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Ellie Covell

Head of Operations


Ellie draws on her practitioner insight as a former police officer and her analytical expertise from working in central government subsequently. Using her Whitehall experience of policy and strategy, Ellie also develops pan-sector justice performance frameworks.


Ellie has worked with children at risk of involvement in gang violence for the charity Barnardo’s and developed policy for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. 


Passionate about police reform, Ellie wants to use her experiences, combined with a sound evidence base and analysis, to drive positive change in the criminal justice system.

Key achievements

  • Co-delivered Crest’s pioneering demand modelling work with Nottinghamshire and Bedfordshire Police, presenting key findings to the Home Office and National Police Chiefs Council.

  • Delivered a rapid organisational health check for a Community Rehabilitation Company following a critical HMI report, including recommendations and action points for the chief executive.

  • Delivered an event in conjunction with the Home Office to examine barriers to effective communication between frontline services locally and central government departments to prevent vulnerable people from becoming involved in crime. 

  • Researched and implemented methods targeting drug supply and the protection of vulnerable people in a London neighbourhood, resulting in numerous successful search warrants and co-ordination of wrap around support for vulnerable victims.

  • Conducted qualitative original research on the relationship between military service and homelessness.

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