Our mission is to help people live richer, more fulfilling lives by making self-development actionable and providing emotional support.

Our company

Ever listened to a self-help podcast or read an insightful book and felt inspired by the research and anecdotes, but then it didn’t deliver the impact on your life you’d hoped for?

That’s where we come in. We collaborated with world-leading self development authors to distil their wisdom into practical courses and tools.

But we don’t stop there. Crucially, we also cultivate a community where people can connect, share, and support one another to grow through our unique life journeys.

illume apps - what we do

Our launched apps

Grief Works App
Grief Works

with Julia Samuel

illume - Self Compassion App
Self Compassion

with Drs Chris Irons and Elaine Beaumont

illume - Anxiety Solutions App
The Anxiety Solution

with Chloe Brotheridge

illume - Lost Connections App
Lost Connections

with Johann Hari

Helping People Change
Helping People Change

with Ellen Van Oosten, Melvin Smith, and Richard E. Boyatzis


Illume apps are ORCHA certified
ORCHA certified for safety and quality
Our apps have been rigorously assessed by ORCHA to ensure that we adhere to industry standards, guaranteeing safety and quality for our users.
Scientifically validated 
in clinical trials
Scientifically validated in clinical trials.

Clinical research has found our programmes to reduce stress, anxiety and self criticism, and improve resilience, wellbeing and mood.

Ranked first in a Cambridge study
Ranked first in a Cambridge study

The Self-Compassion app was highlighted in an evidence-supported academic journal as the top-performing app for enhancing compassion among a variety of apps.


5-star reviews across our apps


Number of times we’ve helped people across our apps


People reported feeling better after completing our practice
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Our team

Nick Begley, Illume
Nick Begley


Julia Samuel
Julia Samuel, MBE

Grief Expert, Vice President British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Helen Stander
Helen Stander


Linda Shaw
Linda Shaw

Head of Staff

Ivaylo Dankolov
Ivaylo Dankolov

Chief Software Architect

Nathan Hudson
Nathan Hudson

Marketing Expert

Thomas Budiman
Thomas Budiman

Head of Product Design

Board members

Michael Samuel, OBE
Michael Samuel, OBE

Chairman Anna Freud Centre  Philanthropist, Businessman & Investor

Adam Grant
Adam Grant

Investor, Advisor, Best Selling Author

Shona Beats
Shona Beats

Board Advisor
Ex-COO Headspace

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