Marvin Rees

Marvin Rees

Job title: Mayor of Bristol


Marvin Rees was elected mayor in May 2016. He began his working life with Tearfund, one of the UK’s leading international development agencies. He went on to spend time working in the US with Sojourners, a Washington D.C. based social justice organisation, and President Clinton’s advisor Rev Dr Tony Campolo. On returning to the UK he worked with BBC Bristol as a Broadcast Journalist, with the Black Development Agency supporting the BME-led voluntary sector and NHS Bristol’s Public Health team on Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health. During the same period, he completed his first Master’s in Political Theory and Government, and a second in Global Economic Development. He also had a number of public appointments including the National Community Forum, became a Yale World Fellow and co-founded the City Leadership Programme. Marvin has declared Bristol a City of Hope, built on ambition, inclusion and social justice. During his first term in office he has overseen the building of over 8,000 homes, announced the development of a mass transit system and provided quality work experiences for over 3,500 children who wouldn’t readily have access. Bringing fairness to the city council, he has achieved accredited Living Wage Employer status, and introduced Ban the Box. He led the successful bid to bring Channel 4 to Bristol and is leading the city’s response to both the climate and ecological emergencies. Building a compassionate city, he has kept all children’s centres and libraries open and led city-wide campaigns on period poverty and child hunger.


Keynote: Unlocking the potential of tech and green reskilling to eradicate regional inequality 2:20 pm

day: 20 October 2020