Marvin Rees was the guest speaker at the last meeting of Bristol Men in Early Years Network held at St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School on 19th April. Marvin spoke about his own experiences growing up as a mixed-race kid with a single mum in Bristol and the massive impact that having a black male worker at his nursery has had on him. He also spoke about his involvement with work around parenting and mental health. We then discussed key issues and priorities for the Early Years within Bristol. Marvin demonstrated a good understanding and expressed a willingness for further consultation and the ability to pull people together, emphasizing the Happiness Advantage and the long-term social and economic benefits of getting it right in the Early Years.