London Borough of Barnet

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Hugh Rayner Mayor

Councillor Hugh Rayner has become the 50th Mayor of Barnet after being sworn into office during the annual meeting of full council at Hendon Town Hall on 2nd June 2014. Councillor Rayner’s wife Susan is his Mayoress and Councillor David Longstaff his Deputy Mayor.

Councillor Rayner has represented Hale Ward since being elected to Barnet Council in 2006.

He grew up in Lincoln, before joining the Royal Air Force in 1971. He served for 17 years in the RAF and retired with the rank of Squadron Leader, having spent many years based at RAF Hendon.

Councillor Rayner has served on a number of council committees including planning and overview & scrutiny and is the representative Councillor on the Greater London Reserve Forces and Cadets Association. He has a keen interest in military matters in general and in the maintenance of the borough’s war memorials in particular. He is also the president of the Royal Air Force Association, Hendon & District Branch.

During his mayoral year the Councillor Rayner has chosen to support the Barnet Association for the Blind and the RAF Museum in Hendon.

The new Mayor said: “Being Mayor of Barnet is a tremendous honour and I am very much looking forward to meeting lots of Barnet residents during what I am sure will be a very busy year. As a retired RAF officer I am particularly looking forward to this year’s World War One commemorations, as well as visiting many of the organisations which make Barnet such a diverse and interesting place.”