About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Ellen Davies

Ellen works as a designer in our healthy life mission, bringing designer-led and people-centred methods into our research and innovation work.

She is passionate about ethical practice and the value design brings to engagement with systemic complexity and ambiguity. 

Before joining Nesta, Ellen led design research at the strategic design consultancy DK&A, where she focused on working with service users to understand systems, frame problems and test interventions. She applied co-design for social impact across a range of projects, from shaping anti-racism policies with learners and staff in the Welsh further education sector, to developing new age-appropriate healthcare services with medical teams and young people with chronic conditions. 

She holds an MA in Information Experience Design from the Royal College of Art and has a background in humanising digital experience— having worked in UX roles and on the visual storytelling team at the Financial Times.

As a dabbler in creative code, she has built musical instrument platforms to add tangibility to the experience of digital music production. She loves music, experimental cooking and being near the sea.