Cllr Sade Bright.
Former Civic Mayor of Hackney
LBBD Cabinet Member for Employment,Skills and Aspiration.
Councillor Sade Bright is Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills, and Aspiration in Barking and Dagenham, working closely with businesses, schools and colleges, higher education providers, charities, and community groups in this role.
Previously Councillor Bright was the very first Cabinet Member for Equalities and Cohesion where she developed important borough events such as Women’s Empowerment Month and Black History Month, implemented the borough’s Gender Equality Charter, and worked with faith organizations and community groups across the borough to promote inclusiveness and diversity. Cllr Bright was first elected to represent Chadwell Heath Ward in 2014 and was re-elected in 2017. She is a trustee of many local organizations in Barking and Dagenham and school governor in two schools.
Councillor Bright was previously a councilor in Hackney, where she became Civic Mayor in 2006-2007, making her the first African and certainly first Nigerian to occupy the position. She was also Chair of Hackney Labour Group and Director of Hackney Homes. She was Honorary President of Age Concern UK. She is a member of the prestigious London Mayor’s and London Labour Mayor’s Associations.
A Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Cllr Bright holds an LLB (Hons) and Masters in Employment and Human Resources Management. She worked in a local authority for over 18 years in various senior management roles before leaving to start an Education/HR consultancy, Bright Futurez with her husband Pastor Gbolahan Bright MBE. Cllr Bright is a co-Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God – The Master’s Sanctuary and a sought-after speaker at corporate and church conferences and events. She is the Founder and President of The Sapphirez women’s organization and The Pennu Charity for older people. She supports and fundraises for many nominated charities including Age Concern UK, St Joseph’s Hospice Hackney, Richards House Children’s Charity, and The Bright Free Maths Project. She founded Extraordinaire, a project geared to mentoring young women and girls through her Political and Leadership Mentoring Academy, training and empowering young people to take up leadership roles in the community. There are currently over 100 young people benefitting from this project.
She holds a phenomenal number of awards both in the UK and abroad and was voted as “Councillor of The Year 2006” at the Gathering of Africa’s Best – GAP Awards UK. In 2017 Councillor Bright was shortlisted for Diversity Champion Award for Public Sector in the Excellence in Diversity Awards 2017. Cllr Sade Bright is an award-winning author of a book entitled, ‘Dream Big: Stretch Your Boundaries’. Cllr Bright is as well an author of 'The Beauty of Marriage' and 'The Power of Unceasing Prayer'.