Meet the Team

About us
We work with a network of experienced facilitators, coaches and counsellors, who all share a passion to improve the mental health and wellbeing of others. They each bring something unique to the team that, in turn, helps us help others.
Founded in 2015 by Melissa Crate, Luminate's mission remains simple and steadfast: to help dramatically improve mental health in the workplace. 

Our team does this by coaching business leaders on how to create safe, positive and inclusive work environments and communities, and delivering training to employees so that they're able to self-care, support others and lead content, fulfilled lives - at work and at home. 
Mel Crate
Mel Crate is a wellbeing coach and the founding director of Luminate, a wellbeing consultancy working with businesses to promote happier and healthier workplaces.
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Sophie Lockwood
Account Manager and Wellbeing Consultant
Sophie Lockwood (nee North) joined Luminate in 2019 as a Business Development Manager.
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Annie Ribbons
Business Development Manager and Yoga Instructor
Annie Ribbons (nee Knapman) joined Luminate in 2020 as a Training Coordinator and Yoga Instructor. Her own experiences with anxiety led to a life-long interest in mental health and helping others take care of their wellbeing.
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Poppy Millett
Marketing Executive
Poppy's interest in mental health started early; seeing her mother's work at a local wellbeing charity growing-up was an education in supporting others and inspired her to carry out a residency in Mental Health Nursing. 
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Jana Nightingale
Wellbeing coach and facilitator
Jana Nightingale has more than a decade of experience working in mental health education. As a wellbeing coach and trainer, Jana delivers mental health and wellbeing courses in different educational and business settings around the country.
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Victoria Brookbank
MHFA Instructor and Facilitator
Victoria is a qualified Mental Health First Aid instructor, an i-act instructor and a mindfulness teacher.
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Ryan Ridgway
MHFA Instructor and Facilitator
Ryan is passionate about Mental Health First Aid because, had the support this course offers been available during his own experiences of mental ill-health, it would have been a much easier road to recovery.
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Lia Younes
Therapist and Facilitator
Lia Younes has supported the mental health of children and adults for almost 20 years, in a variety of different settings.
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Sam Hamrebtan
With a lifelong passion for food, Sam wanted to translate this love into a business that would allow people to connect back to eating what’s best for their bodies and not just what they crave.
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Deeba Anandan
Wellbeing Coach
Deeba is a certified life coach who believes in taking a proactive approach to our mental health and that part of this is giving ourselves permission to just be us. 
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Andy Elwood
MHFA Instructor and Facilitator
Andy Elwood is an accredited Mental Health First Aid instructor, a facilitator, a mental health campaigner and has a background in health care - working as a paramedic for 18 years on a Search and Rescue helicopter.
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Would you like to join us?
We are always on the look out for new talent to join our expanding team.
There are currently no vaccancies at Luminate.
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