Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
Born and brought up in Bristol, living in St Paul’s, Lawrence Weston and Easton, Marvin graduated from Swansea and Eastern University (USA).
Started his career working for faith based youth charities led him to set up his own enterprise in 2012. The City Leadership Programme invests in the personal development, leadership skills and life planning of high ability, high aspiration young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
His lifelong passion for speaking up for those whose voices are not heard, led Marvin to journalism - Beginning with roles at the BBC as a broadcast journalist.
After leaving the BBC studio to pursue other opportunities, Marvin started working with the NHS in 2008 managing the Delivering Race Equality in Mental Healthcare action plan for Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. He then progressed to planning and supporting the development of strategic collaborations between city and regional partners and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust.
Marvin joined the Labour Party’s Future Candidates Programme in 2011, learning from recognised leaders the skills and qualities necessary to be a strong and committed representative.
In his private life, Marvin is married to Kirsten, a Pilates instructor, and has 3 children; a daughter Eden and two boys, Caleb and Levi.
His priorities are to tackle Bristol’s housing crisis by building more homes, freeing up spare land for development and protecting private tenants by encouraging them to signing up to a charter for ethical lettings. He also plans to tackle issues surrounding transport, the environment, health and well-being, social immobility and the economy, education and skills.