The Bounce Back team

Our team has grown year on year as our projects have expanded.

Our people are recruited for their passion and their specialist skills. Within our teams 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. Click here to see the positions we are currently recruiting to fill.

Meet our project leads below:


A Director for a number of charities for over 20 years, Shirley’s passion is a belief in people, that everyone should have the opportunity to thrive and lead fulfilling lives.
Her work in secondary education, witnessing the level of disadvantage some young people faced, inspired a change of direction, and she joined DISC (now Humankind), where she worked her way from practitioner to Director for Employment Services, and onto creating their Business Development capabilities to secure their future. Joining CGL in 2010, Shirley was responsible for a portfolio of services, in and out of prisons across Scotland and England, before becoming their Director for Culture nationally.
Joining Bounce Back Shirley has come full circle, back to her passion and roots of education and employment. Shirley has held trustee positions for Whole in My Bucket and Citizens Advice Bureau where she now acts as a co-opted advisor.
You should know: Shirley loves the outdoors, including hiking hills with her dog and to travel.

Shirley Riley

Director for Bounce Back

Mary has a passion for education, believing that people never stop learning, no matter how young or old, or what their background is. Ever open to new adventures, Mary has lived and worked in multiple countries. She has been involved in the charity sector internationally for over 20 years. She is currently a Trustee for a music therapy charity based in Lambeth.
Mary has built up a wide-ranging skill set from working in both the banking sector and the educational sector. Feeling the need to bounce in a different direction, she moved into the criminal justice sector. As Deputy Director of Bounce Back, Mary leads on operational strategy, finance, facilities and IT. Mental health first aid and wellbeing are a passion.
You should know: Mary can run in high heels

Mary Suphi

Deputy Director for Bounce Back

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

Employment Services Manager

With over 25 years experience within the criminal justice system providing strategic and fundraising support for small charities Kate has received several awards including The Butler Trust Award for exceptional support for marginalised people.
Having worked with, and advised, several Philanthropists and large grant giving Trusts and Foundations on areas of need of funding, and the importance of good and regular evaluation, Kate believes building relationships with like-minded funders requires a careful, comprehensive and strategic approach.

Kate Ruby

Head of DIVERT

Karen has worked in Apprenticeship training and spent a significant number of years working in Further Education; with an emphasis on support and wellbeing. She was a proud leader of a team of Personal Tutors – otherwise known as superheroes, taking care of the welfare needs of thousands of students each year. In this role she grew a huge network of professionals who helped to develop the personal and social curriculum . One thing she is very proud of is that every student had the opportunity to improve their employability skills and had a work ready interview with volunteers as part of their social responsibility commitments. For the past five years she has worked in Offender Learning in Youth Custody where she has learned about prison education contracts and supported young people to be successful in their next steps.

You should know that Karen loves to change her hair colour and has been just about every colour apart from green

Karen Baker

Head of Training

Fadzai has been working in the charity sector for over 10 years. She is a skilled fundraiser a track record in securing six figure grants from Trust and Foundations, corporate partners, major donors, events and campaigns. As the Head of Innovation & Growth at Bounce Back, Fadzai leads on raising much needed funds.
You should know: Fadzai enjoys traveling.

Fadzai Dzimwasha

Head of Innovation & Growth


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