Jack Newton

Jack Newton

I am a passionate advocate for all young people to have the opportunities necessary to pursue their dreams and ambitions. I am an Executive Headteacher in Barnet and I enjoy playing football and reading in my spare time.

Linda Burbidge

Linda Burbidge

Linda is the Finance Manager for Barnet’s Family Services and the Treasurer of Live Unlimited. Linda has worked in the public sector for many years, mostly in local government but also for a spell in the NHS. She has worked for Barnet Council for almost 14 years. Most of Linda’s career has been spent working in a social care finance environment, both with children and adults.

Linda says she feels privileged to have been asked to be involved with setting up the Live Unlimited charity and is excited about contributing to helping young looked after people.

John Hooton

John Hooton

John is Chief Executive at the London Borough of Barnet. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the government and public sector division, looking after a range of clients in local government, the NHS and the charity sector.

John moved to The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in 2004, initially as a finance manager, moving on to assistant director of finance. He joined Barnet Council in 2010 as deputy finance director, and became Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive in 2015, overseeing finance and support functions, as well as the commercial and transformation, performance, strategy and governance teams. John became Interim Chief Executive in May 2016 and formally appointed as Chief Executive in February 2017.

Katie Harber

Katie Harber

Katie is a detective superintendent in the Met Police and is head of crime and safeguarding for Barnet. Katie has been a police officer since 2003 with previous roles in close protection, public order, the Flying Squad at Finchley and was staff officer to a previous head of the police inspectorate, HMIC. Katie sits on the London Executive of the Police Superintendents Association and is a member of the Association of Senior Women Officers (ASWO). She starts a Masters in Applied Criminology and Police Management at Cambridge in April 2018.

On graduating from Oxford University (Modern History), Katie worked in east London as a key worker to newly resettled homeless people.

Lee Robinson

Lee Robinson

Lee is Commissioning, Strategy and Policy adviser for the London Borough of Barnet. He provides strategic policy development support within Children and Young People and the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee, relevant Governance and Partnership Boards. Part of his role includes leading on and supporting the development of commissioning strategies to achieve the council’s strategic ambitions.

Lee is also a member of a voluntary organisation that mentors young children – helping to guide and inspire school pupils, improving confidence and self-esteem which inevitably has positive effects in their lives elsewhere.

Brett Service

Brett Service

Brett is the care leaver representative on the board of Trustees for Live Unlimited. As a Barnet care leaver himself, Brett understands the positive impact the work of Live Unlimited will have on the young people who access the services offered by the charity.

As well as being a trustee for the charity, Brett is also the Virtual School Apprentice and his role is to support other care experienced young people with their education.

Brett says that it is a privilege to be part of a charity that works to inspire Barnet’s care experienced young people.