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 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.
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.
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.
Marketing & Communications Executive
Matty is a dynamic professional with an entrepreneurial instinct and many years marketing experience in a multitude of industries. In 2014, Matty graduated Bournemouth University with a marketing degree and has since worked for a Fortune 500 company, helped Kenyan entrepreneurs setup businesses and run his own social media marketing agency. Matty is passionate about offering young people the best possible start in life.
School Engagement Consultant
Lee has 20 years’ experience as a qualified teacher, school leader and professional coach working in primary, secondary and special needs schools. In all his roles Lee’s aim has been to help schools create positive organisational climates for their staff and pupils to achieve personal growth and flourish. In 2012, he became a full time professional well-being and performance coach; speaking and writing about positive psychology, meaning and identity. Lee has worked successfully with schools in reducing work related stress. Lee has a PGCE in Education, a BSc in Chemistry and is in his final year at Buckinghamshire New University studying for an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology. He is also part of our training delivery team and is an Organisational Member of the Association for Coaching (OMAC) and an Award Accredited Coach Trainer (AACT).
School Engagement Consultant
Joanna has 20 years’ experience as Deputy Headteacher in a large secondary school. For the last ten years she was responsible for student management, pastoral care and safeguarding. She trained as a PRP teacher and introduced resilience lessons. She chaired the local Pastoral Leads Group which included deputy heads and pastoral leads from 15 secondary schools. This group became a key forum for sharing good practice and was instrumental in forging links with local and national agencies. Before teaching Joanna studied at the Royal Academy of Music and gained a GRSM (Hons) and LRAM. She has a Post Graduate Certificate of Education, MA in Educational Management and the National Professional Qualification for Headship.
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
Robert Craig is working towards systemic impact in education as COO of the Skills Builder Partnership and was treasurer of an alternative provision school for five years. He is a qualified accountant with a legal education, having started his career as a strategy consultant at KPMG before working in policy and social investment. Robert is passionate about equality of opportunity in education with a focus on delivering measurable outcomes.
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.”
the number of schools that Bounce Forward has trained to date
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