About us

Here at BounceBack, we have over twenty years’ experience in the human resources, employment law and training industries. As a result, we’ve seen first-hand how the stresses of the modern world can start to take its toll on people’s mental health.

We’ve discovered that simply putting policies in place at work will not suffice when it comes to wellbeing. One problem is how wellbeing policies are measured in terms of productivity, or lost working hours because of employee absence brought on by stress.

Looking at mental health in this way fails to address the issue, and only concentrates on how profitable people are from a business perspective. This in itself will only add to the problem, and make people more stressed in time.

As a result, many workplace wellbeing programmes simply do not work. Schemes offering perks or treats are going to be wholly ineffective when the causes of stress are not being addressed first.

Other wellbeing programmes place responsibility on the individual to ‘help themselves’. While there are techniques we can use, overall resilience to stress is gained through a collaborative effort between the individual and the employer, through clear communication and skilled leadership.

At BounceBack, we’ve used our extensive experience to create eLearning experiences that explore the root causes of stress, and apply the theories that can help tackle them. What’s more, our courses also teach employers what they need to do to back up these techniques at work.

By applying our exercises to everyday scenarios regularly, we believe that anyone can learn how to bounce back from almost any situation.

Meet the Team

Neil Atkinson

Managing Director

Neil is our managing director and the founder of BounceBack. He previously co-founded an HR and Employment Law outsourcing firm, so has extensive knowledge of what is required for people to be able to perform at their best at work and at home.

After writing a book on employee engagement, Neil realised that many wellbeing programmes were simply policy-based and ineffective for helping with peoples’ mental health. Therefore, Neil founded BounceBack with the intention of creating eLearning & supporting material that explores the root causes of stress and the theories that can help tackle them.

Away from wellbeing and human resources, Neil has studied bio-chemistry at the University of Reading. He set up his first business importing and selling ISDN cards from France, before designing and producing custom business location maps until 2007.

When he’s not busy in his role as MD, Neil can often be found either on the slopes or on the race track as a keen skier and aspiring Formula One driver.

Sam Corcoran

Director

Sam is our director at BounceBack. After graduating from the University of Derby, she later completed a post graduate diploma in Training and Performance Management at the University of Leicester.

Sam has over 20 years’ experience within human resources and learning & development. She has worked in a variety of HR management roles across several industries, including manufacturing, retail and business consultancy.

Due to her broad range of experience with HR and employee engagement, Sam knows how important wellbeing and resilience is in both people’s professional and personal lives. With BounceBack, she is able to put that experience to good use by developing and delivering bespoke, practical solutions that really helps.

Away from work, Sam likes to spend time with her family. As she’s outnumbered by her boys (including the dog), she has had to develop a love of hanging around freezing cold football pitches most weekends!

David Ralph

Copywriter/Digital Content

David is our copywriter and digital content creator. His role involves researching and writing our eLearning & supporting material so it is both accurate and engaging for our learners to use.

David has previously written training courses and content for Neil’s HR firm and has experience of writing for several newspapers, magazines and eLearning developers. His research skills are second to none, which might explain his appearances on TV quizzes Pointless and The Chase!

Graduating from Teesside University in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Business Management, David also subsequently gained the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

David also likes to keep fit, and can be found either road racing or running cross country with his local athletics club.

Chris Swindells

Graphic/Web Designer

Chris is our digital designer, and is in charge of making all our courses and learning materials look as accessible and attractive to use as possible.

Chris started his career in retail whilst studying for his degree in Advertising/Creative Practice. Since then, he has had gained a wealth of design and media experience by working for a number of publications as well as undertaking a variety of freelance work.

When he’s not perfecting his designs, Chris likes to run, go to the gym, practice yoga, and is an all-round health conscious person. This can sometimes have the unintended side effect of making others in the BounceBack office feel guilty for indulging in too many biscuits!