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The Executive Management Team

The following members form the Executive Management Team at Brighter Places:



Anna Klimczak - Chief Executive Officer

Anna graduated from Birmingham Univeristy with a BA in History before becoming ACA qualified. She worked at Deloitte for 4 years before leaving them in 2010 as their Assistant Audit Manager. She then spent 5 years at the Cabot Learning Federation, a multi-academy trust in Bristol, where she progressed through the ranks before becoming Finance Director. Anna became United Communities' Finance Director in July 2015, then Interim Chief Executive in 2019.

Anna successfully led Solon South West and United Communities through their Strategic Alliance in 2020 as Joint Chief Executive and is now Chief Executive Officer at Brighter Places. 

Claudia Cobban - Customer Service Director

With over 20 years of success within the social housing sector, Claudia offers a wide breadth of skills across corporate services and front-line operations. As the Transformation Director for Solon and United Communities, Claudia oversaw the upcoming changes during the housing associations' Strategic Alliance and cotninued to do so in Brighter Places. 

Claudia was appointed to Customer Service Director in May 2021.

Grant Giles - Finance Director

Richard James - Asset Director

Richard is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 16 years experience in the delivery of Development and Asset Management services within the social housing sector. He joined Solon in September 2015 as Director of Development and Asset Management. Prior to joining Solon, he spent 5 years as Assistant Director of Asset Management and Head of Asset Management at Somer Community Housing Trust and then Curo.

His focus at Brighter Places is to deliver a customer focused Asset Management service ensuring customers are safe in their homes and maintenance works are delivered to a high standard that meet our customer needs.

Sally Gilbert - Development Director

Sally is a Building Surveyor by profession but has spent most of her working life in construction project management, first in the private sector in London and for the last 20 years in the public sector here in Bristol.

Sheila Wilcox - Head of HR and Organisational Development

Sheila gained broad HR experience working in a number of sectors, including the NHS, financial services, IT and retail. Fulfilling her career aim to work in the third sector, Sheila latterly worked as the Head of People at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, a wetland conservation charity deploying 1,700 people in the UK and overseas.

At Brighter Places, Sheila is responsible for the employment framework, inclduing training and development, and staff wellbeing.

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