Welcome and introduction to the topics

Closed 31 Dec 2021

Opened 25 Feb 2021


The first assembly session gave participants an introduction to Bristol's assembly and an overview of how an assembly works.

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Asher Craig and Cllr Paula O’Rourke welcomed assembly members and introduced why the assembly has been called and how the council will use what it produces.

Introduction and Overview

  • Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
  • Cllr Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor
  • Cllr Paula O’Rourke
  • Jon Toy, Bristol City Council

Opportunities and challenges facing Bristol

Climate change:

  • Simeran Bachra, UK Cities Manager, CDP



  • Sally Hogg, Consultant in Public Health, Healthy People, Healthy Place at Bristol City Council



  • Steve Melia, Senior Lecturer in Transport and Planning, University of the West of England


Inequalities and challenges before and since COVID-19:

  • David Gordon, Professor of Social Justice, Director of the Bristol Poverty Institute and Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol


How residents have been impacted

How residents are impacted:

  • Nick Smith, Strategic Intelligence and Performance Team, Bristol City Council


How residents are impacted: a perspective from the Deaf community:

  • David Melling, Director of Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People


How residents are impacted: a young person’s perspective:

  • Tyreke Morgan, resident of Bristol


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • Democracy and participation