The Bounce Back team

The Bounce Back team has grown year on year as our programme has expanded.

Staff are recruited for their passion for the cause and their specialist skills. Many have strong links with the criminal justice system for whatever reason and includes some who know from personal experience the challenge of coming out of prison and the need for trust and support.


Francesca Findlater

Founder of Bounce Back and CEO

After a 20 year career in design and branding including at board level with Omnicom Group, Francesca started employing ex-offenders in a CSR capacity within her graphic design partnership in 2009. This led to her finding skilled partners to create the Charity and Social Enterprise Bounce Back. A published writer, art collector and philanthropist her passions have taken her to work on projects with fashion co-operatives in Vietnam and Cambodia bringing collections over to sell in the UK, supporting communities in Vietnam in 1998, as well as working with creative groups in London.

Fran started Bounce Back with a strong desire to have impact on peoples lives and give them a 2nd chance.

Debbie Akehurst 

Head of Business Development and Strategy 

Debbie has worked for over 20 years in Regeneration specialising in Policy, Social Justice and Social Mobility. She has led regeneration projects and developed employment programmes to support people into employment. Having worked in the Property Industry for the last 8 years as Head of Economy and Communities she brings a wealth of knowledge to the organisation.

Kathryn Michaels

Head of Operations

During a long established career in Local Government, Kathryn’s broad experience leading large teams and driving business growth have been a huge asset within Bounce Back.  With a background in Project Management and programme delivery with large and small teams, her expertise in compliance and contractual management has enabled the organisation to drive change and ongoing cultural improvement.

Rahamatt “Wayne” Lewis

Resettlement Services Manager 

A Butler Trust winner, Wayne is a qualified career adviser, coach and mentor, with over 15 years experience of working on the Government’s welfare to work agenda.  He has been supporting in the niches of employment, skills and personal development of offenders and ex-offenders and other marginalised groups since 2005.

Weldeab Ghebremedhin

Contracts Manager

One of our first participants, Waldeab has been through the entire programme to become a senior trainer. He is now continuing to train on site as well as supervising the teams. A desire to continually expand his qualifications has enabled him to progressively develop his role.




We source our trainers from site so each has specialist skills and construction industry experience. Our Training Teams deliver our programmes across the prison estate and in the community.



Our Painting and Decorating Social Enterprise employs up to 30 qualified decorators at any one time. These are predominantly people who have been through our training course either in prison or in the community. All are fully qualified and are either with us for a short period of time, using the opportunity as a stepping stone into work or as a more long term career option.



We have strong team of 6 case workers who offer ongoing support to people in and out of prison as well as employers. They have all been selected for their experience and dedication.  They all have a unique passion to secure the best possible outcome for their candidates. 

As well as a Head of Resettlement we also have a Project and a Programme Guidance Manager in place. 



We work with masters students from Cambridge University Learning Together Programme for our evaluation. For other specialist skills we use expertise on an ad hoc basis.



Charles Appleton


Charles is a founder of KPMG’s Development Advisory Services and a partner in KPMG East Africa. He is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience. Charles is the Vice Chair of KPMG’s International Development Services and the Chairman of ‘Alive and Kicking’, a successful not-for-profit social enterprise in Kenya, linking the poorest children to sports and other social initiatives.

Mark Essex

Trustee, Director, Public Policy

Mark is a strategy and policy adviser at KPMG in the UK.  He is a critical thinker who applies disruptive thinking to public policy challenges. Mark helps the Bouncebackboard to find innovative solutions to solve problems and grab opportunities.



Simon Hall


With significant management experience in local government, the housing industry, at Director and board member level, social housing and the community and voluntary sector, Simon has a strong track record of delivering large scale projects. Simon is involved with staffing, attracting new investment, infrastructure and governance.

Antony Theodorou LL.B., MASC

Trustee and Board Director

As a qualified Barrister, Antony’s career has spanned the private and public sector across a range of industries globally. He brings a wealth of experience to the Board especially in the areas of growth strategy, corporate finance and corporate governance.

Advisory Board

We benefit from the vast skills and experience of several professionals on our Advisory Board.

  • Nick Armstrong (Q.C. Matrix Chambers)
  • Robert Botten (STC Training)
  • Jonathan Chandler (Reputation Inc)
  • Mat Corbett (Consultant)
  • Andy Coulson (Consultant)
  • Veronica Daly (Kings College)
  • Patrick Degg (Consultant)
  • Denise Dyment (Consultant)
  • Paul Elliott (Cbe, Mbe, Dec)
  • Tom Flanagan  (Solicitor)
  • Clive Kendall (Accountant)
  • Anabel Loyd (Author, NGO Consultant)
  • Faye Melley (KPMG)
  • Debby Mendoza (Filmaker)
  • Kevin Moore (Stepney City Farm)
  • Robert Pilkington (Consultant)
  • Nick Ralphs (Consultant)
  • Keiron Tilley (Consultant)
  • Simon Vallance (Integrated Offender Management)
  • Frank Warren (Boxing Promoter)
  • Tom Watt (Journalist, Actor and Author)

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