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The Mayor of Barnet

Councillor Alison Moore is the Mayor of the London Borough of Barnet

Alison Moore was born in Cheadle Hulme in Cheshire and grew up there, in Solihull in the West Midlands and Fawley in Hampshire.

After her A Levels, Alison spent a year doing voluntary work in London as part of a Community Service Volunteers (CSV) project before studying for a degree in Biochemistry at the University of Leeds, and a PhD at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in London.

She then lived in Minneapolis USA for three years, working as a scientific research associate at the University of Minnesota, before returning to London to live in south London and to take up a research post with the Institute of Zoology, the research arm of the Zoological Society, in 1987 and continuing in active research until 2002. During her time at the Institute of Zoology she lectured periodically at UCL, Kings and St George’s Medical School and also served on the Zoological Society’s Ethics committee and for a number of years as Graduate Tutor there.

Alison moved first to Whetstone and then in 1990 settled in Finchley, where she became increasingly involved in her local community. She was first elected to Barnet Council in 1998 and has served as a councillor for East Finchley ward since then. In her first term she was first Vice Chair and then Cabinet Member for Education and Children and Chaired the first Finchley and Golders Green Area Environment Committee.

During her time as a councillor she has served on a wide range of council committees, including the Policy and Resources, Pensions, Audit and the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committees, and was Deputy Leader (2003-2005) and Leader (2005-2015) of the Opposition. In 2010 Alison stood, unsuccessfully, as a Parliamentary Candidate and served for a year (2020-2021) as a London Wide Member on the London Assembly, Chairing the Transport Committee during the first year of the pandemic. She is currently Chair of Barnet’s Health and Wellbeing Board and Vice Chair of the Constitution and General Purposes Committee.

In addition to her roles within the council, Alison plays an active role within the community. She has been a school governor for over 25 years and currently serves on two local Primary school governing bodies as well as having previously served terms on a Secondary and a Special School and Chaired the Advisory Board of a local Children’s Centre. She is trustee of the East Finchley Community Trust; of Barnwood N2, a small charity which is developing a community woodland garden in East Finchley; is part of the new East Finchley Town Team and has been involved in organising the annual summer East Finchley Festival for many years.

Alison is married with four adult step-daughters and in her spare time enjoys walking, cooking for friends and reading.

As Mayor, Alison is looking forward to visiting and meeting groups and organisations across our diverse Borough. She has chosen Homeless Action in Barnet (HAB), the Barnet Food Hub and the Space2Grow Children and Young Peoples Fund as her Mayoral Charities for this year and is keen to actively involve young people during her Mayoral year. Alison has named friend and former councillor colleague Helen Gordon as her Mayoress for the Municipal year.