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Who we are

Illuminate has over ten years of experience of using coaching 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 very 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, mental health and coaching. She is qualified with post-graduate degrees in Social Work (1998) and Personal and Business Coaching ( 2006). Her particular specialism is mental health minus jargon and the stigma.

 

Richard Stephens

Richard Stephens

Trainer

Richard originally worked in the bioscience sector for 28 years, but now concentrates on the mental health field. He has recently joined Illuminate after a year 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). 

 

Ish Tannerhill

Ish Tannahill

Coordinator

Ish is a graduate of Confidence for Change and has a history of running groups and administration skills. She is the coordinator for the Illuminate Community Group and runs sessions from volunteering to gaining employment skills. Her background involves film making and she has created the Illuminate video.

 

Christine Montgomery

Christine Montgomery

Volunteer

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.

 

 

Susie Peters

Susie Peters

Associate Trainer

 

 

Philippa Sjoberg

Philippa Sjoberg

Volunteer

Philippa has been a supporter of Illuminate since she attended Confidence for Change. She has delivered a talk on the Emergency First Aid kit, which we sometimes include in our courses.

Philippa currently runs her own not-for-profit dog training business, providing training assistance to all regardless of their income. She has taken on one of our former clients as a volunteer/trainee.

 

Trustees 

 

Katrina Copping

Katrina Copping - Chairperson

Katrina has worked with the community and voluntary sector for over 15 years, in a wide range of roles including community development, managing projects, managing grant schemes and fundraising.

She brings extensive experience to her role as chairperson. She is also a Full (MinstF) Member of the Institute of Fundraising. 

Pam Scott

Pam Scott - Secretary

Pam has worked in social housing, charities and NHS. She is currently working at Addenbrookes Hospital. Pam is based in Cambridge and likes to help Illuminate whenever possible. 

Anna Gilchrist Trustee

Anna Gilchrist - Treasurer

Anna attended our first course of Confidence for Change in 2008. She went onto to become one of our mentors whilst volunteering for Cambridge Women's Resource Centre. Anna works as a Project Manager at CWRC supporting women who are part of the criminal justice system, she is also a qualified life coach. 

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, freedom therapist and clinical hypnotherapist.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like to arrange a meeting, or want more information about our services to businesses.

E: info@illuminatecharity.org.uk

T: 01223 520124

M: Maria 0797 4952724  

M: Sam 07841 187285

 

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