Our team

Anand Shukla – Chief Executive

Anand Shukla - Chief Executive Executive

Anand Shukla joined Brightside as Chief Executive in February 2015.

He is a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) Strategic Advisory Committee on Teaching Excellence and Student Opportunity and is a member of the Universities UK practitioner advisory group on social mobility. He has written for the Guardian and WonkHE on issues relating to social mobility and widening participation, and speaks regularly at national conferences on access and outreach.

Anand is also part of the Speakers for Schools network which provides state schools and colleges with talks from industry leaders who share their experiences with young people to broaden students’ horizons and motivate them to reach their full potential. He is a non-executive director of the Social Investment Business and an advisor to Independence ZA – a South African charity that provides financial support to disadvantaged young people so that they can enter higher education.

Prior to joining Brightside, Anand was the Chief Executive of Family and Childcare Trust where he campaigned for greater childcare provision and funding, and advised governments in Westminster, Edinburgh and Cardiff on family and childcare policy. His background is in business development, and he has worked as Business Director at Daycare Trust, and in social enterprise development roles at the children’s charity Barnardo’s and the international development charity Allavida.

Anand was selected to be a Clore Social Leadership Fellow in 2012.

Suzanne Maskrey - Deputy Chief Executive

Suzanne Maskrey
Deputy Chief Executive

Laura Mangan - Head of Projects

Laura Mangan
Head of Projects

Paul Clarke - Head of External Affairs

Paul Clarke
Head of External Affairs

Anna Jayde-Faaris - Head of Technology

Anna Jayde-Faaris
Head of Technology

Nick Brown - Head of Business Development

Nick Brown
Head of Business Development

Rachel Pigott - Head of Finance

Rachel Pigott
Head of Finance

Alice Gravells - Schools and Volunteers Manager

Alice Gravells
Schools and Volunteers Manager

Louise Jones - Programme Manager

Louise Jones
Programme Manager

Ed Read - Projects Manager

Ed Read
Projects Manager

Natalie Marshall - Projects Manager

Natalie Marshall
Projects Manager

Helen Carter - Projects Manager

Helen Carter
Projects Manager

Nathan Thomas - Projects Coordinator

Nathan Thomas
Projects Coordinator

Nick Wells - Projects Coordinator

Nick Wells
Projects Coordinator

Aye Ikomi - Projects Assistant

Aye Ikomi
Projects Assistant

Mark Taylor - Content Editor

Mark Taylor
Content Editor

Ben Dibiah - Business Development Assistant

Ben Dibiah
Business Development Assistant

Lily Begum - Administrator

Lily Begum
Administrator