The Team

Charmaine Curtain

Director, Mental Health Training

Charmaine has worked in the Australian, not for profit, Government and Corporate Sectors for the past 35 years. Charmaine spent 30 years as a Company Director and Senior Financial Planner in the Financial Planning Industry and was the Director and Practice Principal of Private Wealth Management and Global Partnerships Financial Consulting. Since leaving Corporate, she has devoted her time, energy and passion to various Mental Health Agencies and causes. Charmaine has both academic and lived experience in Mental Health which is the driver of most of her work. 

Charmaine is the Mental Health Director of The Luminate Team, who are a team of experts that work across the mental health and human thriving disciplines. They tailor experiences that help people build strength and capability to understand and manage past trauma and transition to wellness, build courage and confidence to luminate their best selves, and enhance motivation and acceleration towards personal and professional goals. 

Charmaine also works at the Alfred Women’s Recovery Network providing support to families and carers that have a relative or loved one receiving care from the service. She spent time in a similar role at Peninsula Health Mental Health service where she worked closely with both clinical and allied health workers to share her experience and expertise to provide support for carers of those struggling with mental illness. 

Caring and supporting a loved one through serious mental illness and recovery has taught her that there is always hope. Mental illness is not something that people develop in isolation, and it does not only impact the person it affects. 

Her specific areas of obsession include:

  • Advisory Board Member for Mental Health Victoria
  • Board member of the “To be loved Charity” which aims to give children a voice through divorce and reduce associated trauma
  • Instructor for Mental Health First Aid Australia
  • Supporting a Mental Health and Disability Services Centre to support members with a range of illnesses, including PTSD, Depression, Intellectual Disabilities, Psychosis, Bipolar and schizophrenia.
  • Volunteer for Kids First Australia mentoring children at risk
  • Volunteer at Disaster Recovery Australia

Professional Highlights:

  • Godfrey Pembroke Premier Practice Award 2006
  • Advisor of the Year 2008
  • Finalist for the Australia Financial Association Female Excellence in Advice award 2012
  • Member of the Royal Australian Air Force
  • Continuing to champion the change in Mental health where everyone has equitable access to world class mental health services.

Rachael Edginton

Director, Wellness & Coaching

Rachael is a passionate coach and positive psychology practitioner, known for her empathetic energy and optimism, and her commitment to authentic leadership.

Rachael is a seasoned corporate affairs leader, a BRW Fast 100 Business Founder, Telstra Business Finalist and has held leadership positions in infrastructure, health and water sectors.

Rachael has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from Melbourne University and is currently studying towards her doctorate with a research focus covering the Creative Communication of Positive Psychology.

Her specific areas of obsession include:

  • Designing and delivering creative, informative and inspirational wellness workshops that help people develop pathways to authentic and durable wellness.
  • Helping people to connect to their purposeful and passionate selves, and accelerate their personal and professional goals with evidence-based coaching.
  • Fostering flourishing coaching and mentoring environments in communities and organisations.
  • Applying Positive Psychology and Wellness Interventions that build positive and productive corporate culture.

With more than 20 years’ experience leading creative corporate and social change programs, Rachael has significant experience designing meaningful training, mentoring and coaching programs that drive positive change in individuals, communities and organisations.

Qualified and experienced in corporate communications, journalism, community engagement, change management and business and life coaching she has become a trusted coach and advisor to several business leaders across a range of industries. 

Professional Highlights

  • 2020 Masters of Applied Positive Psychology, Melbourne University.
  • 2017 Community Engagement Scholarship to attend North American IAP2 conference in Denver
  • 2017 Game changing values program for Cairns Hinterland Hospital and Health Service
  • 2016 Accredited Trainer for IAP2
  • 2014 Successfully led a global behavioral and process change strategy introducing a simplified Performance and Reward Framework for NAB
  • 2014 Creation of industry roundtables on advance care planning to develop an ideal model for ACP in Victoria
  • 2013 Invited to become a sessional teacher in Media Communications at Deakin
  • 2010 PLUM Communication becomes a BRW Fast 100 Company
  • 2010 Telstra business finalist for PLUM Communication
  • 2010 National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) John Holland commendation award for outstanding female businesswoman in construction
  • 2009/2010 Secretary of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Board, Victorian Chapter
  • 2008/2009 Partnered with the Public Relations Institute of Australian (PRIA) Victorian Chapter, to sponsor and design the innovative Leadership Breakfast Program
  • 1999 Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) Award winner for excellence in