Who We Are

Staff and consultants

The Kick Start team runs a range of training and consultancy services for educational providers working with vulnerable groups, as well as award-winning and accredited personal development programmes for young people.

Together, the team works hard to change the lives of learners, teachers and parents across the UK. We’re proud to have won the University of the West of England Award for the Best Social Enterprise and have been short-listed for the Children and Young People National Award.

Alongside this success, our Heroes Programme was accredited by ASDAN (Award Scheme Development & Accreditation Network) in 2009, and our parents’ programme helped a Bristol school gain ‘outstanding performance for parental engagement’.

The Kick Start team runs a range of training and consultancy services for educational providers working with vulnerable groups, as well as award-winning and accredited personal development programmes for young people.

Together, the team works hard to change the lives of learners, teachers and parents across the UK.

We’re proud to have won the University of the West of England Award for the Best Social Enterprise and have been short-listed for the Children and Young People National Award.

Alongside this success, our Heroes Programme was accredited by ASDAN (Award Scheme Development & Accreditation Network) in 2009, and our parents’ programme helped a Bristol school gain ‘outstanding performance for parental engagement’.

Joe Constant

Joe Constant

Founder and Director


Joe is the brains behind Kick Start. After 20 years in the corporate world, and lecturing at college, Joe set up Kick Start in 2006. Things have come a long way since his first day with just a phone and a desk. Joe has seen the organisation grow, and still works at ground level with the people that motivated him to set up Kick Start in the first place.

Judith Longstreth

Judith Longstreth

Senior Consultant


Judith Longstreth has worked for most of her life as a specialist teacher working to raise the achievement of minority ethnic pupils. She is an experienced trainer in equalities issues in education, locally, regionally and occasionally nationally. In her most recent post she worked as the head of a consortium Ethnic Minority Achievement Service working across South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset.

Stephen Bray

Stephen Bray

Consultant


Stephen has recently re-joined Kick Start as a freelance consultant.

Developing a career as an advisory teacher and consultant, his teaching, staff training and consultancy skills have successfully supported early years settings, primary and secondary schools in Birmingham, Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset to raise the attainment of Black and Minority Ethnic children and young people, including early stage as well as more advanced bilingual learners.

He also recently worked as an EAL consultant with the British Council’s EAL Nexus project in Northern Ireland and in the South West of England.

Bharti Joshi

Bharti Joshi

Consultant


Bharti is a specialist teacher with over 20 years experience of raising the achievement, attainment and engagement of minority ethnic pupils, as well as 4 years as a school improvement adviser with South Gloucestershire Consortium. She has successfully worked with a wide-range of schools and settings across the South-West and Leicestershire to lead, innovate, implement and evaluate strategies and programmes. She is fluent in a number of South Asian languages including Gujarati, Hindi and Urdu. Bharti is passionate about giving every child the opportunity to realise their full potential.

Catherine Brennan

Catherine Brennan

Consultant


Catherine has worked passionately as an Ethnic Minority Achievement advisor in London, Bristol and surrounding areas for 20 years; she is committed to securing the best possible outcomes for BME pupils. Through various school improvement approaches, Catherine has collaborated effectively with school leaders, teaching practitioners, BME pupils and their families to develop and deliver inclusive practice for BME pupils, including those who learn through English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Gail Rennolds

Gail Rennolds

PA / Office Manager


Gail has many years experience of working in the corporate world across global markets as well as SMEs, implementing and managing office systems and procedures and supporting businesses in areas including marketing, human resources and project management. With a qualification and background in childcare she has a keen interest in the education and wellbeing of all children and young people.