Joyce Bacchus MBE, former Mayor of Brent dies

21 May 2019

Tributes have been paid to the former Mayor of Brent, Joyce Bacchus MBE, who has passed away.

The former Mayor of Brent who had been in ill-health for some time, passed away at Northwick Park Hospital. Flags are flying at half-mast today at Brent Civic Centre.

Born in Guyana, she moved to England and started her career as a fashion model, before moving into a number of nursing roles and then into a career in the civil service.

A long-serving active member of the community, Mrs Bacchus was a magistrate, school governor and a Brent councillor - serving twenty out of twenty-four years between 1990 and 2014 for Roundwood and Tokyngton wards.

She was honoured with an MBE in the 2000 New Year's Honours list for services to community relations in Brent and served as the borough's first citizen and Mayor between 2000 and 2001.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of the Council, said:

"Joyce was an exceptional person and an outstanding servant to the people of Brent.

She was highly regarded across the political spectrum and made serving our community, in her role as a councillor, magistrate and school governor her life's work, for which it was only right she was honoured with an MBE. I was proud to work with her in Tokyngton ward.

Our thoughts are with her family at this very difficult time."

Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi, the current Mayor of Brent, added:

"It was with great sadness that we received the news of Joyce's death this morning.

"Joyce set a wonderful example not only for her successors as Mayor, but also for all of us in her dedication to public service and the many ways in which one person can make a difference.

"She will be sorely missed by everyone at the council and the communities she so tirelessly represented."