Sanchia Alasia, Divas of Colour 2024 Influential Woman of the Year

Sanchia Alasia is a multi-award-winning specialist in equality diversity and human resources with over 15 years’ experience of working in this field across the public sector. She has worked tirelessly to help move organisations towards creating cultures where staff feel supported, appreciated, and respected. She currently works as the Head of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at London South Bank University (LSBU) and is the Managing Director of Sanchia Consulting Ltd.

For over 15 years Sanchia has made EDI the priority of her career and has been recognised through many awards and accolades. In her current role at LSBU she has led the organisation to being highly commended for the Company of the Year award at the British Diversity Awards. She won a personal award at the same prestigious event and was highly commended as HR champion of the year in 2023.

Her professional activities positively and directly influence over 2,000 employees and 20,000 students. What Sanchia does so adeptly is utilise her professional work as a platform for spreading messages and practices about EDI to an even wider community. She has written and published numerous articles and has been at the heart of debates, and engagement activities.

She firmly believes that in order to shape our future, we must acknowledge our past. She ensured that LSBU commemorated Windrush Day, in honour of the ‘Windrush generation’ who arrived from the Caribbean to play an invaluable role in our country. Never one to become detached from others or let ego lead, she is passionate about enabling people to develop in their careers. One employee at Endometriosis UK was able to gain employment specifically within the EDI field as a direct result of her shadowing and mentoring support.

This is the force for change she is – generous, professional and enabling. There are further examples of her mentoring and support throughout her paid and unpaid roles. Sanchia views her role as integral to fostering robust and enduring workplace commitments to equality.

She firmly believes that workplaces can actively contribute to dismantling the systemic forces that sustain inequality and prejudice. In a climate where intolerance and hate crimes against minorities are on the rise, her determination to champion diversity and inclusion remains resolute.