Brightside Staffing Update

Anand Shukla to step down as Chief Executive of Brightside. Laura Gray appointed as Chief Executive.

After five years at Brightside, Anand Shukla has announced his intention to step down as Chief Executive in the summer of 2020.

Brightside now partners with over 65 organisations across the UK to provide online mentoring support to over 10,000 students every year. The Brightside 2020 impact report shows students with the lowest levels of higher education participation were three times more likely to enter higher education if they received mentoring support from Brightside.

Anand Shukla said:

“When I leave Brightside in the summer, I will have been its Chief Executive for five and a half years. While I am sad to be leaving, I am proud of what we have achieved in that time. Brightside is a respected UK wide social mobility organisation which helps thousands of students every year as they start to work out those daunting next steps after school. I am particularly pleased at the progress we have made in helping the most disadvantaged young people to enter higher education, and ensuring that the best possible outcomes for young people are at the heart of everything that we do. It has been a privilege to work here since 2015, and I would like to thank my colleagues and the Board of Trustees who have made Brightside such a dynamic and fun place to work.”

The Board of Trustees has appointed Laura Gray to take over as Chief Executive from Anand Shukla in the summer of 2020.


Laura Gray is currently Brightside’s Head of Programmes.

John Berry, Founder and Chair of the Brightside board of trustees said:

“I would like to thank Anand for his work and what he has achieved at Brightside over the last five years. As a mentoring organisation whose focus is equipping people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed, I am personally delighted that Brightside has appointed Laura – an outstanding member of the leadership team – to assume the role of Chief Executive following Anand’s departure.”