The role of the Sheriff in welcoming visitors to the city is often less formal than the Lord Mayor's. This 
is especially relevant to the promotion of Nottingham's historic associations and links with the legends of Robin Hood.
The Sheriff of Nottingham is Councillor Merlita Bryan.

Role

To promote Nottingham as a destination for visitors for short breaks, conferences, business and shopping.
To encourage local residents to use and take part in cultural/ leisure activities opportunities in the city and county.

Background of the Sheriff of Nottingham

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. Merlita’s father worked as a labourer for British Gypsum and her mother worked in catering for much of her life.

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 - now the Baker’s, Food and Allied Workers 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.

Since becoming a councillor Merlita has served as Vice-Chair and Chair of her local area committee, Vice Chair of the Young Nottingham Committee and Vice Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee. She also serves on the board of directors for Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham City Transport, First Enterprise, Nottingham Race Course and local community radio station, Kemet FM.

Merlita was previously the Sheriff of Nottingham in 2012-2013 and The Lord Mayor of Nottingham in 2013-2014.  She is very much looking forward to taking on the role of Sheriff again.

The Sheriff's Lady Consort 

Merlita’s daughter Natasha Bryan, is delighted to be Sheriff’s Lady. This will be Natasha’s second time acting as Sheriff’s Lady and she is looking forward to accompanying her mother again in this role.

Key Tasks

To support the tourism strategy for the city and county by promoting Nottingham as a destination for visitors for short breaks, conferences, business and shopping

To welcome tourists and visitors to the city at various events, including conferences and entertainment/hospitality venues

To encourage local residents to use and take part in cultural/ leisure activities opportunities in the city.

Opening new retail, entertainment or visitor attractions in the city 

More Information

For more information please contact the Civic Office on 0115 841 5554 alternatively email civic.office@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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