The Bounce Back team

Our team has grown year on year as our programme has expanded.

Staff are recruited for their passion and their specialist skills. Many have strong links with the criminal justice system and know from personal experience the challenge of coming out of prison and the need for trust, support and a job.


Julian’s passion is helping people achieve their potential and he has led community, arts and business improvement charities as well as commercial enterprises most recently creating the Education Support Partnership delivering mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools, colleges and uni's.
A qualified executive coach, Julian has advised major corporate clients including M&S and The NHS as well as Headteachers and leadership teams. His early career in theatre, TV and radio involved extensive work with excluded young people and diverse communities and he is Vice-Chair of a school improvement board for United Learning Multi Academy Trust.
With Julian’s wealth of experience in education and employment services he brings invaluable knowledge to drive new and exciting learning routes.
You should know: Julian loves cooking and yoga.

Julian Stanley

CEO Bouncing since January 2021

Fran founded the Bounce Back social enterprise in 2010, originally as a CSR project from her business, recruiting people leaving prison to create a team of decorators to work around London. Following a long corporate career in communications, in 2011 the prison leaver project gradually took over and led to her forming Bounce Back, the Award Winning Charity and Social Enterprise and building a team around her.
Taking an active role in the growth and innovation at Bounce Back remains her passion as she works alongside Julian, the new CEO to drive change. On the Board of Think Through Nutrition and working in an advisory capacity with, amongst others, The London College of Fashion Making for Change programme, she is enthusiastically involved with a number of social enterprises including Cockpit Arts and Green Rooms Hotel.
You should know: Fran love Bees.

Francesca Findlater OBE

Executive Founder in 2010

Kathryn has had a long and established career in Local Government leading small and large teams and driving business growth. With a background in Project Management and programme delivery her expertise incorporates compliance and contractual management.
Bringing her broad experience to Bounce Back she has driven great change and growth within the organisation as well as ongoing cultural improvement.
You should know: Kathryn loves painting

Kathryn Michaels

Head of Operations Bouncing since 2017

Jo brings a variety of skills gained from a varied career in charity development, fundraising and operations management. She uses these skills to identify and connect with a wide variety of funders who enable us to deliver our innovative projects. Jo is a fellow of the RSA and has a Masters’ from Warwick Business School.

You should know: Jo has been a trifle maker in the past

Joanne Black

Bouncing since 2015

We are currently recruiting for this position. If you would like to bounce with us get in touch.

In recruitment

Business Development & Communities

Claire has been involved with recruitment, talent and people development since 2002. At Working Chance she built the UK's first charity dedicated to supporting
women leaving the criminal justice and care systems into jobs. Returning to the private sector Claire then joining a CIPD Award winning HR
consultancy to advise, facilitate and develop great places to work for FTSE 100 organisations.

Building on her network and working in tandem to developments within the MOJ Claire joined us to provide strategic advice. Claire has recruited some of our best talent enabling the successful launch of our NGB & VCTF projects and managed the recruitment for our CEO.

You should know: Claire cannot sing - but loves to sing.

Claire Saint

Mobilisation Manager
Bouncing since 2020

After a career Account Directing in full service marketing agencies working with FMCG and B2B clients, Gail joined Fran's marketing consultancy as a freelancer in 2000 alongside other clients/consultants.
Working with Fran as Bounce Back evolved Gail has been involved from the beginning. She has helped with the creation of the brand, it’s personality and it’s assets and, having developed an in depth understanding of the sector along the way, she now oversees the marketing and communications across the organisation.
You should know: Gail keeps active with horses and a dog

Gail Stephens

Marketing and Communications
Bouncing since 2011

Lenny has worked in FE for 10 years both teaching and assessing vocational construction for organisations including Academy Training and Tower Hamlets, Hackney and West Thames college. Finding a passion for helping people, working closely with curriculum managers, Lenny made it his mission to pass on his skills and experience and grasped an appetite for developing those from disadvantaged and troubled backgrounds as he shared similar life experiences.

Then becoming a lead trainer Lenny joined Bounce Back using his experience and dedication to leads our team of trainers based in a number of prisons and the community,

You should know: Lenny loves music and waffles with Nutella

Lenny Watson

Head of Quality and Skills
Bouncing since 2016

With his broad experience and the necessary skills to drive the team members Dabz is the outstanding head of the Social Enterprise. He leads with a genuine knowledge of where people have ‘come from’ and the issues they need support with. Part caseworker, part trainer and part site manager, he genuinely understands projects from the point of view of the team as well as the client. His ongoing desire to continually expand his qualifications has enabled him to progressively develop his role with Bounce Back and the opportunities continue to grow to broaden the expertise of the team. With a genuine understands every aspect of our programme having been involved in every department from the start Dabs brings his experience to head up Social Enterprise.
You should know: Turn the b round - he is an amazing dad

Weldeab (Dabs) Ghebremedhin

Head of Contracts Bouncing since 2010

John has been involved in employment & skills initiatives and supporting communities for ten years. Leading on award winning programmes across London & the South East, John helped Remploy to establish supported internships with employers such as Transport for London, Sofitel and Kingston Hospital, leading to career pathways for those with disabilities. John then steered Islington Council's Employer Engagement and Section 106 teams to create employment programmes for local underrepresented groups, providing local employment insights for residents and encourage local anchor institutions to adhere to their social value commitments.
John brings his focus on skills development and employment to head up our case management team.
You should know: John is an avid vinyl record collector

John Ajakaiye

Head of Case Management
Bouncing since 2020

Case Management

Suzanne Ring – Senior Case Manager


Emma George – Resettlement Case Manager


Alice Roberts – Resettlement Services Co-Ordinator



Paulette has more than 20 years' experience in developing, operationalising, and improving services/outcomes for vulnerable young people and adults within the employability and learning & skills sector with valuable specialism within custody and the community.
She was instrumental to the successful development of the first coherent pan London Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) service - a pioneering project for prisoners successfully demonstrating the benefit of impartial information and advice to enable offenders to up skill and improve chances of finding employment on release.
Paulette brings her skills to the No Going Back programme preparing people in custody for jobs on release.
You should know: Paulette is an amazing singer

Paulette Jackson

NGB Project Lead
Bouncing since 2020

No Going Back team

Lara Johnstone – Engagement Manager


Tanito Femi-Idowu –  NGB Co-ordinator


Monique Carty – NGB Engagement Manager

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Matt is a retired Met Detective having served 30yrs mainly in the CID across South London. His main area of expertise was investigation however he particularly enjoyed working with prolific offenders across Lambeth to prevent them from reoffending. He also led the investigation into the 2011 Brixton riots.
Bringing his extensive experience and knowledge, Matt joined Bounce Back to launch and head up our Violent Crime Taskforce project - an early intervention programme working with our partners at DIVERT and the Met Police.
You should know: Matt enjoys wandering around golf courses looking for his golf ball!

Matt Price

VCTF Interventions Project Manager
Bouncing since 2020

VCTF team

Norma Francis  –  Engagement Manager


Francesca McNulty – Training Administration Manager



Saulius Sliachus – Book Keeper


Office Admin

Marijke de Jongh – Office Manager


Governance and Trustees

Mark Essex

Mark is now a director of skills at KPMG in the UK.  He is a critical thinker who applies disruptive thinking to public policy challenges. For the last 3 years as chair and trustee Mark has steered the Bounce Back board to find innovative solutions to sector challenges.

  • Sheena Asthana
  • Rachel Atkinson
  • Nicholas Burstin
  • Jean Daintith
  • Craig Denholm
  • John Harris
  • Rahul Jaitly
  • Stuart McMinnies
  • Alexander Pringle
  • Andreas Raffel
  • Caroline Shuldham

Advisory Board

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

  • Debbie Akehurst (Consultant)
  • Charles Appleton (Consultant)
  • Nick Armstrong (Q.C. Matrix Chambers)
  • Paul Barnes (CEO, Association of International Retail)
  • Peter Begg (Out for Good advisory)
  • Robert Botten (STC Training)
  • Jonathan Chandler (Quiller)
  • Andy Coulson (Consultant)
  • Veronica Daly (Kings College)
  • Patrick Degg (Consultant)
  • Christopher D’Souza (Lambeth)
  • Denise Dyment (Consultant)
  • Paul Elliott (Cbe, Mbe, Dec)
  • Tom Flanagan  (Solicitor)
  • Simon Hall (Consultant)
  • Clive Kendall (Accountant)
  • Simon King (Consultant)
  • Anabel Loyd (Author, NGO Consultant)
  • Nick Marcou (Commodity Dealer)
  • Faye Melley (KPMG)
  • Debby Mendoza (Filmaker)
  • Robert Mills (Education Consultant)
  • Kevin Moore (Consultant)
  • Robert Pilkington (Consultant)
  • Nick Ralphs (Consultant)
  • Chris Ridley (Finance)
  • Kate Quigley Ruby (Youth Support)
  • Gerard Strahan (Out for Good advisory)
  • Keiron Tilley (Consultant)
  • Anton Theodorou LL.B., MASC (Barrister)
  • Frank Warren (Boxing Promoter)
  • Tom Watt (Journalist, Actor and Author)
  • Amanda Williams (Corporate Guidance)
  • Tom Wright (Consultant)

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