Our Team archive

Bradford Kickstart has a team of Enterprise Coaches who work in local communities to help people and small businesses to achieve their true potential.

David Humphreys

Area : Shipley, Bingley, Baildon, Wrose, Windhill, Saltaire, Cottingley, Harden, Cullingworth, Wilsden, Denholme, Addingham and Ilkley

From university David initially worked in large international travel and leisure organisations and as a Director of a Direct Marketing Agency before developing his own holiday business.  Following a successful trade sale of his company, David has supported small business development through acting as a business angel, undertaking market research and university lecturing.

T  07506 693 647


Mike Whitehouse

Area : Bradford East inc. Eccleshill, Fagley, Idle, Bolton, Undercliffe, Thackley, Apperley Bridge, Thorpe Edge, Ravenscliffe, Swain House, Greengates, Thornbury, Bradford Moor, Bowling, Barkerend, Laisterdyke,

I am Bradford born and bred and very proud of the city and want to do my part to help it achieve its aims both economically and culturally.  After working for 20 years in the private sector, I have now been working for the public sector for over 8 years to support the areas of Bradford faced with high levels of deprivation.  I have worked with the local community in Bradford for nearly 7 years now and am passionate about helping people in Bradford achieve their aspirations of self-employment and personal development.

T  07824 876 600

Phil Harrison

 Area : Keighley, Steeton, Silden, Haworth, Oxenhope and Eastburn

Phil has worked in direct support for start-up and existing businesses since 1998; having previously lectured in business and management studies in Wakefield, Leeds and Bradford. Phil worked on the original Bradford Kickstart programme from 2006 to 2010 and then from 2010 to 2014 on the Bradford Rising Stars programme.

Phil has extensive experience and knowledge of both the business world and the local area and has been involved in running three family businesses in the Bradford area.

T  07799 534406 / 01535 607775
E  phil.harrison@bradfordkickstart.com

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith

Area : Park Lane, West Bowling, Marshfields, Holme Wood, Bierley, Tong,  City Centre

Born and bred in Bradford, I have seen this great City ebb and flow and I’m still filled with confidence by the number of forward thinking and innovative people I meet as one of Bradford’s 11-strong team of Kickstart Enterprise Coaches. I’m a former lecturer in Business, Finance and Marketing, and have worked with and for companies large and small including PLC’s and the BBC, was an Associate Director of Bradford AFC and have a range of business interests in marketing, events, art and manufacturing. I believe with my knowledge and experience of both business success and failure I can bring a great deal in terms of unlocking the potential of enterprising people and developing their ideas.
T  (01274) 768071
Rav Panesar

Rav Panesar

Area: Bradford West inc. Manningham, Girlington, Toller, Heaton, Allerton, Lower Grange, Fairweather Green, Haworth Road, Thornton, Queensbury, Clayton and Clayton Heights

I am here to help anyone who is thinking of starting up in business, or going self-employed.  I believe the journey into successful enterprise is done through listening, building up trust and having structured conversations that can help you reach your full potential.  If you have aspirations of working for yourself, or already in business and have ideas to progress, then get in touch and let’s get the ball rolling.  I am a fully qualified Prince2 Practitioner in Project Management (not a royal qualification!), have an NVQ Level 4 in Business Support and I am in the process of becoming a qualified NVQ assessor.
T 07525 330580
Katherine Wyatt

Katherine Wyatt

Area: Bradford South inc. Wibsey, Wyke, Royds, Moor Side, Low Moor, Buttershaw, University and Horton Grange

Katherine has over ten years experience of supporting and developing voluntary organisations and social enterprises as well as jointly running two very different family businesses.  In addition she is a qualified trainer and mentor with experience in the education sector.  She has worked with a wide range of people and organisations across Bradford District and understand the difficulties faced by small businesses, and those hoping to set up for the first time, because of her own experiences.  She is looking forward to engaging with people across her area in order to help them achieve their goals and to generate news businesses.
T 07805 433097