” they demonstrated in “turning around” the much-publicised tram project, bringing it in on its revised timetable and revised budget following a mediation process in 2011.
Reflecting on her latest honour, Ms Bruce said: “This honour is something that I never expected to receive and, as a lifelong public servant, it is a tremendous privilege to be recognised in this way.
“From my first job as a youth and community worker for Strathclyde Regional Council back in 1976, I have been hugely proud to dedicate myself to local government and am now in my 39th year of public service.
“Serving as chief executive of the City of Edinburgh Council, particularly during such a challenging and exciting time for the capital, has undoubtedly been the pinnacle of my career.
“Of course, I couldn’t have got as far as I have without the support of the people around me and this honour is as much for them as it is for me.”
Ms Bruce is responsible for carrying out the council’s agreed policies and for overall operational management of its 18,000 employees and just under £1 billion budget.
She also acts as a returning or counting officer in local, Scottish, UK and European elections and referendums.
She was previously chief executive at both Aberdeen City Council and East Dunbartonshire Council before taking up the same post in Edinburgh in January 2011.
Last month, she received an honorary degree from the city’s Heriot Watt University in recognition of her distinguished record of public service to Scotland.