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Meet the team

Illuminate has over twelve years of experience using coaching, training and facilitation techniques to overcome mental ill health.  Their expertise is specifically in helping people to make positive and sustainable changes in their lives.  Their approach is to create a level playing field where coaching is available to people regardless of their personal circumstances.  They are passionate about challenging the stigma of talking about and addressing mental health.


The team are warm, welcoming, deliberately informal and non-judgmental.  This is balanced with a high degree of expertise and professionalism.

Sam Greenley and Maria Varallo


   Our Team


Sam Greenley

Sam Greenley - Co-founder

Sam has 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors in business management, and 12 years in mental health coaching.

She is a Maths graduate with a Level 5 qualification in Leadership and Management (2003), and holds Diplomas in Practitioner Coaching (2007) and NLP (2008). 

Maria Varallo

Maria Varallo - Co-founder

Maria has over 20 years of experience in training, mentoring, coaching and running her own business. She is qualified with post-graduate degrees in Social Work (1998) specialising in mental health and Business Coaching (2007). Her specialism is working with the business community to ensure excellent service and delivery of Illuminate's coaching, training, workshops and talks.


Richard Stephens

Richard Stephens - Speaker

Richard specialises in mental health awareness training for businesses. His background is in bioscience and he joined Illuminate after working as a mentor to students at the University of Cambridge.  Richard is a Human Biology graduate (1988) and holds a Ph.D. in Child Health (1997).  

Anna Gilchrist

Anna Gilchrist - Coordinator

Anna's background is managing the award-winning Dawn Project at Cambridge  Women's Resource Centre. She is a graduate of the first Confidence for Change course in 2008, she went on to become a trustee for Illuminate. Anna is now the coordinator for the Illuminate Community Group, pop over here to find out more.

Peta Sweet - Mentor

I work with purpose led individuals and organisations to help them succeed in how they communicate and engage with their world. I believe we all have the power to communicate authentically and for good. My work as a consultant, coach and facilitator supports people and organisations in finding and understanding their values and purpose and gives me real joy.



Susie Peters - Business Development Officer

Susie is an experienced Wellbeing Coach and Trainer and has worked with Illuminate since 2018. Most recently, she has managed the Wellbeing Presenters Project, training and coaching beneficiaries to become speakers. Susie is currently using her experience, knowledge and skills in business development to support Illuminate in growing its work with the business community.  



Vikki Pratley Coach

Vikki Pratley - Associate Coach and Trainer

After many years as a practicing employment lawyer and a founding partner of a successful law firm, Vikki suffered burnout. This inspired her to change direction and she retrained as a certified ILM coach, a licensed practitioner of Liberating Leadership and Pioneering Professional as well as an NLP Practitioner, and founded her business Skylark.

Jeremy Gulvin Coach

Jeremy Gulvin - Associate Trainer Mental Health First Aid 

Jeremy is a qualified coach (University of Cambridge Dip.) and holds a certificate in Psychometrics BPS (University of Cambridge). He is also a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and freelance trainer. His background is business development, leadership and people. He founded Synergy Coaching Consultancy in 2016.


Eleanor Morrison - Associate Coach

After working in marketing for 15 years, Eleanor retrained as an ICF Coach and founded Big Mind Coaching Ltd., which she runs alongside her role as a youth mentor, supporting 11 to 16  year olds in school. She has four children and enjoys running and yoga.

Philippa Sjoberg

Philippa Sjoberg - Associate Trainer 

Philippa has been a supporter of Illuminate since she attended Confidence for Change. She delivers talks on Personal Emotion Remedy Kit (PERK) on our courses and now as an online workshop. Philippa runs her own not-for-profit dog training business, providing training assistance to all regardless of their income. 



Pam Scott

Pam Scott - Chair

Pam is retired and has worked in social housing, charities and NHS throughout her career. She is based in Cambridge and is actively involved in fundraising to help Illuminate. In her spare time she helps out with the Riding for the Disabled Association.

Alan Soer - Trustee

Alan is the centre manager at Arbury Community Centre in Cambridge. He was worked with community organisations since 1989. Prior to this, he was in the Army. He has a track record of fundraising and trustee experience.

John Clark

John Clark - Trustee

John's background is the Royal Navy and recruitment when he retired he worked with young people in the areas of advice, guidance, homelessness and independent living. John currently runs his own business as a coach, NLP practitioner and clinical hypnotherapist.

Katrina Copping

Christine Montgomery - Trustee

Christine was a registered mental health nurse for twenty years, she went onto complete a degree in Social Work and worked with children and families experiencing complex issues. Christine is also a practice educator and taught on health and social care programs.


Keith Bullock - Trustee

Keith is a civil servant who lives in Cambridge and works in Whitehall, he advises on telecommunications policy in the Department of Digital Culture, Media and Sport. He has been involved as a business mentor for Illuminate originally through the Cranfield Trust, since 2018.




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M: Maria 0797 4952724  

M: Sam 07841 187285


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