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.

Jess Gillam

Jess is a data scientist in the fairer start mission.

Jess uses data science techniques to help the mission achieve its goal to narrow the outcome gap between children growing up in disadvantage and the national average.

Prior to Nesta, she completed her statistics PhD at Lancaster University. Her PhD focussed on identifying changes in human behaviour using home sensor datasets. Throughout her PhD, she really enjoyed creating and using statistical and machine learning techniques and this led her to Nesta, where she enjoys helping to derive insights from data for social good. 

In her spare time, Jess enjoys making bread and desserts, learning new skills and going for walks.