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
FOUNDING DIRECTOR
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 Facilitator
A core part of the Luminate team, Sophie is a dedicated Account Manager and experienced Facilitator.
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James Burke
Business Development Manager
James has been in the wellness industry for a decade. Starting out as a personal trainer, he continues to champion good mental and physical health through his role as Luminate’s Business Development Manager.
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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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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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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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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
Nutritionist
Sam is a BANT and CNHC registered nutritionist, cook, grower, and food presenter. She has translated her lifelong passion for food into a business, The Loess Life, that aims to empower people to consume food that nourishes our bodies, our minds and our world. 
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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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