Meet the Team

Children for Health was launched at London’s National Theatre on March 7th, 2013. We became a registered charity four months later – on July 7th, 2013.

The team consists of Clare Hanbury, Founder and CEO of Children for Health, working with a group of consultants, volunteers, students and associates. Thank you in particular to Amy, George, David & Liz. Thank you too to our very active Trustees: Tobias, Madeleine, Anise & Shelley.

In the early days we would not be what we are without wise counsel and support from Ian, Claire, Helen, Ken, David, Ellie, Jay, Mark, Mel, Dominic, Kirsten, Bibiche, Lourenco, Steve, Nate, Madeleine, Anise, Stephen, Paula, Shelley, Satchee, Jenny, George and Mike A – who have all given their time and made a significant contribution to our work since we launched.

In 2015 our inaugural, “Hawes and Morely Prize for Outstanding Partnership”  was awarded to Bibiche Sangwa and Lourenco Govate, both colleagues in the Mozambique-based PCAAN programme. In 2016, this prize was awarded to Paula Valentine, Save the Children.

  • Core Team

    Use the tabs above to meet the Core Team that makes Children for Heath work.

  • Clare Hanbury, Director

    Clare has worked in international education and development since 1983. She is first and foremost a practitioner. Clare started her career as a classroom teacher and worked in schools in Kenya and Hong Kong. For seven years, Clare was the programme officer for The Child-to-Child Trust. During that time she was involved in work with numerous UN organisations and international non-government organisations like Save the Children promoting children’s participation in health. She also worked with several Ministries of Health and Education in countries in Africa training and developing teaching materials and health education curricula. Clare was the Director of the child-focused charity, Learning for Life UK, promoting education for girls in India, Nepal and Pakistan.

    Between 1999 to 2013, Clare worked as an independent consultant based in Cambridge. She is an expert in developing simple, effective information on child health and in promoting the participation of children in health. Clare has been employed by The Child-to-Child Trust, UNICEF, UNESCO, Save the Children, the UBS Optimus Foundation, The Government of Denmark (DANIDA), Save the Children UK, Learning for Life UK, Save the Children USA; and the School Health and Nutrition Network’s FRESH initiative funded by the World Bank. Clare has written or contributed to numerous publications. Have a look in our toolbox here or at Clare’s list of publications here.

    Clare’s favourite thing is to be in the field with teachers, health workers and children or working on our website communicating what our amazing colleagues are up to.

  • David Gifford, Illustrator

    • Experience: 36 Years

    David has worked for over 36 years as an illustrator in educational publishing with a focus on health messages for developing countries, such as ‘Children for Health’, UNICEF and ‘Child-to-Child’. He also works as a graphic facilitator and rich picture artist for organisations and companies such as the BBC, HM Gov, Imperial College, London Stock Exchange, NHS, Oxfam, and The Royal Mail. He is based in London, UK and is married to the writer Elisabeth Gifford.

  • Christiana Brown, Consultant

    • Experience: 20 Years

    Christiana Brown is an independent health education, children’s right and participation consultant. She has over 20 years experience in designing, coordinating and managing partner led projects globally in areas including: Early Childhood and Primary Education, HIV/AIDS, Inclusive Education, Health Education, Children in Difficult Circumstances and Child Protection. She is an expert trainer, using child-centred and participatory approaches and tools to facilitate and support training and capacity building activities for development practitioners, teachers and field workers working with children.

    Christiana has known Clare Hanbury, the CEO of Children for Health for over 20 years. They first met in Ghana in 1995 when working on a government school health education programme. They have subsequently collaborated on numerous initiatives including developing a recipe book for young people in Mozambique. She is currently working together with Children for Health on the development of two further nutrition related projects in Ghana and Sierra Leone.

  • Amy Collins, Website and Social Media

    • Experience: 20 years

    Amy Collins has been helping to build and maintain the Children for Health website since 2013. She has been playing on and working with computers since she was five-years-old and built her first website in 1996. She is a community organiser and volunteer in Cambridge, UK.

  • Trustees

    Use the tabs above to meet our wonderful Trustees.

  • Shelley Shoaib le Breton, Trustee

    Shelley has worked in the field of education for 20 years, 12 of which were spent working with UK-based NGOs supporting primary education programmes in South Asia. For the last eight years she has been working as a literacy and dyslexia tutor providing personalised support and coaching for students with learning differences.

  • Anise Waljee, Trustee

    Dr. Anise Waljee’s global education work includes working with governments to reform the education systems and transform their in-service teacher training institutions (post-Soviet Tajikistan), teacher training programmes in early childhood education and primary education (Tanzania and Zanzibar) inclusive educational policy and practice (Ghana), evaluation of early childhood education and development of educational materials on issues as diverse as social cohesion and resilience, hygiene and nutrition, sexual health, inclusive education for various organisations including the Child to Child Trust, UNICEF, UNESCO, AbleChild Africa amongst others.

    Her focus is on the marginalised (people with disabilities, the rural poor, ethnic and religious minorities, refugees) to ensure that their rights and the services due to them are respected. She works with local communities, local cultures and re-valuing local knowledge on issues such as bio-diversity and environmental change. Building local capacities is an important part of her work.

    She is a Fellow of the Cambridge Central Asian Forum at the University of Cambridge. Her work encompasses curriculum and materials development, educational management, community mobilisation, capacity building, facilitating decentralisation, organisational change and school autonomy.

    Anise speaks fluent English, Urdu, Tajik and Kiswahili.

  • Madeleine Kavanagh, Trustee

    Madeleine is a communications specialist operating primarily in a change management environment. With over 20 years experience of working in communications-related roles in a variety of industries and sectors, Madeleine has a deep understanding of all aspects of how to engage with audiences, using both new and traditional media. Madeleine has provided on-going advice to Clare Hanbury regarding communications issues and much more!

  • Tobias Hanbury, Trustee and Acting Chair

    Tobias is an experienced international executive. Tobias worked in the wines & spirits industry for 12 years in North-East Asia with Jardine Matheson, Diageo, LVMH and Bacardi-Martini before joining Coca-Cola Far East in 1997 as General Manager, based in Singapore.

    After 4 years doing Business Development for Coca-Cola Brazil, Tobias was then President of the Brazilian operations of ISG, a UK-based stadium commercialisation company, whose Brazilian interests were acquired in 2012.

    Since then, Tobias has been running his own marketing consultancy Hanbury Consultoria and helping to establish Children for Health. Tobias is based in Rio de Janeiro, and speaks fluent Portuguese and some Japanese.

  • Field Associates

    Use the tabs above to meet the great people who help support Children for Health.

  • Bibiche Mwalutshie Sangwa, Outstanding Field Partner

    Bibiche Sangwa is a language teacher, trainer and development consultant. She has taught English & French for more than 15 years in DRCongo and Mozambique. From 2011 to 2015 she worked as an adviser to the Danish Embassy in Mozambique working specifically on the Multi-Sectorial Plan for Reducing Chronic Malnutrition. For much of this time, Bibiche was broadly involved in planning, implementing, monitoring and institutional capacity building. Bibiche has also played a key role in coordinating and supporting the PCCAN programme – part of the Education sector’s strategy.

    Bibiche has known Clare Hanbury, the CEO of Children for Health since November 2011 and has worked with Children for Health to study, test, analyse and evaluate the capacity and influence of children capacity as nutrition activists. Bibiche has worked as an interpreter and lead trainer and programme designer. Bibiche has helped to navigate the production of a suite of pedagogical resources for PCAAN. These form the backbone of the programme as it scales to other districts in Mozambique. Bibiche and one of the teachers involved in the programme, Lourenco Govate were the winners of the inaugural Children for Health Outstanding Partners prize 2015.

  • Lourenco Govate Luciano, Outstanding Field Partner

    Since 2006, Lourenco has worked as an English Primary teacher at Tsangano Sede Primary School, Tete district. He also works part time at the local community radio station where he presents and produces local radio programs including programmes with and for local children. Also part time, Lourenco is studying computer based information technology and he enjoys teaching computer skills in his community when asked.

    Since January 2014, Lourenco has been actively involved in advocating for the PCAAN Government nutrition education programme in Tsangano. Children for Health is a technical partner supporting this programme. In 2015 he became a formal part of the district monitoring team, providing targets on the implementation of PCAAN in schools. As part of his work to promote and strengthen PCAAN Lourenco is also learning film-making and video editing and is working with the Social Communication Institute of Tete Province.

    Lourenco was awarded on of the two inaugural Outstanding Partnership prizes from Children for Health in 2015. He is a father of two.

  • Elisabeth Gifford, Writer

    Elisabeth taught as a reading specialist in the UK for twenty years then gained a Masters degree in creative writing. She has written the biography of a couple who rescue abandoned babies in China, The House of Hope, and two historical novels.

    A novelisation of children’s champion, Janusz Korczak, who cared for the children in his orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto will be published soon. She is married and has three children. Visit her website for more.

    ‘Liz;’ has played a big part in developing most of the Children for Health story book titles.

  • Joana Molgaard, Translator

    Joana Molgaard is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has been living in Cambridge, UK since 2013. Prior to that she spent seven years in Beijing, China where she studied Chinese language and culture and received her first Master’s degree in Contemporary China Studies from Renmin University.

    Since moving to Cambridge, she has received her Mphil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. Joana has been working for Children for Health as a translator and editor for the PCAAN project in Mozambique.