Barnet confirms new chief exec

BARNET Council has formally appointed John Hooton as its new chief executive.

A meeting of the full council unanimously agreed to the appointment last night.

Hooton has been the London borough's interim chief executive since May 2016. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer and deputy finance director.

He joined Barnet in 2010, having previously been assistant director of finance at the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the government and public sector division.

Council leader Richard Cornelius said: "Having worked with us for over six years and as interim chief executive for the last nine months, John understands the complexities, challenges and opportunities in Barnet, which I am confident will be a real strength in this role. John has also been integral to the council successfully meeting its financial challenges, and this will continue to be a key focus.

"As we look to the future, it is important we manage our growth responsibly and support our regeneration by investing in our schools, roads, community and leisure centres. This growth will provide opportunities for residents, businesses and the council, and it is our role to make sure everyone can benefit, while protecting what people enjoy most about Barnet."

Hooton said: "I'm delighted to have been appointed as chief executive and it has been a privilege to have done this job on an interim basis for the last nine months. Barnet is a fascinating and diverse place and I'm looking forward to continuing to work with our councillors, staff and local partners to ensure that public services in Barnet are of highest possible quality for residents and businesses."