We are Bounce Forward – a charity dedicated and passionate about resilience as the key to personal development of students.
We believe that teaching resilience skills should sit alongside academic lessons and we’ve spent 11 years working directly with schools and delivering research, to evidence what we do.
Founded in 2009, Bounce Forward (formerly How to Thrive) was incubated in its early years within Hertfordshire County Council and became an independent charity in 2016.
Our core principles:
We can support you to build the understanding, knowledge and skills you need to deliver school improvements and achieve improved outcomes for your students.
Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder
Lucy Bailey is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Bounce Forward. She is proud of her beginnings as a youth worker and her 17 years of experience of working in, developing, reforming and managing children’s services. Over the last twelve years Lucy has focused on education and has been instrumental in embedding resilience curricular in schools and services across the UK. Her passion is to drive a movement to influence UK policy around education to form a positive system of change. Lucy directed the Healthy Minds research project, has an MSc in Practice Based Research, a BSc in Social Policy and Criminology, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education.
Head of Research & Evaluation
Julie is an applied social researcher who specialises in evaluation research and is Principal Research Fellow and Evaluation Manager with the University of Bedfordshire. She has a particular interest in theory driven approaches that recognise the importance of individual agency, capture complexity and emergence in systems change and that prioritise partnership and iterative learning throughout the evaluation process. Julie has a Professional Doctorate (D Prof) in Children and Young People’s Services and a Masters (MA) in Management in the Public and Voluntary Sectors. She has particular experience in evaluating local authority children’s services, local safeguarding systems and the role that the third sector brings to social welfare intervention and support. Julie has a special interest in co-produced approaches to measuring the outcomes of intervention that support bi-directional learning between those providing services and those engaging with them.
Project Development Manager
Elisha reached out to Bounce Forward during Covid19 to volunteer with us because she is passionate about helping children, young people and the adults around them, thrive. She given her time and energy to our cause for which we are truly grateful. Elisha’s has 7 years working experience in events and project management across a range of sectors. An exceptional communicator, Elisha is skilled in developing relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Fluent in Spanish, experience of working for global organisations in international roles, and certified in business strategy development, lead generation and recruitment. Elisha relishes the opportunity of bringing her business experience, her flexibility of thought and creative approach to respond to the demands of her management role for Bounce Forward.
Equal Futures Project Director
Lara reached out to Bounce Forward with the idea of developing an anti-racism course for young people based in the UK. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and her own experiences of racism in the UK, Lara wanted to team up with Bounce Forward to create a breakfast club that delivers a combination of anti-racism skills combined with resilience and lessons in self-belief. Equal Futures Breakfast Club was created with the goal of providing a space for children of all ethnicities to build skills to create a positive and equal future for themselves and for the rest of their generation. Lara has 8 years working experience including work for charities, providing marketing consultancy for a range of businesses, and most importantly running her own social enterprise helping to combat human trafficking in India. Lara developed the wellness business as a sole founder and was one of the first ever social enterprises to be presented on Dragons Den in 2017. Lara has experience working globally with charities, running independent projects and is thrilled with the opportunity to work with Bounce Forward.
Marketing Executive – Pro Bono
Rob is experienced at running target-driven direct and digital marketing campaigns. Rob is helping drive Bounce Forward’s step-change in public awareness, increasing member engagement through the creation of innovative and effective communications. "Supporting Bounce Forward with marketing has three fold benefits for me; not only am I making a valuable contribution to a charity dedicated to improving children’s mental health, I am also getting to develop new marketing skills outside the corporate world whilst improving my well-being by learning about resilience. If Covid taught me anything, is that we could all do with being more resilient."
Fundraising & Grants Executive
Jenny has worked in education for twenty years, most recently as a senior leader at one of England’s largest Further Education Colleges. Jenny has extensive experience of teaching and learning at all ages and stages (including within prisons) before moving into leadership roles. She has held Governor and Trustee roles in local schools, providing her with insight and experience across all aspects of the education sector. Jenny recently took the decision to spend more time with her two young children and was delighted to be able to take the opportunity to volunteer for Bounce Forward and has been vital in writing grant and funding applications. Jenny has seen first-hand the impact on young (and older) people the impact of a lack of resilience and is delighted to be able to support the charity in their work building these skills.
Partnerships Development Executive
Shenel has 8 years experience as Head of Psychology and lead on PSHE in a variety of settings, including state and private schools, faith and secular environments. It was Shenel’s training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy in 2013 and her regular yoga practice which switched her focus in the classroom to students wellbeing rather than the academic material. Her proven track record of running outstanding departments is underpinned by her belief that to raise attainment, you must teach social and emotional skills. Shenel has a Masters of Education from the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Psychology from London University. She has practical experience of embedding mindfulness in schools, delivering training and support to teachers, and facilitating workshops on how to develop healthy minds. Shenel is a mum of two girls and is an experienced yoga practitioner. Shenel connected Bounce Forward and Think Equal because she saw the synergy between the two organisations. She is dedicating her time as a volunteer during the early stages of the partnership to drive the roll out and growth of the Bounce Forward Think Equal Programme to schools across the UK. The collective aim is to achieve a global system change through professional holistic training of teachers, empowering them to mediate social emotional learning as a core purpose of early years education, which will enable future generations to empathise with their diverse and changing worlds.
Marketing Consultant – Pro Bono
Daniela is the Marketing Director of Salamanca Group and is providing pro-bono consultancy to assist with our growth plans. Throughout her career she has volunteered in the not-for-profit sector , giving charities the tools to build their business and manage their own successful communication strategies. “Throughout our lives, we experience hardship and stress. Having the mental strength to cope and overcome is a vital life skill we should be teaching our kids. Bounce Forward have a key role to play in our children’s development and I am honoured to help Lucy and the team make the biggest impact possible."
Armed Forces Associate
Lucienne delivered business training on behalf of the Princes Trust for almost a decade. Her work here set her on the path to finding evidence based and science backed to help people in everyday situations take control of their mental well-being. Lucienne has a degree in philosophy, a long background in youth work, is a military spouse and mum to four young children. She is passionate about taking resilience and well-being education into the very heart of the military. Using resilience education to teach essential skills to the children and families of all those serving both at home and overseas. Lucienne runs her own business, Ebb&Flow Global from her home overseas, and first contacted Bounce Forward as she wanted to help her children develop their resilience and well-being in the midst of Covid when they also had the added hurdle of being military children posted overseas.
Martin Bellamy (Chair) co-founded Salamanca Group in 2002. Martin is responsible for running the Group, overseeing its continued development and in particular, is focused on the development of a new style Merchant Banking model. For the last 15 years, Martin has led the investment team, making investments across the globe in Real Estate, Mining and Infrastructure. As part of the firm’s investment thesis, Martin is Chairman of Salamanca Group Topaz Ltd which is the owner of the former ROF Bridgwater site; he takes a lead role in the future vision for the site and the establishment of long term relationships with regional, national and international partners who will be influential in achieving an optimal future for the site. Prior to founding Salamanca Group, Martin served as an officer in the British Army. He has a MBA from Reading University and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1997, Martin rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in a boat named Salamanca.
Sharon Waterman, was appointed to the position of Education Improvement Director for Leigh Academies Trust in April 2017 and has 25 years’ experience in education, 12 of which were in senior leadership. Previously Sharon was Principal at The Leigh Academy, one of the strongest non-selective secondary academies in Kent and the founding academy of Leigh Academies Trust. The Trust now proudly comprises of 17 open academies and 4 in pre-opening phase. Sharon is responsible for leading the Academy Improvement Strategy across all the schools. She is passionate about young people and enabling them to thrive in and beyond education.
Lord David Triesman has an expansive career; as a politician he was responsible for the Prime Minister’s political organisation (2001-2004); served as Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office; and later in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills; and held ministerial roles in Energy, Business and Higher Education, and Europe. He took the 2004 Energy Act through Parliament. Lord Triesman was also appointed as a Lord in Waiting to HMQ in 2004. Currently a Group Director at Salamanca Group, focused on developing business opportunities and building academic links to a major real estate development site in Somerset. David, currently sits as a non-executive director at Havana International Bank, and leading the development of a new investment business in Cuba. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Advisory Board at Templewood Merchant Bank, a Board Member of Wembley National Stadium, Chairman of the Football Association and an Advisory Board member at UBS. He has held academic appointments as an economist at London University, London South Bank University, The University of Cambridge and two American Universities.
Our Advisory Board experience spans:
the number of teachers that Bounce Forward has trained to date
“We have been teaching resilience since 2014 and reached 1,500 students. We have embedded lessons firmly into our year 7 curriculum so that students are able to manage themselves in their new environment and are learning skills that will be useful as they move through the school. We have seen the impact of the resilience lessons for students first hand; they have greater confidence, more accurate and flexible thinking styles and a greater willingness to talk about their concerns and feelings.”
the number of schools that Bounce Forward has trained to date
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