The Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, on behalf of a formal Selection Panel, will be recommending existing senior leadership team member, Anna Klonowski, to become Bristol City Council’s new permanent Chief Executive.
The council’s Selection Panel considered applications from a strong and diverse group of applicants. In reaching this recommendation they heard the views of a cross-party panel, plus a range of local partners and others in the city. The proposed contract would be fixed-term until 31 December 2020, to bring it in line with the Mayoral term.
Anna has been working with Bristol City Council since the start of 2016 to support focused work on devolution and finance. She was appointed to the role of Interim Strategic Director of Resources in July 2016.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “Anna is a highly experienced leader, having held a range of senior roles across the public sector. I value her input greatly.
“I hope members of Full Council will agree that Anna is an appropriate choice to help steer the council through what are extremely challenging financial times.”
The proposed appointment will be put to Full Council for ratification on 21 February. It is anticipated that Anna will take over from Interim Chief Executive Stephen Hughes immediately following this. Stephen has worked with the Mayor and Senior Leadership Team at Bristol City Council since August 2016 as part of a temporary agreement whilst the council recruited a permanent appointee.
Marvin Rees continued: “I would like to thank Stephen who has helped ensure a smooth transition towards new permanent management arrangements. He and Anna’s work in recent months has been vital in helping us keep our focus where it is most needed.”
Anna Klonowski said: “This new role would allow me to contribute further to the future of Bristol. I am privileged to work for such a fantastic city and with our incredibly dedicated staff. We face some big challenges, but alongside our committed community partners we can tackle these issues and make Bristol a fairer, more resilient city.”