WHY we do what we do
Our ambition is simple: we founded Luminate to help dramatically improve mental health in the workplace.
We’re not here to drive profitability, although that’s very much a by-product of the support we offer to businesses. It doesn’t define or inform our purpose – which is to foster a business environment where people feel comfortable and safe discussing their mental wellbeing.
That means helping businesses to lead from the front when it comes to employee support, care and recovery rather than accepting behaviours which are likely to exacerbate the problem.
We do that by coaching business leaders to create the right environments and communities to encourage good mental health and offering outstanding training and insight for employees so they’re able to practice self-care, support others and lead contented and fulfilling lives.
Human talent drives your commercial success, and when people are emotionally invested in what they do, their motivation becomes less about reward and more about contribution.
While other businesses invest tens of thousands of pounds in clever software and automated systems, we work with really smart organisations that recognise it’s their people who drive and define their success.
You won’t get wild promises about ROI or increased profit from us, but you will get an absolute commitment to improve mental health and wellbeing in your workplace so you can achieve the goals you’ve set for your business.
Using cutting edge scientific research and proven philosophies around successful living, we create engaging and dynamic training programmes that are designed to help everyone to be emotionally invested in individual and collective success.
We only work with organisations that are serious about achieving growth through positive change. Without a commitment that extends beyond the training we offer, nothing of value can ever be achieved.
Whatever the size and structure of your business. if you’re struggling to find the right approach to staff wellbeing and engagement but have an open mind and a determination to succeed, then we’re the perfect partner for you.
She founded Luminate after almost a decade of working in high-pressure environments, where work/life balance and mental health were never treated as a priority. She experienced and witnessed high-stress levels, exhaustion and eventually burnout, which is when she came to the conclusion that looking after employees’ mental and physical health at work was the key to high performance and a thriving organisation.
After training as a mindfulness teacher, Mel started to work with businesses and individuals to help improve mental health in the workplace and beyond. She is extremely passionate about the benefits and results of wellbeing programmes on both the individual and the organisation.
Mel is trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and is a level-one mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) teacher. She is also a mental health first-alder. She enjoys practicing yoga, cooking and travelling to new places.
Executive coach and EQ expert
Tazeen Ahmad is an executive coach & leadership consultant. She has the highest level of executive coaching qualification and has helped hundreds of senior leaders, teams and executives succeed in pressurised, driven and creative environments.
She runs workshops and carries out consultancy work for some of the UK’s top organisations including Google, Ofsted and Bauer Media, covering topics such as emotional intelligence, communication, managing difficult relationships and harnessing introversion. In her one-to-one work she helps individuals develop their emotional intelligence and strategise effectively in both their personal and professional lives.
Tazeen is currently completing further study in the fields of organisational psychology and conflict resolution in the workplace. Tazeen was an award-winning senior investigative reporter and presenter for over twenty years working with broadcasters such as BBC, NBC, ITN and Channel 4. She has also been an in-house coach and faculty member of the School of Life.
Coach and Facilitator
Charlotte Wiseman is an applied positive psychology researcher, MBCT mindfulness trainer, Mental health First Aid trainer and coach.
It was her own personal journey overcoming chronic stress, anxiety and depression that first led her to explore Mindfulness in 2009. The positive changes she experienced were so inspiring that she subsequently left her long standing career in the fashion industry to pursue an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. She focuses on offering a practical science-led approach to wellbeing and organisational performance.
She is a member of the British Psychological Society, International Positive Psychology Association and has been featured in the Journal of Public Mental Health for her pioneering work in the field of mental wellbeing.
What they’ve said
“Mel was kind enough to give up her time to work with some of our bright but vulnerable students. We have found that many of our students suffer from stress and anxiety, especially during exam periods. Mel planned a bespoke programme for our kids which was designed to help them manage their emotions when under pressure. The students explored ideas around resilience, happiness and mindfulness. Mel is so personable and her warmth and energy cracked some very difficult characters. The students were engaged and left with an understanding of things that were previously alien to them and the practical skills that they will be able to call upon during a very important time in their lives.”
“What a fantastic session the Happiness & Motivation workshop was. It was inspiring and uplifting and really makes you sit back and think about how you are spending your time versus how you want to be spending your time. Each one of us took something away from it and our feedback has been great. The trainer Mel is very calming which helped put us all at ease. Would definitely recommend it for personal growth or motivation in the workplace.”
“We ran a programme of workshops with Rush Collective in 2018. The workshops were informative, useful, punchy and to the point. We thought Mel was brilliant. She had an interesting and innovative way of presenting the information, she was very knowledgeable on the subjects and was able to provide additional advice and support to staff. After the sessions, many of our staff members sent us feedback on how useful and helpful the sessions were. We will be definitely running more sessions with Rush Talent. On a personal level, we found working with Mel easy and a very pleasant experience. I would highly recommend them.”
“Mel delivered a brilliant and eye opening lunchtime workshop on mental wellbeing in the workplace. It was interactive and informative and even just having a range of employees together in one room talking about this topic started to break down the stigma and normalise such a common issue. In the session you learn how to identify the signs of someone who is struggling mentally and you come away with a toolkit for how to help people. Thank you Mel, your work has never been more important than it is now. We can’t wait to have you back in the office!”
“We engaged Rush Collective to run mental health awareness training with our managers. Mel’s delivery style was very positive and we felt the training had the desired positive impact. The training methods were varied, for example, different learning styles were taken into account, as well the levels of experience in the groups. Feedback from participants was very good overall and the training provided a foundation for good management practice. I can recommend Luminate as a training provider that is completely reliable, works to high standards and in partnership with their clients.”