Crest's latest goodbyes and hellos

Tuesday 20th September

From left to right; Freya Smith, Arwa Syed, Isabella Ross, Danielle Bayatto (top), Isabelle De-Ferrer (bottom)


As summer comes to a close, we say goodbye to some of the Crest team while we also welcome three new interns.

Freya Smith joins the think tank team as Research Intern, supporting Joe Caluori and Violette Gadenne with new and upcoming research projects. Previously Freya worked as an Advocacy Intern at Human Rights Watch where she conducted research into domestic and foreign policy issues, and wrote parliamentary briefings. She holds a Masters with distinction in International Politics, focusing on human rights, and a first class Criminology degree.


Freya said:

I’m super excited about getting involved in research and applying what I learnt at university to Crest!

Isabella Ross will be supporting the Strategy & Insight team as an Analyst Intern, working on a variety of qualitative and quantitative projects. She recently graduated from University College London with a BA in Politics, Sociology and East European Studies, where she was awarded a placement on the UCL Dean’s List 2022 for the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences. Isabella has a keen interest in drug policy, having been been part of a team commissioned by the Mayor of London to investigate cannabis policy in the city, as well as being selected as keynote speaker at Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s International Conference.


Isabella said:


I’m excited to help out with qualitative analysis to form evidence-based recommendations for change and to deepen my understanding of the criminal justice system through the wealth of knowledge that the brilliant team at Crest has to offer. I also hope to delve into the extent and impact of drug markets in the UK further, as well as explore the seemingly endless restaurant options around the office.

Intern Arwa Syed joins us to support our work with the Crown Prosecution Service. Arwa recently graduated from SOAS with a first class degree in International Relations, specialising in the Middle East and South Asia. Arwa has also interned at the Middle East Treaty Organisation, which seeks to achieve regional peace and stability through the elimination of weapons of mass destruction.


Arwa said:

I’m very excited to be involved in such transformative work and an organisation that will better society’s experiences with the British criminal justice system. I’m getting a hands-on experience at Crest and I look forward to learning more about criminal justice from my colleagues.

We also said goodbye to intern Danielle Bayatti and our Civil Service Fast Stream placement, Isabelle De-Ferrer, at the end of August.


Dani and Isabelle made an impact across Crest's consultancy and research projects as well as both being regular faces at our team Crest netball games (see pictured below).



We said farewell to Dani and Isabelle with a game of rounders accompanied by pizza and beer.


All the best to them both in their next adventures!



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