ABOUT US 2017-09-15T02:21:49+00:00

The playground at Thicksey Lamdon School where Hugh first discovered resilience in its purest form.


In 2008, I was fortunate enough to spend a few months living and volunteering in the far north of India. In this desert community, there was no running water, no electricity and no beds; everyone slept on the floor of their desert hut. Despite the fact these people had very little to call their own, I was continually blown away by how happy they were.

It was this experience, and subsequent post graduate studies, that have led me to some pretty simple conclusions about the things that we need to be doing here in Australia if we want to be happier. In a nutshell, I learnt in this desert village that practicing gratitude, empathy (compassion) and mindfulness leads us to a happier more fulfilling experience. Once I discovered these three principles were also evidence based, I thought it might be a good idea to turn this into a program for schools. Turns out it wasn’t just schools that wanted to hear this message!

Hugh van Cuylenburg


To teach positive mental health strategies

  • 1 in 4 adolescents have a mental illness
  • 1 in 7 primary schools kids have a mental illness
  • 1 in 5 adults will experience mental ill-heatlh throughout the year
  • 65% of adolescents do not seek help for mental illness

We deliver emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and businesses and provide them with evidence based, practical strategies to build resilience.


Over 500 schools
300,000 Australians
Australian Cricket, Netball & Soccer Teams, all NRL clubs, AFL, A-League
Over 300 corporate groups


Hugh van Cuylenburg

Founding Director/Facilitator

Hugh has been working in education for over 13 years. Starting out as a primary school teacher, he then moved into a position working in a secondary setting with disengaged adolescents. The highlight of his teaching career was the year he spent in the far north of India volunteering and living at an underprivileged school in the Himalayas. It was here that he discovered resilience in its purest form.

Inspired by this experience Hugh returned to Melbourne and commenced working on his own programs for schools. ‘The Resilience Project’ was born. Having completed his post grad. studies into mental health and resilience, Hugh has developed and facilitated programs for over 300 schools Australia wide. In 2015, the National Rugby League asked Hugh to design and implement a program for every club in the competition. He has also worked with the Australian Cricket Team, the Australian Netball Team, 10 of the AFL teams and the Australian womens soccer team.

Hugh is now working closely with corporate and non for profit organisations to help promote positive mental health strategies in the work place.

Martin Heppell


Martin’s background is unique. He spent a considerable amount of time growing up in Borneo (whilst his father studied an Iban Dayak headhunting tribe). He was also educated in different parts of South East Asia.  He is heavily influenced by the morals and values that he and his family were surrounded by whilst living with the Iban.
After finishing high school in Melbourne, Martin spent 3 years in the AFL system, playing AFL football for St Kilda and Melbourne and then for Norwood in the SANFL. Subsequent years were then spent travelling the world backpacking for nearly 3 years, and upon return to Australia, Martin studied primary teaching.
After completing his degree at Melbourne University, he commenced teaching at Auburn Primary. After 4 years, he was appointed as the Assistant Principal at Auburn Primary where he held that role for another 4 years – focusing on student well-being, educational leadership and cultural change.
He has also coached AFL football at the Box Hill Hawks, and as First XVIII coach at both Carey Grammar and Xavier College. In all environments, he has thrived in situations that have presented challenges and have required optimism. He is passionate about children being given the opportunity to be raised in a positive manner that evokes confidence and a zest for life.

Antony Keely

Schools Program Manager

Antony is a trained Health and Physical Education teacher having finished his degree at ACU in 2014. Working at Mount Alexander College in Melbourne’s inner suburbs, Antony assumed a leadership position in Student Wellbeing and quickly realised why he decided to teach in the first place. He is absolutely committed to helping young people be their best, by being happy!
Antony also coaches Melbourne University Cricket Club in Victoria’s Premier Cricket competition where his passion for cricket and assisting in developing young people come together.

Kasey Todd

Mindfulness Trainer/Facilitator

Kasey is a trained secondary school Physical Education & Health Teacher, who fell in love with meditation by accident 8 years ago. She has a mission and vision for living with ease, happiness and love, and allowing others to do the same. Through her work with students in schools and adults in the corporate sector she witnessed a need for structured self-love, in the form of relaxation and meditation.
She went on to study the practice, before becoming accredited in 2015. She now runs a variety of mindfulness programs for people of all ages.

Mel Ng

Administration Manager and EA to Hugh & Martin

Mel has dedicated the majority of her working life to administration and customer service in the luxury brands sector,  most recently as a Senior Administration Officer in an international luxury Italian brand which has made her highly skilled in organising, multi tasking and problem solving – a perfect fit for her role at TRP.

Her love for travel and adventure saw here leaving Australia for a travelling career break after finishing her studies.  This led to her falling in love with Europe and taking up residence for over 4 years in the UK and Denmark, an experience which will remain imprinted on her forever.

Mel joined TRP in September 2016 and is widely recognised as the backbone of the company.  Keeping the office running smoothly, being our clients main contact and most importantly keeping Hugh and Martin in check, she is the embodiment of our GEM strategies and brings happiness and harmony to us all.

Laura Ng

Administration Officer

Originating from Reading, England Laura competed a BA Honours degree in Literary & Historical Studies at Staffordshire University before her life path brought her to Australia.  She brings to TRP a very strong Customer Service background as well as highly skilled training capabilities and customer database expertise.

Through her deep love of travel she believes wholeheartedly that it has the power to enrich emotionally, mentally and physically. She recently returned from a six month around the world adventure that she and her family are still reaping the benefits from.

Laura also has a passion for reading and writing, which she satisfies by running a successful Melbourne bookclub and writing travelogues documenting her time in foreign lands.

She is committed to the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents and is currently studying Cert IV in Child, Youth and Family intervention.

We are very grateful to have Laura on board at The Resilience Project.

Gemma Triscari

Online Shop Manager 

Gemma is an enthusiastic and dedicated physical education teacher, who, despite challenges throughout her life, continues to thrive with a positive attitude. Gemma has found herself a part time role with TRP managing the online store.
Gemma loves the opportunity to mould the minds of the next generation as a PE teacher. She enjoys giving children the chance to grow and learn the value of physical activity and team work.

Originally from WA, Gemma represented her state in Cricket for 10 years before making the move to Melbourne. Now in Melbourne she represents the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL and took a hat trick in her first season.

Emma Inglis


Having completed a degree in biomedical science, Emma found her passion and niche in dietetics. Emma is most interested in the connection between food and mental health. She has found herself a role at TRP supporting the administration team. You can find emma sipping on a golden turmeric latte as she scrolls through the latest food trends and breaking research.

A talented sportswoman, Emma has represented Victoria in state women’s cricket holding the gloves now for 11 seasons. You will also see her feature in the WBBL as the wicketkeeper for the Melbourne Renegades.

Emma somehow manages to juggle her commitments between TRP, study and cricket. Her sense of humour and calming attitude is infectious around the TRP office.