Sanchia was born in Jamaica and grew up in Newham, east London. Both her parents worked in the public sector, her mum is a teacher and her dad was a train driver. Sanchia has a BSc in politics and sociology and an MSc in politics, policy and government.
Sanchia is an award winning diversity and human resource specialist and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). Sanchia has worked on equality and diversity issues in a number of public sector organisations. She led the mature students section within the National Union of students, Black students campaign. She sat on the women’s staff network committee and co-chaired the Black staff network group at Transport for London. Whilst studying for her master’s degree she was elected as the race equality officer at the University of London Union. Professionally her roles include diversity officer at Queen Mary University and Equality and Diversity lead within the NHS. She currently provides expert diversity advice to Brunel University as their equality and diversity manager. Working in all these roles has given Sanchia a strong understanding of equality and employment law as well as developing initiatives to improve workforce representation.
Due to her expertise, Sanchia was asked to write a chapter for the book ‘equality, inequalities and diversity ‘published by Palgrave Macmillan and co-wrote a chapter about the resources and constraints of diversity and equality officers. Sanchia is a well sought after speaker and has spoken at the World Diversity leadership summit and the European Diversity Business Congress over the last couple of years. Sanchia was selected as one of the 35 delegates to the Women in Public Service project out of the initial 170 applicants, which took place in Paris in October 2012. The theme of the project was global health, particularly relevant as she chairs the health scrutiny committee at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. In this role she has led a review of the quality and safety of maternity services at Queens’s hospital in Romford and is currently leading on an in-depth scrutiny review of services and support for diabetics in Barking and Dagenham.
Sanchia has always been an active individual, having been a student governor at her last university and was elected to become the first Black vice president in her students union. As well as being an active member of the Labour party, Sanchia is also an active member of the Fabian Society, Co-op Party, Christian Socialist Movement, BAME Labour and her trade union, UNISON. Sanchia has completed internships with Sadiq Khan and Diane Abbott and now brings that experience to help and to work closely with local residents in Alibon ward, resolving their issues with long lasting solutions. Sanchia was elected as a Labour party councillor in Barking for Alibon ward in May 2010, where she defeated the London regional coordinator of the BNP, Robert Bailey, who was the sitting councillor at the time, to become the youngest woman on the council and with her ward colleagues Darren Rodwell and John Davis, achieved over a 7% Labour swing as the council candidate in the 2010 local elections by reaching out to wider community.. Sanchia currently serves the borough as a school governor in a local primary school within her ward.
Sanchia was shortlisted to the final three for International politician of the year for the inaugural Google European Diversity Awards in 2011. She was long listed to the final ten for the Women in the city awards this year and is currently shortlisted to the final three for the women in public service category in the Precious awards due to take place in late November 2012. www.preciousawards.com
She was given a community leadership award for the work she tirelessly does in her local community, at the good neighbourhood awards ceremony which took place in Barking in December 2012. She was shortlisted for young councillor of the year in the Local Government Information Unit, annual councillor 2013 achievement awards. http://www.lgiu.org.uk/2013/01/28/lgiu-and-ccla-cllr-achievement-awards-2013-shortlisted-candidates
Sanchia won local government personality of the year at the Dods women in public life awards. She was also a winner at the Grassroots Diplomats awards in the policy driver category for her work in equality and diversity. Sanchia won the Christian woman in politics award in March 2018 from the Wise Woman Awards.
Sanchia was elected by her fellow councillors to serve as Mayor of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham from May 2018 to May 2019.
Sanchia loves cooking and singing.