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Chief Executive resigns from Bristol City Council

Anna Klonowski

Bristol City Council’s Chief Executive Anna Klonowski has resigned from the council in order to focus on her role as primary carer for her parents. She will leave her position at the end of the month.

Her decision was made over the summer in light of her parents’ declining health and has been fully supported by Mayor Marvin Rees, who is working with Anna to ensure a smooth handover process.

Anna Klonowski, Chief Executive of Bristol City Council said: “This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make because I am hugely committed to Bristol and its improvement journey. However, my family has to come first and with my parents’ health declining, including my mother’s life limiting illness, my duties as a daughter are my top priority.

“The council has faced huge difficulties in the last few years and I am proud to have helped turn around many areas of performance. Of course many of the difficulties faced by the council are not of its own making, but I am confident that the improvements I have made alongside the Mayor will stand it in a far better stead.

“It has been a true privilege to serve the people of Bristol over the past couple of years and I will miss it tremendously.”

Mayor Marvin Rees said: “Anna has brought true passion and dedication to this role and I am very grateful for everything she has contributed, not only as Chief Executive but also in her preceding roles at the council. I respect and fully support her decision and wish her and her family the very best.

“We will take some time to carefully consider the future shape of the council’s management, meaning we will not immediately seek a like-for-like replacement. However, business as usual continues and arrangements for the statutory designation of ‘Head of Paid Service’ will be put in place before Anna departs.”