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Chamberlain Lecture 2021


Cratus recently had the pleasure of hosting the 3rd Chamberlain Lecture.

Following on from Lord Heseltine in 2018 and Lord Kerslake in 2019 – two figures who have played major roles in our public life – this year we invited someone from the current generation of civic leaders, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol.

We first met Marvin just after he was first elected in 2016. In our first encounter we watched him listen to those around him before he shared his thoughts. He is a skilled advocate for his vision of what Bristol should become, clear on how that should be achieved and firm on what he expects of those who want to be part of his vision.

He has brought stakeholders across the city together to debate the big issues of the day and for him and his team to promote their work and of others. His energy and charm makes these gatherings uplifting.

Re-elected last May, Marvin also recently starred in the acclaimed BBC documentary ‘Statue Wars: One Summer in Bristol’. No documentary could better frame the reason why we asked Marvin to give this year’s lecture. He serves his City with the vision, passion and ingenuity that Chamberlain himself showed when he was Mayor of Birmingham.

Compelling viewing, we hope you enjoy this catch up version of the lecture and a must watch Q&A that showcases a true champion of our Local World.

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