March City Gathering


Fire Alarm

In the case of a fire alarm the Bristol Beacon team will conduct the evacuation and escort everyone to the correct assembly point.


Bristol Beacon has lifts to all floors. Accessible toilet facilities are found on all levels and are signposted in the building. A changing places accessible toilet is available on the Lower Ground Floor of the venue.

Should you have any access requirements, Bristol Beacon ushers and the One City team, who can be identified by the blue One City lanyards, are available to assist.

Regular comfort breaks have also been factored into the agenda.

If you would like to use a quiet space please find a Bristol Beacon usher who can take you to the dedicated space in the venue.


Free wifi is available for all visitors to Bristol Beacon. Please connect to ‘Bristol Beacon WiFi’.


Photographs and filming will take place throughout the event. Should you wish not to be included in any of the photos please speak to a member of staff wearing a blue One City lanyard.

Rules of Engagement

Whilst engaging in discussions, providing feedback and listening to speakers, kindly express your views with consideration. Help us to foster an environment where all opinions are heard and respected, contributing to a positive and enriching event for all.


Let us know your thoughts and provide feedback on the City Gathering here.


09:00 Doors open, registration and networking.

09:30 Event Start

Welcome to the City Gathering – Euella Jackson (Rising Arts Agency) & Paul Hassan (AHC)

Welcome to Bristol Beacon – Louise Mitchell CBE (Bristol Beacon), Jonathan Dimbleby (Bristol Beacon) & Cllr Craig Cheney (Bristol City Council)

Looking Back, Looking Forward – Mayor Marvin Rees OBE

10:00 Act 1: City Opportunities & Challenges

Health in the City – Maria Kane OBE (North Bristol NHS Trust)

Inclusive Growth in the City – Annabel Smith (Centre for Progressive Policy)

Work in the City- Ines Lage (TUC South West)

Just Transition in the City – Professor Daniela Schmidt (Cabot Institute for the Environment)

Young People in the City – Julia Gray (City of Bristol College)

Offer & Ask – Trauma Informed Practice – Hazel Renouf (BNSSG ICB)

10:40 Networking & Refreshment Break

11:00 Act 2: The Bristol One City Priorities

Priority Goal – Equality, Pay Gaps & Progression – Sian Webb (XpertHR)

Priority Goal – Race Equality & Housing – Alex Raikes MBE DL (SARI)

Priority Goal – Reducing Suspensions & Exclusions – Margaret Simmonds-Bird MBE (Education Consultant)

City-Wide Discussions on the One City Priority Goals – All

Offer & Ask – Clean Air Zone Transport Grants – Helen Wigginton (Bristol City Council)

11:40 Networking & Refreshment Break

12:00 Act 3: The One City Approach

Homes & Communities Board Update – Cllr Tom Renhard (Bristol City Council) & Oona Goldsworthy (Brunelcare)

Transport Board Update – Cllr Don Alexander (Bristol City Council) & Zoe Banks Gross (Sustrans)

Environment Board Update – Cllr Marley Bennett (Bristol City Council) & Savita Willmott (The Natural History Consortium)

Children & Young People’s Board Update – Rachel Robinson (Learning Partnership West) & Emily Bailey (South Bristol Youth)

Health & Wellbeing Board Update – Cllr Helen Holland (Bristol City Council) & Rebecca Mear (Voscur)

Culture Board Update – Charlotte Geeves (Bristol Old Vic)

Economy & Skills Update – Victoria Matthews (Business West)

City Partner Reflection Panel – Palie Smart (University of Bristol), Suzanne Rolt (Quartet Community Foundation), Victoria Matthews (Business West)

Offer & Ask – The Legacy Foundation – Cllr Asher Craig (Bristol City Council)

12:54 Closing Remarks – Mayor Marvin Rees & Stephen Peacock (Bristol City Council)

13:00 Networking

14:00 Event Close

Interactive Elements

As part of the One City Approach, your active feedback and participation is encouraged.

To streamline this process, please follow the links below for your convenience.

Act 1: City Opportunities & Challenges

Feed in your reflections into our word cloud in Act 1 here.

Act 2: The One City Priority Goals

Share your reflections on the One City Priority Goals here.

Act 3: The One City Approach

Feed in your reflections into our word cloud in Act 3 here.

Offers & Asks

The One City Approach mobilises resources across the city to help take the One City Plan forward. Organisations can make offers to help make progress against a goal. Organisations can make asks to request support.

It is when we combine resources across the city – be that ideas, time, space, financial, influence we become stronger than the sum of our parts to make a difference across the city.

Please share any Offers or Asks here.

Your Hosts

Photo of Euella Jackson

Euella Jackson is an award-winning presenter, film-maker and creative producer based in Bristol working with the likes of BAFTA, Channel 4, BBC and WWF. Euella is one of the Co-Directors at Rising Arts Agency, a radical, youth-led Bristol-based social enterprise that advocates for young creative leaders and challenging the status quo in the creative, cultural industries and beyond. Euella also sits on the board of Encounters Film Festival as interim chair and works as a governance specialist and consultant supporting organisations to radically rethink their governance, workplace cultures and bring more joy into their work.

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Paul Hassan is a social entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience in business, community, and economic development in Bristol. He is currently Regional Partnership Manager for ACH serving the west of England region- with a focus on developing long-term housing sustainability and successful integration for the refugee and migrant communities ACH serve.

Your Speakers

Marvin Rees OBE was elected Mayor of Bristol in 2016. He is a Yale World Fellow and Operation Black Vote graduate. Since 2016, he has overseen the building of over 12,500 homes, founded a city-owned housing company, and embarked on the largest council house building scheme for over 35 years. With an ambition to build a more sustainable, inclusive, and fairer city he has pioneered the award-winning One City approach. He leads Bristol’s response to both the climate and ecological emergencies and has secured £630 million for clean energy through Bristol City Leap. As a founding member of 3Ci and the Mayors Migration Council, Marvin has advocated for cities to be at the heart of tackling climate change.

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Maria Kane OBE joined North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) as the new Chief Executive in April 2021. Prior to her appointment at NBT, she held the role of Chief Executive of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, where she had been in post since December 2017. In addition to her role as Chief Executive at NBT she Chairs the Bristol Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre, the Somerset Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire Cancer Alliance and the South West Genomic Medicine Service Board.

Annabel Smith is Director of Place & Practice at the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP), a national think tank committed to the delivery of inclusive growth. She is responsible for leading the Inclusive Growth Network, working with cities and regions across the UK to build a better understanding of what inclusive growth looks like and how it works in practice, as well as informing policy at the national level.

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Ines Lage is the Regional Secretary of the Trade Unions Congress.

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Professor Daniela Schmidt is Professor in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, coordinating lead author for the IPCC WGII chapter on Europe and advisor for the EU Climate change risk assessment. Her work focusses on understanding vulnerability of people and nature in the context of climate change, especially in the context of coastal communities. Jointly with the UKHSA she collaborated with the South Gloucester LA on quantifying vulnerability to climate change in the context of health. Working with colleagues in the humanities, social science and law, she assesses adaptation options and aims to widen the discourse of climate change risks.

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Julia Gray is Principal and Chief Executive Officer of City of Bristol College. Julia has worked in the Further Education sector for more than twenty years and has been responsible for the writing, delivery and leadership of all the different provision types in that time, from entry-level programmes to master’s degrees. Julia is passionate about Further Education and the difference it can make to the lives of the communities it serves.

Sian Webb, formerly VP at Gapsquare, a Bristol-based tech startup acquired in 2021, brings extensive expertise in using intelligent pay analytics to foster inclusive employment practices. As a professional accomplished in equality, diversity & inclusion, Sian is committed to building better workplaces and has a history of research and campaigning on gender equality. With a career spanning public, private, and non-profit sectors, Sian’s passion for equality and social justice has driven her to strengthen the fair pay agenda internationally, from India to San Francisco. 

Alex Raikes MBE DL graduated in Social Policy at Bristol University in 1991 joining award winning human rights charity, SARI (Stand Against Racism & Inequality) later in the same year. 32 years later and she is now leading SARI and is renown for being a driving force for promoting equality and tackling hatred across the region. She is a member of University of Bristol Court; was awarded an MBE for contribution to race relations in 2009; received an Honorary Doctorate from UWE and made Deputy Lieutenant in 2019, was High Sheriff of the County of City of Bristol in 2022 and received and Honorary Doctorate from Bristol University in 2023.

Margaret Simmons-Bird MBE is a former Director of Education with extensive experience working across schools to raise standards and challenging social injustice. In 2021 she was awarded an MBE for her outstanding work in closing the education gaps for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is an Independent Education Adviser to the SEND Improvement Board, Co-chairs the Bristol’s Education and Skills Race Equality Group and Chair of a Primary School Trust. She has extensive experience of working with schools to improve representation in the work force and challenge all forms of inequality and social injustice. She is currently working as an Executive School Improvement Lead from a Multi Academy Trust.

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Professor Palie Smart is a Professor in Operations Management and currently holds the role of Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Civic Engagement at the University of Bristol. Her research is focussed on new models of innovation for sustainable business and published in world leading and internationally excellent journals including Research Policy, British Journal of Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Management Reviews, R&D Management and International Journal of Production Economics.

Victoria Matthews is Bristol Director for Business West and leads on managing the relationships that Business West holds with business and political leaders across our region, ensuring that the voice of business in Bristol is heard. Sitting on multiple boards, including chairing Bristol’s Economy & Skills Board, Victoria brings together stakeholders from across the city including public, private and third sectors such as national and local government, to champion Bristol to make this region the best place to live, learn and work.

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Suzanne Rolt is CEO at Quartet Community Foundation. Suzanne has held a number of executive and non-executive roles in the cultural and charity sectors at both a local and national level. Before joining Quartet, she was CEO of St George’s Bristol concert hall where she led a transformational capital project. She has Chaired and is now a Board Director of Bristol Ideas/Bristol Cultural Development Partnership.

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Stephen Peacock is the Chief Executive of the Bristol City Council.

Offers & Asks

Throughout the morning you will also hear from speakers presenting Offers & Asks to the city:

Trauma Informed Practices

Trauma Informed Practices can help organisations effectively and compassionately respond to the trauma and adversity experienced by individuals, families, communities and the workforce. ​

Offer: Learn how to take a trauma-informed approach by using our framework, joining our network, and engaging with champions​.

Ask: Make an active commitments to embedding a trauma informed approach across your services and systems, by signing our pledge here.

Contact with any queries.

Clean Air Zone Transport Grants

In November 2022, Bristol City Council introduced a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) to the centre of the city. One year on we were delighted to announce that the data shows that air pollution has reduced, on average, by 10 per cent across the city, with a 12 per cent reduction inside the zone and 8 per cent reduction outside of the zone. You can see the report in full detail here. Upgrading to a vehicle that meets the zones emission standards is a cost-effective alternative to paying the charge over the longer term.

Offer​: Explore a range of grants for significant financial support to help your business your business to upgrade its non-CAZ compliant vehicles here.

Ask: Consider how you can support your organisation to continue to make Bristol a cleaner, healthier city.

Bristol Legacy Foundation

Bristol Legacy Foundation is developing a unified campaign for commemoration and reparation in Bristol by delivering a commemoration site and a museum or story house to explore the lives, histories and futures of those affected by this genocide.​

Offer: Join the Bristol Legacy Foundation Launch on 15th March at the MShed Museum, you can learn more about this event and find tickets here.

Ask: Visit the Bristol Legacy Foundation website here, and consider how your organisation can support this work​.


We also have stands at the City Gathering this year. Attendees are encouraged to visit the stands during the regular refreshment breaks on floor one and two.

Bristol Women’s Voice

Bristol Women’s Voice will be using their stand to call on employers to pledge as Caring Economy Employers as well as to support the campaign. You can find out more about the campaign to Value the Caring Economy here.

Our City 2030

Our City 2030 has a stand at the City Gathering to share their work which aims to support young people from low income households to secure a median salary role by 2030. You can learn more about Our City 2030 by visiting their stand or their website here.

Baby Rhino UK

Baby Rhino UK will be using their stand at the Bristol City Gathering to share their offer to support disadvantaged young people in Bristol by providing year-round group and individual rugby coaching. You can learn more about Baby Rhino UK here.

Great Western Credit Union

Great Western Credit Union has a stand to share Money@Work which is working with employers to give their employees access to affordable loans and easy ways to save through payroll. You can learn more about Money@Work here.

Bristol Local Food Fund

Bristol Local Food Fund supports local community food projects to fight food insecurity. You can learn more about their work by visiting their stand or their website here.

Bristol City Leap

Bristol City Leap is an innovative partnership which will accelerate green energy investment in Bristol and help towards decarbonising the whole city. You can learn more about their work empowering community-Led energy projects for a greener Bristol here.

Period Friendly Bristol

We also have a stand for Period Friendly Bristol, an initiative born out of Bristol One City in 2019 in response to the one city priority goal of tackling period poverty in Bristol. Now embarking on a re-launch, visit their stand and learn more about how you can support and enable their work here.

Anthony Nolan

26 year old Ellis, from Bristol, urgently needs a stem cell transplant but there aren’t currently any matches on the stem cell register. Today the charity Anthony Nolan have a stand at the City Gathering sharing his story and educating people about the stem cell register. You can learn more about Ellis and the Anthony Nolan charity here.

Bristol Temple Quarter

Temple Quarter has a stand at the City Gathering where they will be providing information about their programme of work, and sharing more about how groups and organisations can get involved, offering engagement opportunities. You can learn more about Bristol Temple Quarter here and visit their engagement hub here.

Elaine Robinson’s SPOTtimespotTIME

We also have interactive art at today’s City Gathering. Artist Elaine Robinson has been working for the last five years on a collective piece documenting significant themes of our time. The work, SPOTtimespotTIME, involves collecting fingerprints and quotes both from public figures and the general public.

She says: “In March 2015 I did my first walkabout across the city of Bristol, asking for fingerprints…The SPOTtimespotTIME walkabout was a success: 400 red fingerprints of connection! I have been gathering fingerprints and opinions from as many people as I can by walking across UK cities & visiting UK Parliaments, the European Parliament and other public arenas ever since.” You can learn more about Elaine Robinson’s SPOTtimespotTIME here.

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One City Plan 2023

The Bristol One City Plan 2023 details Goals across six themes for Bristol. Containing over 500 Goals (three per year per theme), the Plan runs through to 2050. This is the fourth iteration of the Plan – you can also access our archive of 2019, 2020 and 2021 versions.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a framework for the key global challenges of economic, environmental and social sustainability, which every country in the world has agreed to deliver by 2030. Bristol is committed to delivering the SDGs locally, and every One City Plan goal has been mapped to them, which you can see via the Dashboard.

Goals Dashboard

Further to the paper version of the Plan, the Dashboard gives details of the SDGs that are covered by the Goals, and helps you to search by underlying themes and specific years.

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One City Strategies

There are a number of strategies produced by the One City Boards, that include further sector specific aims. Some of these strategies inform the work of Bristol City Council services and provide further Goals for working in partnership.