Anand Shukla

Chief Executive, The Brightside Trust

Biography

Anand has a strong track record leading organisations that focus on education, social mobility and childcare. He has over 10 years leadership experience in Chief Executive, non-executive and trustee roles. He has specialisms in strategy, advocacy, impact management, supported by strong emotional intelligence.

 He was the Chief Executive of Brightside between 2015 and 2020 – a mentoring charity that works with 10,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds every year. Previously, he led Daycare Trust and Family and Childcare Trust which advocate for high-quality universal childcare and support for families across the UK.

 He is a Trustee at the Richard Thornton Foundation, and sits on the governing body of the Priory Primary School where he is Chair of the Finance Committee. He served as Non-Executive Director at the Social Investment Business between 2015 and 2019.

 Anand’s leadership skills were recognised when he became a Clore Social Leadership Fellow in 2012, and when he was awarded a scholarship by the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of London in 2018 to study strategy at Harvard Business School.

 He grew up in Walsall in the West Midlands and studied French and History at Keble College, Oxford. In his early career, he worked in private sector publishing for Reed Elsevier, Butterworths and Lexis-Nexis. He has also worked for the children’s charity Barnardo’s.   

 Anand is currently studying for a Masters in International Relations at Kings College London.