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Biography of the Lord Mayor of Nottingham
The Lord Mayor of Nottingham is Councillor Merlita Bryan, who is the first black woman to hold this prestigious office.
Merlita Bryan was born in the parish of Saint Thomas, Jamaica in 1951 and came to join her parents in Nottingham in 1962 at the age of 11.
On leaving school Merlita embarked on a life in manufacturing, making everything from women’s clothes for Marks and Spencer to children’s typewriters for Petite Toys. She also gained a diploma in hairdressing from a local beauty school and studied women’s fashion at Clarendon College.
In 1986 Merlita began working at a local bakery and joined the Baker’s Union and discovered a passion for fighting for fairness in the workplace. She was soon elected as a shop steward and rose through the ranks of the union becoming Chair of the District Branch and a delegate to both the East Midlands Labour Party and the National Policy Forum. She also served as an Executive Council member on the Union’s Management Board.
In 2001, Merlita moved from her job on the shop floor into a full time union post as the District Secretary for Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.
In 2007 Merlita was elected as a City Councillor representing the Arboretum Ward, a move that Merlita felt was a natural progression from her work as a union rep.
Merlita first became a civic in 2012 when she served as Sheriff of Nottingham.
The Lady Mayoress this year is Merlita’s daughter Sharon.
The Lord Mayor has chosen three charities to support throughout her civic year: The Air Ambulance; the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation (for children with Gastroschisis) and OSCAR Nottingham (Sickle Cell Anaemia).