The CHP Team

Meet the people who run The Children’s Health Project, and are as passionate about health and wellbeing as you are.

Ilse Brockling

Founder & Director

Ilse founded The Children’s Health Project CIC three years ago with a passion for helping children thrive in our modern world, while knowing how difficult it was for teachers to plan and resource health and wellbeing at the same time as developing their subject-leader skills. Her career started in Primary teaching eighteen years ago, where she specialised in Physical Education and PSHE and eventually became an education consultant full time. Ilse now spends her time leading our Health Ambassador programme for subject leaders, creating the lesson plans, resources and tools for our Academy, and working 1:1 with schools on a consultancy basis for bespoke health and wellbeing advice. It’s Ilse’s role to ensure we stay up to date with changes in education, and to keep in touch with the inspiring teachers we work with.

Personally, Ilse is passionate about healthy eating, moving daily and challenging herself with outdoor and adventurous activities. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, swimming in the sea, learning Pilates, playing golf, hiking the South West Coast Path and learning about self-development.

Rachel McSweeney

Project Co-ordinator and Tutor (East of England)

Rachel works with us to deliver our Children’s Workshops, Parent Workshops and Teacher Health and Wellbeing programmes in the East of England. She has been an inspiring teacher of physical education and food technology in secondary schools for fourteen years, and passionately believes in creating cross-curricular learning opportunities in all subjects of health and wellbeing. She can often be found writing new schemes of work for food technology, and supporting parents outside of work to lead healthier lifestyles with their families. Rachel has worked with us to develop many of the activities you will see in the Academy, including our new lunchtime games package, arriving in 2019/20, and some of the new recipes you will see this year.

Rachel has children in Year 1 and Reception and enjoys all physical challenges, especially triathlons, training in the gym and daily movement with her family. She works hard to maintain the health of her whole family, cooking nutritious meals and snacks, while enjoying all foods in moderation.

James Melligan

Partnership Director

James joined the Children's Health Project in 2019, with the belief that the most important foundation for all young people is their physical health and mental wellbeing.  James has  fifteen years experience in secondary education including extensive middle & senior leadership roles, most recently as an Assistant Headteacher. Whilst working in education, he has also been heavily involved in sports coaching, leading overseas trips and outdoor education, including the Duke of Edinburgh award. With this experience, James is keen to ensure that all the schools we support have a fully embedded health and well-being program that has a lasting legacy for all pupils, with meaningful impact.   He will be working with corporate partners, and with education groups, to support schools to join The Children’s Health Project.

Personally, James enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits including hiking, cycling, skiing and kayaking, as well as playing golf and cricket, and going to the gym. In his spare time, James loves to cook healthy meals, and with this, will be working with schools on their cooking lessons.

Sacha Robinson

Project Tutor (East of England)

Sacha delivers many of our Midday Assistant workshops, and Health Champion (the new Playleader!) workshops in Primary schools around the East of England. Sacha is a passionate sports coach, who has worked in schools for many years. She has extensive knowledge in many fields of physical education, and enjoys developing her own resources to support teachers and pupils in PE lessons. She is passionate about helping support schools with their lunchtimes – ensuring movement games are taking place outside, and food education is delivered in a calm dinner hall environment. Sacha is also one of our Health Ambassadors at a school in the East of England, which means she has in-depth knowledge of how the Project can be delivered throughout the whole school.

Sacha has two children, and enjoys many sports herself, as well as travelling the world at every opportunity. She is a keen photographer, and has worked with the Project to photograph many of our training courses and children’s workshops.

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