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.

Elspeth is the chief programmes officer at Nesta, overseeing the work of its three mission teams.

Elspeth ensures these teams aim to: close the income-driven gaps in early childhood development; halve the prevalence of obesity, and reduce domestic emissions to net zero.

Prior to this role, Elspeth was a senior member of The Behavioural Insights Team. She established the organisation’s North American office and ran various aspects of the team’s social policy work. 

Elspeth is the author of two books: Behavioral Insights (2020) and Decisionscape (2024). She holds fellowships with King’s College London and Exeter University.