London Borough of Barnet

Barnet Council announces death of former Leader Councillor Lynne Hillan

Published Thursday 5 April 2012

The Worshipful the Mayor Barnet, Councillor Lisa Rutter, announced today that Councillor Lynne Hillan passed away last night after a battle with cancer.

Cllr Hillan was Leader of the council from December 2009 until May 2011 and Brunswick Park ward member for 14 years. She was the first female Leader of Barnet Council.

During her time as a councillor she held the Cabinet portfolios for Leisure and Youth, Children and Education, Policy and Performance, Adult Social Services and Resources.

The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Lisa Rutter, wrote to councillors earlier today. Her statement read: “It is with deep regret that I write to inform you of the death of Councillor Lynne Hillan, former Leader of the Council and my ward colleague.

“Lynne has passed away after a long and brave battle with cancer. She was of course the first woman Leader of Barnet Council.

"I do not have details of the funeral arrangements at present but will forward them on to you as soon as possible.

"As a mark of respect we will be flying the borough flag at half mast.

"Her passing will be a great loss to the council and the borough and I am sure you will join me in passing on my thoughts and condolences to Lynne’s family at this sad time.”

Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said:  “Lynne had been ill for some time but fought her illness bravely and remained alert until the last moment.

“Lynne will be missed by me as a person with whom I could always have a frank discussion and arrive at a sensible solution.  Her sage advice was always of value to me.

“Her commitment to her colleagues, the council and people of Barnet will long be remembered.  She always put herself in the position of the resident whose life was being affected by any proposed change and the taxpayer who was picking up the bill.

“I will remember her as a very determined lady.”

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