We are Bounce Forward – a charity dedicated to teaching resilience skills, so the young can navigate through our complex world. Founded by Emma Judge and Lucy Bailey in 2009, Bounce Forward (formerly How to Thrive) was incubated within Hertfordshire County Council for the first 7 years and became an independent charity in 2016.
We are the only organisation in Europe with a license to teach the Penn Resilience Programme.
Our core principles:
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 ten years Lucy has focused on education and has been instrumental in embedding resilience curricular in schools and services across the UK. 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.
Julie Newbury is Bounce Forward, Training Coordinator. Julie has been with the team since we established our independent charity status in 2016. She has 15 years’ experience in support roles, 13 in children services within a large local authority. Julie support roles span social care, asylum seekers and foster care. Julie is the first port of contact for the schools and partners we work with and provided support and coordination for the final 2 years of Healthy Minds. She has the PRINCE2 certificate in Project Management, BTEC in Business Studies and an advanced diploma in Information Technology.
School Engagement Consultant
Suzana Mirkovic is one of the Bounce Forward School Engagement Consultants who joined in 2018. Suzana provides an essential listening and engaging role, an ambassador for liaising with schools and helping meet the challenges they and their pupils face. Suzana offers deep understanding of schools having worked in them for over 7 years. Her broad experience ranges from nursery, primary and secondary schools and FE College. She has experience in both independent and state provision and has delivered a broad range of different roles. Suzana is passionate about education and has carried this through all of her work and studies. She has a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Education, a Diploma in Child Care and is fluent in two languages; English and Serbo-Croat (native speakers of Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Croatia).
Marketing & Communications Executive
Molly is a marketing and design professional with a broad range of experience spanning digital and in-print content, design and advertising and event planning. After graduating university with a degree in journalism, Molly has worked in UK and Australian universities to help perfect their marketing campaigns. Alongside marketing, she is a crisis counsellor, mental health speaker and runs events to promote open conversation about mental health.
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.
School Engagement Consultant
Steve Lilly has 25 years of secondary school experience as a classroom teacher, faculty head, assessment manager, special educational needs co-ordinator and senior team member. In 2003 he became Behaviour and Attendance Consultant for Hertfordshire County Council where he provided training and support for all county schools and intensive support for those experiencing difficulties. Steve played an integral part in the roll out of the Penn Resilience Programme to Hertfordshire schools, and led a national project to integrate Social Emotional Aspects Learning (SEAL) and the PRP, writing an article on the work for publication by Optimus Education.
Curriculum Development Executive
River Ferreira has 17 years of curriculum development; corporate training, teaching and personnel management experience. He has spent the last 7 years working in education in North America, Asia, and Europe, including 5 years teaching and aiding curriculum development with the Saitama Board of Education in Japan. He has taught exam preparatory courses, led technical writing in Europe and program development for online-learning institutions. River has a Bachelor of Arts and Business Studies degree from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada and post-graduate studies in Curriculum and Instruction: Law, Justice and Ethics in Education.
School Engagement Consultant
Dawn joined Bounce Forward as a School Engagement Consultant in October 2018 and brings a wealth of experience to the team. Nine years ago, after a successful career in recruitment and marketing, she re-trained as a teacher. Having gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) she has spent the last 8 years as a KS2 teacher. She worked alongside a committed team, teaching and supporting a wide spectrum of pupils including a higher than average number of vulnerable children and feels passionately that both teachers and students need support to help them thrive and achieve. While working as a classroom teacher, Dawn used her commercial experience and Batchelor of Arts in Marketing, Accounting and Computing to teach children how to run their own business to generate income for the school. The children were highly successful, achieving 3rd place in a national business competition and just one example of the many creative ways Dawn has used to engage her pupils in learning. Dawn is passionate about educating the whole child and helping them achieve their potential.
Chair of Trustees
Jo Owen (Chair), founding member of Teach First and seven other not for profit organisations with a collective turnover of over £100 million. Jo has deep experience of education, not for profits and building businesses. He was a partner at Accenture, started a bank and has built businesses in Japan, Europe and North America. He is also an award-winning author on leadership, and his books have been published in over 100 editions globally. Jo was awarded an OBE for services to education in 2014.
Co-founder & Vice Chair
Emma Judge (Vice Chair) is Co-founder of Bounce Forward and a Psychologist with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Lead Trainer for the University of Pennsylvania on the Penn Resilience Programme and works across the public, educational and private sectors. Emma has been involved in the UK implementation of the PRP and has a strategic role in the Healthy Minds project. Emma speaks and teaches about positive psychology, well-being and emotional resilience, and is working towards a PhD in Organisational Health and Well-Being at Lancaster University.
Finance Chair & Trustee
Lee Camp (Finance Chair), as Group Finance Director, Lee is responsible for the overall management and control of Salamanca Group’s finances and foreign exchange client offering. Lee has over 20 years’ experience in international finance working and advising across varying sectors ranging from SaaS and Fintech, Consumer Retail and Media, through to Private Equity and Financial Services. Lee qualified with Lubbock Fine and has held senior roles at Stephen James BMW and Marshall Group. Before joining Salamanca Group, he worked at Mimecast which is now listed on Nasdaq. Lee is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.
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.
Mike Westcott, joined National Grid in January 2007 as group HR director. He is responsible for setting and delivering the global HR agenda in line with the commercial strategy of the group and works closely with the board on remuneration and nominations. From within National Grid he is a champion of the Young Offenders Programme, offering employment to young offenders and reducing the reoffending rates to less than 7% compared to a national average of 50%. Mike is currently a Trustee with the charity Centre Point and was also a member of the London Skills and Employment Board, which was chaired by the former Mayor, Boris Johnson.
Russell Hobby, joined Teach First as CEO in September 2017 building on more than 15 years developing and promoting leadership in schools. Prior to joining Teach First Russell was General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), which represents over 29,000 school leaders in the UK and before that, worked as a management consultant, founding Hay’s Group education practice, where he worked directly with leadership teams in hundreds of schools.
A diverse training team of 30 specialists deliver the Bounce Forward training courses:
Our Advisory Board experience spans:
the number of teachers that Bounce Forward has trained to date
“We have been teaching resilience for 4 years and reached 900 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 PRP 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.”
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