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 psychologically safe workplaces and by training employees to better support their own mental health and that of others - improving wellbeing from the top down and bottom up. 
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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Annie Ribbons
Senior Account Manager & Wellbeing Consultant
Annie Ribbons started her journey at Luminate in 2020 as a Training Coordinator and Yoga Instructor. Her own experience of (and recovery from) chronic anxiety and panic attacks led to a life-long interest in wellbeing and making mental health support accessible for all.
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Cheryl McGranaghan
Training Coordinator
Cheryl McGranaghan joined the Luminate team as our training coordinator in December 2021 after 13 years of working within the corporate environment.
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Jana Nightingale
Wellbeing coach and facilitator
Jana has 12 years of experience working in global mental health education across a variety sectors, from corporate clients and charities to government departments and universities.
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Sophie Lockwood
Head of Facilitation & Client Services
A core part of the Luminate team, Sophie is not only an expert facilitator but oversees the delivery of Luminate's services from end-to-end.
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Ryan Ridgway
MHFA Instructor and Facilitator
Ryan Ridgway is a passionate advocate for mental health, a speaker, an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Luminate facilitator.
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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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Poppy Millett
Marketing Manager
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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Tricia Wilkie
MHFA Instructor and Facilitator
Tricia Wilkie is a wellbeing specialist, Mindfulness teacher and Instructor for Mental Health First Aid England.
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Justine Piercy
Financial Expert and Facilitator
Justine is a Financial Wellbeing Consultant with 25 years’ experience in the Banking sector, working for one of the UK’s largest high street banks.
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Todd Roache
Wellbeing / Life Coach
Todd is an ICF Certified Coach with a big heart and a passion for helping people flourish both personally and professionally.
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Sam Hamrebtan
Sam is a registered Nutritional Therapist, Chef, and food presenter, featured in publications such as Women’s Health, Resurgence & Ecologist and Naturopathy Magazine.
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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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