On Tuesday 21 May 2019 Cllr Caroline Stock was inaugurated as the 55th Mayor of the London Borough of Barnet.
Cllr. Caroline Stock was born in Barnet and grew up in Totteridge.
She went to St. Andrew’s Primary School in Totteridge, where her future husband also attended! She studied for a BSc in Human Biology at Kings College, London.
She worked at different hospitals including Chelsea Hospital for Women and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital and went on to obtain a PhD at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. Her doctorate investigated human fertilisation, working in the field of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).
Having lived in Totteridge all her life Caroline became a member of the Totteridge Residents’ Association which works to protect the area for future generations. Caroline became Chairman of the Association and campaigned to prevent overdevelopment of land and building on the Greenbelt.
She currently sits on the Totteridge Manor Association. Caroline became involved with the Neighbourhood Watch, the Barnet Safer Engagement Group and then joined the Community Action Panel (CAP). Taking on the Chair of the CAP, she worked closely with the local police, which allowed her to fight local issues.
As a Governor of Woodridge Primary School in Woodside Park, she learnt important skills in the role as the Special Educational Needs Link. Using her experiences from being a governor, Caroline became a volunteer for the local Home-Start, helping vulnerable families in crisis. For six years Caroline has helped coordinate a homeless winter shelter in collaboration with Together in Barnet and Homeless Action for Barnet.
Caroline was elected onto Barnet Council in 2014 and has taken a special interest in Children and Health. In 2015 Caroline launched the Mayor of Barnet’s Golden Kilometre in response to the rise in childhood obesity. It is a scheme where primary schools are encouraged to run/walk a daily kilometre.
Following on from this she is trying to raise the understanding of Type 2 Diabetes promoting exercise and healthy eating at Diabetic Awareness events. She is continuing this work as Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board and in collaboration with Barnet Public health is launching six Healthy Heritage walks around the Borough.
Working with councillors, residents groups and other organizations such as the London Wildlife Trust Caroline has helped set up the “Darlands Conservation Trust”.
The Darlands is a beautiful stretch of land in the Totteridge Greenbelt that is very close to her heart having played there as a child. It has been neglected over time and the Trust hopes to raise substantial funds over the next few years to try and restore this area.
Having just completed her year as Deputy Mayor of Barnet (2018-2019), Caroline has been privileged to attend engagements and events which have highlighted the wonderful diversity of the Borough. Visiting every corner of Barnet she has met incredible individuals and organisations that are having major impacts on others lives.
Caroline has always been interested in art and in particular sculpture, photography and silverwork and recently undertook a Diploma in Art and Design at the Hampstead Institute. She is married to Richard Stock and they have two children.