We are Bounce Forward – a charity dedicated and passionate about resilience as the key to personal development of students.
We believe that teaching resilience is essential and should be a core feature of education. Yes in schools, colleges and universities, but also within any development journey.
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. In 2019 we transformed our approach, working intensively with educators, psychologists, academics and young people to deliver practical, relevant and flexible solutions.
Our core principles:
Create the conditions for a radically reimagined 21st century where young people drive the change towards more helpful and less harmful behaviour.
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Lucy Bailey is Chief Executive Officer and 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. Lucy's top five strengths are
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 is a skilled events and project manager with experience across a range of sectors. She is a PRINCE2® Registered Practitioner, with experience of working for global organisations in international roles, skilled in business strategy development, lead generation and recruitment. Elisha is fluent in Spanish, and an exceptional communicator who thrives when developing relationships both internally and externally. Initially Elisha reached out to Bounce Forward to volunteer because she is passionate about helping children, young people and the adults around them, thrive. She quickly become an integral part of our innovation, growth and operations. Elisha brings business experience, flexibility of thought, energy and a creative approach to respond to her demanding management role. Elisha's top five strengths are
Jack has a degree in Sports Business and Coaching, a Sport Leaders UK Level 3 certificate and FA Level 1 Coaching Badge. He has over 5 years’ experience working with children and parents through coaching, working as an Administrator at a pre-school and Performance Analyst at Stevenage Football Club. Jack worked part-time throughout his time at University and is now determined to use his practical experiences and build on his skills and knowledge in this new role with Bounce Forward. Jack's top five strengths are
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.
Bounce Forward Think Equal Executive Trainer
Shenel has 13 years experience as teacher of psychology and lead on personal, social, emotional learning in a variety of settings, including state and private schools, faith and secular environments. 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. 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 a Marketing Director 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.
Ambassador for Corporate Sponsorship
BSc, MA, Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society Voula has been an Ambassador for Bounce Forward in different guises over many years. She is currently supporting us to build corporate relationships as part of our next phase of growth. Voula told us "during my career I gained training and experience in a wide range of psychological change methodologies. In 2005, when a colleague asked me to join the Bounce Forward (then How to Thrive) team, I agreed, impressed and inspired by their vision of good mental health for children. I had no idea, at the time, how the method would impact me so powerfully, both personally and professionally. Over the years I adapted and used the methods extensively in my leadership work, where the power of the material has never ceased to impress me." From 1989 – 2018 Voula was the Founder and CEO of Grand Shearman Consulting Ltd, a successful business and leadership psychology practice. During this period, she consulted to international businesses, providing 1:1 coaching, and leadership development programmes to Senior Executives in multi-national business corporations, for example: Diageo, Direct Line, Firmenich, National Grid. Voula retired from her professional life in 2018, when her brother died suddenly, prompting her to change direction and follow her other passion in life: creative writing. She is a novelist and a psychology non-fiction writer, combining her passions for psychology and writing in two non-fiction titles currently in development:Resilience for Writers and Grieving for Tino: Resilient Bereavement an application of contemporary psychological theory to grief.
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 is Managing Director of Waterman Coaching and Consultancy. She is an experienced executive leader with over 28 years in education. Her successful career in education spans senior leader and executive positions in schools in Northampton, Kent and London including Education Director for Leigh Academies Trust (2017 - 2021) and Principal at The Leigh Academy (2011 - 2017), one of the strongest non-selective secondary academies in Kent and the founding academy of the Leigh Academies Trust. Sharon has been a Bounce Forward Trustee since the beginning, bringing her passion for enabling people to be the very best version of themselves, to help shape and grow the charity. She has been instrumental in the roll out of Healthy Minds, training for trainee teachers, and in shaping the Mastering Resilience for Leaders in Education programme that is accredited by Kent University. Her extensive experience in leading schools and creative approach to breaking into new ground are just a couple of reasons why we are delighted to have Sharon on the board.
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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