Our Mayor

The Mayor is the borough’s first citizen.

Within the borough, the Mayor takes precedence over everyone apart from the Sovereign or the Sovereign’s official representative, the Deputy Lieutenant.

The Mayor is elected each year by the councillors and must be a serving councillor, although the role of the Mayor is non-political.

The Mayor attends over 350 engagements during the year, performing civic duties as well as supporting various organisations and charities.

At most events the Mayor will wear the chain or badge and only wears the robes at major civic occasions.

The Mayor’s Office:

  • deals with all invitations and charity events
  • co-ordinates and organises civic functions

The Mayor's Office

Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU

020 8227 5903

Young Mayor

The first Young Mayor of Barking and Dagenham was elected by the BAD youth Forum in February 2015.

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The current Mayor is Councillor Sanchia Alasia

Councillor Sanchia Alasia was born in the town of Cambridge in the district of St James in Jamaica in 1980.

Her mother brought her to London when she was three months old and she has lived in London ever since.

She moved to Dagenham in 2007 after being attracted by the many green spaces the borough has to offer.

Councillor Sanchia Alasia is an award winning human resource and diversity specialist.

She has worked in HR for over 10 years in various public sector organisations.

Councillor Sanchia Alasia currently works at Brunel University London as their Equality and Diversity Manager.

She was elected as a Councillor representing Alibon Ward in May 2010.

Since then, she has supported and represented residents on various issues relating to healthcare, schools, planning applications and individual personal cases.

Councillor Alasia has also served as deputy chair and chair of the health scrutiny committee and chair of the planning committee.

She currently serves as a governor at the Richard Alibon primary school.

During her year as Mayor, Councillor Alasia has pledged to serve the whole of Barking and Dagenham in a way that values and celebrates its diverse cultural communities.

She hopes to encourage young people to take an interest in health-related issues.

Ensuring residents from all walks of life to engage with and contribute to the life of the borough.

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This enamelled links on the chain symbolise, from left to right:

  • the Wangey family — Wangey House stood at Chadwell Heath and was demolished to make way for the widening of Chadwell Heath Station
  • the Merttins of Valence — John Henry Merttins resided at Valence House until his death in 1776 and was buried in a family vault at Dagenham
  • the River Thames with the Lucy family — the blue and white lines represent the Thames at Dagenham Breach, the fish represents the Lucy family
  • Henshawe of Valence — in 1616 Nathanael Henshawe held Valence.
  • Osborne of Parsloes (centre link) — Edward Osborne acquired Parsloes in 1583, when he was Lord Mayor of London
  • Valence House — the earliest tenant of whom we have a record was Marjery de Moese, sometime wife of Thomas Weylond, who sub-let the manor to Agnes de Valence about the end of the 13th century
  • the Fairlop Oak
  • Valence coat of arms

Chain of Office

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The Pennu charity promotes good health and well being of the elderly in the United Kingdom.

Ensuring the government is made aware of the elderly of the UK good health is being supported.

Registered charity :1168247

Endometriosis UK

Endometriosis can devastate the lives of women and their families.

Endometriosis UK helps women by offering vital support services with a helpline and support groups giving reliable information.

Registered charity: 1035810



AFRUCA is Africans unite against child abuse.

The charity work towards prevention and awareness within African communities giving information, education and offering an advisory service.

To raise the profile of African children in the UK.

Working to changes policies.

Working to support children, young people and families in crisis.

Registered Charity : 1093027

Company limited by guarantee number: 4306536

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The arms were granted in 1965 following the incorporation of the London Borough of Barking.

The description contained in the grant by the College of Heralds is:


Per saltire Gules and Barry wavy of eight argent and azure in chief between two keys in saltire a sword palewise points downwards in base two croziers with Sudarium in Saltire surmounting a lily slipped and leaved and in the flanks a representation of a Barking well smack in full sail to the sinister and a cog wheel all or.


On a wreath argent and azure in front of a demi sun in splendour Or a representation of the Curfew Tower of Barking proper.


On either side a lion or gorged with a collar per pale Sable and Gules holding a torch inflamed. Gold.


Dei Gratia Probemur Rebus – ‘By the grace of God, let us be judged by our deeds’.


The representation of water (for example the wavy blue and white bands) represents the River Thames. The borough is situated on the north bank of the Thames, which plays a considerable part in the industrial life of the district.

The sword and keys represent the patron saints of Peter and Paul (the patron saints of the parish church of Dagenham).

The crossed croziers and the lily stand for the Abbey of Barking (dissolved 1539) of whose manor the parishes of Barking and Dagenham formed a part.

The Barking well smack represents the ancient and important fishing industry at Barking.

The cog wheel signifies the industrial section of the borough.

The Sun is used to denote the progress of the district.

The Curfew Tower (which may still be seen at Barking) was used as a device by the old Urban District Council of Barking.

The lions holding torches were the supporters used to the former Borough of Barking Coat of Arms. They stood for the Cecil and Monteagle families and the torches represent the then 2 chief industries, namely gas and electricity.

Coat of arms

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When we have received your request we will confirm in writing whether the Mayor is able to attend, and send you an engagement form. Please send the completed form back to us as soon as possible.

Request form for the Mayor's attendance

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The Barking and Dagenham Colours is a banner bearing borough’s coat of arms which is carried in parades and other civic events, including Remembrance services in November and as and when requested with the presence of the Mayor.

If your club would like to represent the borough by carrying the Colours

The organisation’s representative will receive the Borough Colours at the Annual Civic Service on 8 July 2018.

This will be held outside the Broadway Theatre after the church service from 11am

You must apply by 11 April 2019 to be considered.

Previous holders include:

  • Royal Naval Association
  • Scouting Groups
  • The Royal British Legion
  • The Dagenham Girl Pipers
  • The Barking and Dagenham Militaire
  • Barking and Dagenham District Scouts
  • Police Cadets

Request to carry the Barking and Dagenham Colours


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The Borough Recognition Award is given to individuals, community groups and organisations within the borough who have shown exceptional qualities and should be recognised for their work in the community.

Nominations can be sent in for any person or group who you believe has made a valued commitment to the people of this Borough.

The Borough Recognition Award is not limited to individuals who have undertaken voluntary work (such as the Sydney Russell Memorial Award). Nominations can be sent in for any person or group who you believe has made a valued commitment to the people of this Borough.

If you know someone who you feel deserves nomination please complete the nomination form.

The selection will be made once a year, and winners of the award will be presented with a signed certificate from the Mayor.

Nomination form for the Borough Recognition Award

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The Sydney Russell Memorial Award was established in 1988 in recognition of the outstanding contribution made by the late Sydney John Russell to community service in the borough.

Each year local organisations and individuals are invited to submit nominations for the Award.

The recipient will be a local person who has shown outstanding service in the voluntary sector within the borough for 10 years or more.

Make a nomination

If you are aware of any such persons and would wish to nominate them for the Award, please use our online form.

If you would like us to send you a form, please contact:

Julie Wilkes

Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU

020 8227 2116

The Award will be presented by the Mayor in the Mayor’s Parlour at Barking Town Hall on a date to be confirmed.

Nomination form for the Sydney Russell Memorial Award

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