Bristol business leader receives prestigious fellowship for social mobility work

Karl Brown

Karl Brown, a Commercial Property Partner at national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP, has been awarded fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in recognition of his work in trying to boost social mobility.

Alongside his day job, Karl is also a social mobility ambassador for the Law Society of England and Wales, and in this role, he has given careers talks and presentations to raise the aspirations of young people potentially interested in a career in law.

In 2019, Karl founded the Bristol Property Inclusion Charter to boost diversity and inclusion in the Bristol Property industry/sector and the Charter now has over 50 signatory companies/organizations, including Bristol City Council, First Base, LiveWest, Bouygues UK, Avison Young, Nash Partnership, Willmott Dixon and UWE, Bristol.

The RSA was founded in 1754 and its mission statement is to bring positive change to the community through innovative ideas, pioneering research and thought leadership. Fellowship of the RSA is very prestigious and is only awarded to those individuals who have made an outstanding positive impact on their community (in the areas of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce) and who embody the mission of the RSA.

Notable previous fellows of the RSA have included Benjamin Franklin, Charles Dickens and Stephen Hawking. Fellows of the RSA are entitled to use the post-nominal letters FRSA after their name.

Karl said: “I am really humbled to have received this type of recognition for my work in boosting social mobility. I am passionate about every person with the right talent and work ethic having the opportunity to achieve their goals.

I believe that becoming a fellow of the RSA will support and enhance my work to bring positive change to the community.”