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Charlotte Leslie MP

Charlotte LeslieCharlotte has a range of experience from charity work to politics, television and sports coaching. She has previously worked for The Scouts and as Education Associate with The Young Foundation. Before her election as Bristol North West MP, she was Special Adviser to then Shadow Education Secretary, David Willetts. In 2011 Charlotte formed the All Party Parliamentary Group for Boxing with the aim of promoting the sport and keeping it high on the agenda in Westminster.

Dr Simon Newitt

Simon studied Political History at Brunel University and then completed his MA at University College London where he trained in Social Anthropology. In 2013 he was awarded a doctorate from the University of Central Lancashire for his research with young men in St Pauls, Bristol. Simon is the current Chief Executive of Off the Record (Bristol) and previously worked in Public Health and Child and Adolescent Mental Health services in the city. He teaches at several universities including UWE, Bristol, and Bath on the anthropology of social exclusion and mental health.

Marvin Rees – Bristol Mayor

Marvin_ReesMarvin is the current Mayor of Bristol, he was born and raised in Easton and used the Empire gym as young man. After graduating from Swansea University Marvin worked in international development and as a BBC Journalist before stints as a NHS Programme Manager and Local Authority Director in Bristol. A Yale University World Fellow, Marvin has a track record of leadership across the political, public and voluntary sectors in both the UK and United States.

David Fordham

David FordhamDavid has had careers in both law and banking rising to board level. His experience spans a very wide area of financial activity from merchant banking through public and private sector finance to private banking and wealth management. He is visiting senior lecturer on international banking law and the syndication markets at Queen Mary’s University, London. He is a Trustee of Affinity Sutton Community Foundation that supports inner city social cohesion initiatives.

Empire Fighting Chance is a charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. Charity No. 1156690 Company No. 8752389. Registered office The Mill, Lower Ashley Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0YJ