Bute Advice Centre chairman retires

Bill McQueen (front) has retired as chairman of Bute Advice Centre. Bill is pictured with the centre's staff, management committee and volunteers at an EGM of the organisation in July 2014.
Bill McQueen (front) has retired as chairman of Bute Advice Centre. Bill is pictured with the centre's staff, management committee and volunteers at an EGM of the organisation in July 2014.

Rothesay resident Bill McQueen retired this week as chairman of the Bute Advice Centre after 12 years of service.

A retirement lunch with past and present members of staff was held earlier this year, although Mr McQueen remained in post until the centre’s AGM, held in Rothesay on Wednesday.

Centre manager Julie Semple said: “Bill began his work at the Centre as a generalist adviser, but after a short time it became apparent that he wanted to specialise in disability issues, so after extensive training he was made lead disability adviser.

“His success was remarkable, helping to bring millions of pounds into the local economy by assisting clients to apply for benefits such as Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and latterly Personal Independence Allowance.

“Bill was also quickly recruited as chairman of Bute Advice Centre. His sensitivity, as a previous Samaritans counsellor, and commanding presence, as a retired Wing-Commander, made him approachable to clients and eloquent when advocating on behalf of clients or Bute Advice Centre.

“As chairman he was in the enviable position of truly understanding the needs of our community as he was working with clients two full days a week for many years, alongside his chairman’s duties, thus helping the management cmmittee guide the focus of Bute Advice Centre, according to issues being raised locally.

“All members of the Bute Advice Centre Management Committee, staff and volunteers would like to thank Bill for all his hard work and efforts and wish him and his wife Jan a very happy retirement.”

Mr McQueen, who is succeeded as the advice centre’s chairman by Charlie Fryars, is also a past chairman of the Bute branch of SSAFA - the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association - and of Bute Community Links, and a former member of Bute Community Council.

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