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Illuminate Charity - Who we are

Illuminate’s managers are Sam Greenley and Maria Varallo

Sam and Maria met at a Cambridge coaching event twelve years ago and bonded over their desire to bring coaching techniques into the not-for-profit sector.  At that time there was no charity using coaching as a delivery model.


Both women believe high quality effective coaching and training courses should be available to all. Maria and Sam are qualified and accredited coaches with personal experience of running their own business. Together they manage Illuminate with the backing of a committed team of trustees.


Also, on board are team members Ish Tannahill and Susie Peters. Ish is responsible for the Illuminate Community Group in Cambridge and is a graduate of Confidence for Change. Susie is responsible for delivering mental health awareness training to Job Centre Plus staff in the region. 



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Sam Greenley and Maria Varallo




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 and 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 pilot of the Confidence for Change course back in 2008. She went onto to become one of our first mentors whilst volunteering for Cambridge Women's Resource Centre. Anna now works as a Project Manager at CWRC supporting women who are part of the criminal justice system. She also plays a key role in the centre's operations and is 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 practioner, freedom therapist and clinical hypnotherapist.

What people say about us ...

"I found working with Illuminate professional, knowledgable and friendly, it's really made a difference to me. Everything is explained in such a way everyone understands."

Chris Chapman