21st September 2017

Meet the team

Better Bilingual is made up of a team of dedicated, proactive and client-focused consultants, with extensive experience of working across Bristol, BANES, South Glos and North Somerset.

In addition to senior staff (see below), we work in collaboration with a range of other professionals and organisations – allowing us to draw upon their expertise when necessary.


Catherine Brennan : Director

Catherine Brennan


Catherine is Director of Better Bilingual, an independent education consultancy based in Bristol, UK, which she co-founded in October 2016. In addition, she works as a national EAL Trainer for The Bell Foundation, is an Associate for the EAL Academy and is an active member of NALDIC.

A passionate advocate for multilingualism and race equality, Catherine has collaborated with a variety of educational settings and professionals to secure the best possible outcomes for children and young people of BAME heritage - and those with English as an Additional Language (EAL) in particular. She has over 20 years’ experience of working with learners across the age range, 3-18.

Outside work, Catherine enjoys running, cooking, live music and studying the Arabic language.

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Stephen Bray : Senior Associate

Stephen Bray

Senior Associate

Stephen is Senior Associate for Better Bilingual. He is also a member of NALDIC, an Associate for the EAL Academy and manages EAL provision in a federation of primary schools in Cheltenham.

Passionate about education, Stephen has enjoyed a career in the UK and overseas as a teacher, manager, EAL adviser, teacher trainer and school improvement consultant and has successfully supported early years settings, primary and secondary schools to raise their standards, develop inclusion and equality practice and in particular to raise the attainment of vulnerable learners including those from ethnic minority backgrounds and those for whom English is an Additional Language.

In his free time, Stephen enjoys the company of family and friends and dog-walking in the countryside and at the coast. He enjoys photography, visits to the cinema and has an eclectic taste in music.

Pre-parenthood, Stephen travelled through India, South East Asia, China and Australia in the late 80s and has recently started to write up his travel memoirs!

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Evie Dickinson : Digital Marketing Manager

Evie Dickinson

Digital Marketing Manager

Evie works primarily in the charity sector - she is the current UK Manager of Community Highlight CBO  and works for various other Bristol based organisations in both paid and voluntary roles.

As Digital Marketing Manager Evie is responsible for website building and maintenance, uploading online content and some communications, including the Better Bilingual monthly newsletter.

In her free time Evie likes listening to Leonard Cohen and stroking cats in the street.

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