Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees was born and brought up in Bristol. He is a Yale World Fellow and graduate of Operation Black Vote who has worked and studied in the UK and the US.
When elected Mayor of Bristol in May 2016, he became the first Mayor of Black African-Caribbean descent of a European City. He lives in Easton with his wife Kirsten, a Wellbeing coach, and their three children.
A former Public Health Worker and voluntary sector manager, Marvin was also a Broadcast Journalist for BBC Radio Bristol and regularly features on BBC Radio 5 Live, UJIMA and Bristol Community FM.
Marvin has pledged to make Bristol a fairer city for all. His priorities are to build more homes, improve transport and health and to progress social mobility through access to education and skills.
He says: "I’m excited to be on this year’s judging panel and look forward to seeing how the new guidelines on smart phones will encourage more people to take part across the city.
"One of the biggest challenges we face in the world right now is division, so for this year’s competition I am interested in seeing images of human connectedness and how we live with each other. How are we together across difference?"