Our Vision and Values

Our vision is of a society where every workplace has access to practical solutions to improve the mental wellbeing of their workforce.

We believe that work gives us a sense of purpose and purpose is vital for our mental health and wellbeing. Enabling a proactive culture which minimises the risks of stress, and recognises, supports and signposts mental health issues will have a far reaching impact.

Our company values are:


  • At Illuminate we love what we do and are passionate about making a real difference for the organisations who we support
  • Our enthusiasm brings with it a positive ‘can do’ attitude, perseverance, a desire to achieve and a thirst for knowledge and learning
  • Our enthusiasm keeps us energetic and is fun to be around.

Leading by example

  • At Illuminate we believe it is a top priority for each of us to lead by example in terms of speaking openly about mental health, being transparent and showing our own vulnerabilities
  • We also believe that demonstrating in our daily practices the techniques and strategies that we use to transform our clients workplaces makes them all the more powerful and real
  • Working in a role where you have a strong desire to make a difference can mean neglecting your own wellbeing. This value is a reminder to us of the importance of self-care. When we are looking after ourselves we can then be in the best position to support our families, friends, colleagues and clients.


  • Empathy is a powerful value for Illuminate as we see how it brings stronger collaboration, reduces stress and increases morale
  • When we are empathic, we listen without judgement, we see things from another’s perspective, and we respect others’ opinions
  • Seeking to understand rather than being understood enables us to gain a full appreciation of what is going on for our clients in order to find the most effective solution for them.

Meet the Team

Our Expertise

Our team have a range of backgrounds, from occupational psychology, disability management, nursing, and lecturing, but what we all have in common is a strong passion to make a difference for the organisations we partner with. We do this through bringing the theory and evidence to life through practical, real life experience so that you can implement the tools and techniques straight away within your workplace. We go a step further than simply ‘awareness raising’ and help you to take positive action.

Lisa Whittleton, Director

I’ve had an interest in psychology and how we think, feel and behave since long before University, quite possibly shaped by personal experiences growing up with close family / friends affected by mental ill health.

My first role after doing a master’s in occupational psychology (after a short stint in recruitment which was very much not for me) was working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant with wounded, injured and sick service personnel to help them transition to a new career. This was totally inspiring and really opened my eyes to the stigmas that exist in workplaces around mental health and disability. I set up Illuminate in November 2013 as I was keen to influence this positively. At the time, we were not having the conversations we are now around mental health, so I recognise we have come a long way…but there is still a way to go to de-stigmatise completely and ensure we are being proactive around the topic so our teams can thrive at work.

I love building relationships with our clients to really get to understand their world and the challenges within it to help bring about positive change. Working in this field is a constant reminder of how easy it is to slip into unhelpful habits in terms of looking after my own mental wellbeing and achieving the right ‘work-life’ balance. I do have to work hard to practice what I preach, and don’t always get it right. This is what makes my facilitation real and relatable for you.

I am a people person and tend to be the listener, the support and the new perspective for many of my friends. I am all about socialising, and love music festivals and gigs, alongside what I believe is a healthy addiction to Crossfit…and my cat, Mrs Norris.

My Qualifications
  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • Certified Everything DiSC Facilitator
  • DSE Assessor
  • TAP.Cert – Certificate in Training Delivery
  • MSc Occupational Psychology, University of Sheffield
  • Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) through the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR)
  • BSc Psychology, University of Leicester
  • Accredited to complete Dyslexia Vocational Evaluations (Dyslexia Foundation)
  • Level 3 Award in Education & Training (formerly PTLLS)
  • Psychometric test user (A & B) in personality and ability testing
  • Member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Member of the British Psychological Society

Training Team

Louise Jones

Trainer specialising in MHFA, Workplace Wellbeing & Menopause

Kirsty Lilley

Trainer specialising in Self-Compassion and Mindfulness

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New Team Member

Vocational Rehabilitation Team

Fiona Rumney

Vocational Rehabilitation Lead

Mike Rumney

Occupational Health Nurse

Siobhan Barrett

Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant

Phillipa Barlow

Chartered Physiotherapist


We work with a range of fantastic, credible partners who share Illuminate’s values and mission. Areas we can support with include:

  • Men’s mental health
  • Counselling
  • Wellbeing and resilience coaching
  • Personality profiling and team coaching – the use of Everything DiSC, Insights and Lumien
  • Leadership development

One Change Project CIC

Lisa Whittleton & Emma Alford (Co-Founders)

One Change Project delivers emotionally engaging workshops to children, teaching staff and parents to promote positive mental health, wellbeing and resilience.

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Lisa is a member of the following organisations: