Meet the team

Bright Partnership is the Chartered Accountancy division of The Bright Group. Founded by Mike Senior and Michael Gillbrand in 2003, The Bright Group has grown through the worst financial crisis in generations to become a leading practice, now employing around 40 staff across Cheshire and West Yorkshire offices.


  • Michael Senior ACA
    Michael Senior ACA Partner

    Mike started his career in a small accountancy practice in Manchester in the early 1990’s. It was here where his career path first crossed with Michael Gillibrand before he moved on to a large international firm of Chartered Accountants. Qualifying in 1997, Mike decided to specialise in taxation and in particular the taxation for directors and their owner managed businesses. With this experience in taxation he joined forces with Michael in founding Bright in 2003, a natural progression.

    Building a diverse client base of high net worth directors of small and medium sized business, Mike has the broadest range of experience across a complete spectrum of taxation matters.

  • Michael Gillibrand ACA
    Michael Gillibrand ACA Partner

    Initially trained in architecture, Michael found the disciplines of financial services and accountancy more alluring, switching career paths at an early stage.

    As a co-founder of Bright in 2003, he has found the opportunity to use his knowledge working creatively with clients, combining his broad career experience to supply a lateral approach to financial opportunities. Specialising in strategy for business, his career has spanned both the public and private sectors, providing experience from ‘both sides of the fence.’

    CEO of Bright, Michael has responsibility for strategy and business planning, combined with hands on client advice across the spectrum of Bright’s client portfolio.

  • Amanda Cunningham ACA
    Amanda Cunningham ACA Practice Manager

    It seems that there is a family trait in the Cunningham family, with Amanda’s brother, sister and brother-in-law all accountants.

    Amanda began her career with Bright back in 2007 and has completed her AAT and ACA qualifications with the firm. Amanda manages the Bright team and has over 10 years experience of working with the firm. She ensures that all clients are provided with an outstanding service and any queries are dealt with immediately.

    Manchester United and music are cited as her interests, along with rock climbing.

  • Will Smith
    Will Smith Accountant

    Will went straight from sixth form College to a local Warrington firm of accountants as a trainee and gained his AAT qualification in 2014. Now working towards ACCA qualifications, he joined Bright Partnership in 2015.

    Will is still a keen sportsman, with participating pastimes including rugby league, five-a-side football and golf, he cites his greatest loves as Warrington Wolves and Liverpool FC.

  • Connor Davies
    Connor Davies Accountant

    Connor joined Bright Partnership as an apprentice during 2015 and is currently studying his AAT accountancy exams on the road to full qualification. He enjoys going to the gym, team sports and watching Liverpool FC.

  • Craig Winter
    Craig Winter Accountant

    Craig began his career in 2007, after completing his degree in Accountancy and Finance at Plymouth University. From there he worked in firms in Bournemouth building up over a decade of experience before moving to Manchester and Bright Partnership in 2018. Craig cites playing the guitar, cycling and Manchester United as his main interests.

  • Joel Pimblett
    Joel Pimblett Trainee accountant

    Joel joined Bright in 2018 after completing his Business and Management degree at Salford University in 2018. He is looking forward to starting his professional accountancy exams.

    He is a keen footballer and a Manchester United fan.

  • Lorraine Devine
    Lorraine Devine Payroll Manager

    Lorraine graduated from the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals in 2007 but has worked in a payroll capacity since 2000.  She joined Bright in March 2018 to look after the Payroll Department and assist with admin duties for the business.

    Lorraine enjoys singing having  performed in musical theatre and also with several choirs.  She performs as often as she can.  She also enjoys watching football and is a Manchester United fan.  She is also a keen amateur astronomer.

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