A diversity manager in the NHS by profession Sanchia was among 21 new recruits from the diverse British minority ethnic community, who was enlisted in 2006 as a Parliamentary Ambassador by Operation Black Vote (OBV) in conjunction with the British Electoral Commission.

Under the programme, Sanchia shadowed Labour MPs Sadiq Khan MP for Tooting and Diane Abbott MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, to gain an in-depth insight into the inner workings of parliamentary life. This signifies a major milestone of Operation Black Vote (OBV), which aims at engaging more individuals from ethnic groups into the political arena. Following this scheme, Sanchia was successfully elected as a local councilor in Barking and Dagenham in the 2010 local elections.

Sanchia was born in St. James, Jamaica and grew up in London England. As part of her commitment to making a positive contribution to Jamaica, she was selected despite considerable competition to take part in the inaugural Grace Kennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme in 2004. The Grace Kennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme is an all expenses paid cultural and professional internship geared at highlighting all aspects of Jamaican life, while furthering the career goals of the participants. It is designed to give the successful candidates a well-rounded Jamaican experience.

Sanchia is actively engaged in a number of external duties:

  • Equality & Diversity Forum – Appointments Commission (2010-present)
  • Education appeal panel member, London Borough of Newham (2010-present)
  • Trustee Board of Birkbeck College students union (2009-present)
  • Newham Independent advisory group to the Metropolitan Police (2007-present)
  • British Transport Police – Independent advisory network member (2006-present)

Sanchia holds a Diploma in Business Administration, a BSc in Politics and Sociology from Brunel University and an MSc in Politics, Policy and Government from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her philosophy in life is, “If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again”. In her spare time Sanchia enjoys reading, writing and singing and attends the Mount Zion, Church of God 7th day in Stockwell, South London.