Ella joined World Habitat in January 2022 as Programme Manager (Homelessness).
Ella previously worked for a Local Authority in the UK, managing an EU-funded programme supporting people experiencing homelessness. Prior to this Ella worked at Crisis, a leading UK Homelessness Charity, for seven years. During this time she managed programmes funded by the Government and through Crisis, and led on best practice around youth homelessness and shared housing solutions.
After completing an undergraduate degree in English at the University of Sussex in 2005, Ella travelled and volunteered in South-East Asia before settling in Italy for two years where she taught English as a second language. Returning to the UK, she worked at St Giles Trust (a UK based charity supporting people leaving prison) supporting ex-offenders to find and sustain housing to help their resettlement into the community, alongside completing a Master’s degree in Children, Youth and International Development at Brunel University. As part of her Master’s degree, Ella spent some time in Sierra Leone carrying out research into the relationship between young offenders and the police. In 2019 Ella completed a PG Certificate in Leadership and Management: Homelessness and Housing, at London South Bank University.
In 2018 Ella was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) Travel Fellowship to explore the potential role co-housing could play as an alternative housing option for young people experiencing homelessness. As part of this research, she visited existing co-housing communities in Sweden, The Netherlands and the USA.