Illuminate Uk - Meet the Team - Further info


Karen Kyle McKenzieKaren Kyle McKenzie

Karen has a genuine passion to use drama in education and in business to develop confidence, customer service and presentation skills and to help children gain a better understanding of their heritage while developing skills for their future. She set Illuminate UK up in January 2006 seeing an opportunity to use her drama training and experience to aid and enhance learning and understanding.

Karen trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) as an actor and drama educator and went on to appear in a variety of theatre productions, touring internationally before taking drama skills into education and the work place. Karen was awarded a HITS (Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland) Scholarship and traveled to the Disney Institute in Florida to study Customer Care and was part of the Thistle Award winning tour guide training team at Mercat Tours.

Since 2006 Karen has led on Junior Tour Guide programs for Historic Scotland, Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Seabird Centre. She has also developed a range of learning programs and activities for Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland. She has delivered staff training workshops for a diverse range of businesses including the Townhouse Company and Edinburgh College as well as training visitor services staff at Historic Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland, Rosslyn Chapel and Mercat Tours. She is an experienced and thorough project manager, imaginative and energetic workshop leader... and mum to lively twin boys!

Education Team

CallanCallan MacCormick

Callan works with Illuminate as an actor, workshop leader, education consultant and script writer.

Callan plays a Victorian Mill Worker, Janet Scott, at our school workshops at Historic Scotland's Stanley Mills, enthralling visiting children who are transformed into child millworkers for the duration of their visit. Callan has also led on developing the pre and post workshop classroom activities for teachers.

Callan leads on delivering training for Junior Tour Guide programmes at Claypotts Castle and Huntly Castle.

Nicola Wright Illuminate UKNicola Wright

Nicola is a storyteller, historical interpreter and trainer who combines her passion for history with a love of dressing up. For Illuminate UK she provides entertaining and engaging workshops on topics such as The Curse of the Stewarts for the Linlithgow Junior Guides and hands on discovery sessions at Trinity House where pupils are encouraged to become history detectives.

As a freelance learning consultant Nicola is a firm advocate of children as storytellers and provides storytelling skill sessions and voice workshops along with her own storytelling.

Jane GazeJane Gaze

Jane is a visual artist and freelance arts and heritage educator. She has worked extensively in schools throughout the Scottish Borders on expressive arts projects supporting the Curriculum for Excellence.

Jane's own creative practice is driven by a passion for history, she says if she could have one magic power it would be to time travel wearing a clock of invisibility! Jane leads on the Melrose Abbey Junior Tour Guide scheme on behalf of Illuminate UK.

Lindsey GibbLindsey Gibb

Lindsey is a professional storyteller with over 10 years experience, telling in a variety of places from historic buildings to woodlands. She spent many years working in education in the environmental sector leading and teaching a huge range of groups from pre school to older people.

More recently she has become involved in working in history, heritage and archaeology and joining Illuminate UK fulfils her ambition of working in heritage education. She looks forward to working with the schools and believes anyone can tell a story and be a storyteller.

Business Training Team


Kate Flory Illuminate UK Business WorkshopsKate Flory

Kate is an experienced Leadership Coach and NLP Practitioner specialising in inspirational head-and-heart coaching and creating powerful, experientially based coaching training programmes.

Kate works alongside Illuminate to deliver Engaging with your Customer and providing the internal direction to Karen's external direction in their combined training programmes.