Ms Hooton worked in five secondary schools as a teacher, middle and senior leader, and a Board member. She was appointed as Director of CCDU Education Training and Consultancy within the University of Leeds. Ms Hooton was a director of Stockton on Tees Education Action Zone, a collaboration of 18 cross phase schools.
She was a national team member of the Development of National Professional Qualifications for Headship (NPQH), Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW) and chair of three IEBs for other authorities. Ms Hooton does ongoing current work in leadership development.
Her Interests include travel, gardening and experimental vegetable growing and the theatre.