County of Brant Council announced the hiring of Alison Newton as their new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.
Newton will begin her new role as CAO on April 3, 2023.
“Ms. Newton has been with the County of Brant for over six years as the General Manager of Strategic Initiatives,” said David Bailey, Mayor for the County of Brant. “Throughout her time at the County, she has demonstrated a strong ability to build and grow her teams, manage a diverse portfolio, and integrate into the community; understanding both the challenges and opportunities that are ahead. On behalf of Council, I would like to thank Ms. Newton for accepting this role and I know we will work very well together on behalf of our great community.”
Newton, as the General Manager of Strategic Initiatives, had a portfolio including Communications, Marketing and Public Relations, Economic Development and Tourism, Special Events and Filming, Arts, Culture and Heritage, and Accessibility and Public Transportation.
Prior to joining the County of Brant, Ms. Newton held positions in both the public and private sector as a Capital Markets Consultant. She has worked in the United Kingdom and Canada throughout her career.
Newton also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University and a Master of Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
“The Chief Administrator Office role is a challenging position and I know Ms. Newton will do well given her experience and the dedicated team of County Council and staff,” said Darryl Lee, Interim Chief Administrative Officer. “I expect a smooth transition for Ms. Newton as she takes the lead on important County issues.”
Newton is also the Past President of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing.
“I am thankful to have the opportunity to serve the community in an expanded role and look forward to working with a passionate and committed Council and excellent workforce,” said CAO Newton. “I would like to thank Mr. Lee for all his work and assistance in helping to make this a smooth transition.”