Incredible conversations with the Mancunians - born, bred and adopted - who put the heart into Modern Manchester.
We Built This City focuses on how these extraordinary Mancunians have built something that impacts lives and the purposeful relationships that have helped steer them, the values that have driven them to do it, and the legacies they plan to leave behind.
Celebrate human grit, determination, loyalty, and diversity across culture, arts, politics, sport, music and business.
Lisa Morton interviews Mancunian icons like Andy Burnham, John Thomson, Gary Neville, Sacha Lord, Stacey Copeland, Clint Boon, Sir Richard Leese, Diane Modahl MBE, Ged King, Chris Brindley MBE, Carl Austin-Behan OBE, Karina Jadhav, Joanne Roney OBE and Sir Howard Bernstein.
Manc 37: Phil Mayall - Placemaker, Community Builder, Grafter
Phil Mayall, Board Director of Muse, doesn’t just change places – he changes people’s aspirations. Phil has been behind some of the region’s biggest placemaking and regeneration projects, from Vimto Gardens to the £2.5bn Salford Crescent project.
Bonus: Know Your Value - Admit It. Fix It. Move On.
“If you get stuff wrong, and you will get stuff wrong, you’re a human being”.
Lisa Morton explores the strength of making mistakes and learning from them.
Manc 36: Bryony Shanahan - The Artistic Director Taking The Stage To The Community
“If I can even create a little bit of the atmosphere that happens in a football arena, in the theatre, then I will.”
Bryony Shanahan was named Joint Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange in February 2020. Discover alongside Lisa Morton the effect Covid has had on live performance and theatre, the responsibility of preserving the Royal Exchange for Manchester, and the realities of making difficult choices in a fight for survival.
Bonus: Know Your Value - Walk A Mile In Another's Shoes
"We don't judge others, we empathise, and we learn"
Lisa Morton looks at how listening to others is an important antidote to assuming the loudest story is the only story.
Manc 35: Karen Gabay - The Broadcaster Retelling Manchester’s Story
Uncover a part of Manchester’s history you’ve never heard before. Host of The People on BBC Radio Manchester, Karen Gabay has built a career on giving a platform to ordinary people and their stories, but she still has time to rub shoulders with Mary J Blige and Idris Elba.
Bonus: Know Your Value - We Say Thank You
Showing Gratitude with your work and your actions. Lisa Morton reflects on how Justin Eagleton has used his artwork to show gratitude toward Manchester and it’s people as well as the importance of taking the time to look back and honour the people that have supported you.