Sade Banks

Founder and Chief Executive

Sade Banks is an award-winning social entrepreneur and creative producer who specialises in nurturing diverse talent, partnership development and community engagement. She started her career as an apprentice at the Bush Theatre and has since then worked for The Lyric Hammersmith, Ogilvy & Mather and the Barbican Centre.

Throughout her career, Sade has used her life experiences to inspire positive action and has consistently worked to create inclusive cultural spaces. As a consultant, Sade has designed and led leadership interventions and training initiatives with Somerset House, The Science Gallery, Red Bull Amaphiko and UnLtd. Her passion for proper representation and inclusive education has led her to deliver speeches at the House of Commons, City Hall and at The Southbank Centre.

Sade is a 2019/20 Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow, a Friend of Red Bull Amaphiko and currently serves on the board of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. She has previously served as a trustee for the Tri-Borough Alternative Provision Trust (which includes a PRU she attended as a young person) and was the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at UnLtd from 2017-19. Sade is a founding member of the Centrepoint Youth Parliament.

Sade has been recognised by Natwest WISE100 as a ‘Leading Woman in Social Business’, a Campaign Magazine Diversity Trailblazer and in 2015, she received an award from Prince William for ‘Turning Her Life Around’.