The Hon. Santia Josette Omara Bradshaw, MP
Cabinet Minister, Barbados
Santia Josette Omara Bradshaw is a Babadian politician and a current Cabinet Minister.
In October 2008, Santia Bradshaw was put forward as the Barbados Labour Party candidate for the St. Michael South East constituency.
Before being introduced as the BLP representative Santia reflected, “Who would have thought that the little girl at her father’s heel in the St. Michael South East constituency would now be the candidate presented for that same seat some thirty-three years later?”
Early life and education
Santia Josette Omara Bradshaw, the second child of Delisle and Shirley Bradshaw was born on 13 March 1976, the same year her father won his seat. It goes without saying then that Santia has politics flowing through her veins and according to her she is “ready to work with the people”.
With a penchant for justice, Santia, a former Christ Church Foundation School student, went to the United Kingdom and trained as a barrister-at-law. In 2000, she returned to Barbados to begin her legal career in chambers with two of Barbados’ most distinguished Queen Counsel’s Patterson Cheltenham and Dr. Richard Chelthenham.
Santia has since developed a successful civil practice in personal injury law, mortgages, conveyances, company law and entertainment law. So passionate about being involved in the development of the legal fraternity in Barbados that between 2006 and 2008, she held the position of Honorary Secretary of the Barbados Bar Association.
This vibrant young woman is also an accomplished entrepreneur. With a blossoming interest in entertainment law and recognising a need for a more structured approach to the music industry, Santia started Pyramid Entertainment Management Inc. an artist representation and booking agency. Her company currently represents some of the leading entertainers and deejays in Barbados and across the region.
Always on the look out for new and exciting opportunities, Santia also operates a music content label, Pyramid Music Group, which produces music videos, licences and distributes music content additionally she will soon be launching a television series, Pyramid TV. Santia is the co-owner of Headline Publishing, a music publishing company which publishes the music of several leading Caribbean songwriters. She recently relaunched Braddie’s Bar, a family owned business and restaurant located in Dover Christ Church which offers a once a week opportunity for emerging talent to be showcased.
Santia has been heavily involved in the development of the cultural industries in an advisory capacity and has often been engaged by Government institutions to advise on culture and cultural policy. She has organized and hosted several music seminars and workshops focused on artist development and the business of music including the Bridging the Music Seminar (2004) and the Barbados Music Seminar and Showcase (2007).
Resolute in her mission, Santia embraces her new role as constituency representative and balances public service with her life as an attorney and entrepreneur.
On the 9 November, 2010 Santia was appointed by the Leader of the Opposition to the Barbados Senate.
Santia was elected to the Barbados House of Assembly in the 21 February 2013 General Election.
She retained her seat in the 24 May 2018 election and was appointed Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training and Leader of Government Business in the House in the Mia Mottley Administratio.