Hey! I'm Ella. I've got two sisters, a boyfriend called Tom and mates that live all around the world. I grew up in the UAE, studied my bachelors (BSc Psychology) and master's (MA Social & Political Though) in Leeds and I now live in London. I sometime's have a shit time with my mental health, mainly anxiety, and I get migraines a lot, but I try really hard to improve both of these things. I talk about them a lot on Twitter. I'm a big believer in talking publicly and openly about taboo subjects and think doing so demystifies and normalizes these things. For example, I recently had pre-cancerous cells removed from my cervix and felt like that was something I should talk about publicly, because the nurse told me most women don't attend their smears because they're scared or embarrassed (it really isn't as scary/ bad/ painful as it seems, even the getting cells removed part). But, I'm also a big believer in privacy and I'm wary of over sharing and getting too emotionally involved online.
I am a public sector user researcher. And an admin at Democracy Club. Yes, I have two jobs and I will soon write about how I manage it.
In my spare time:
I blog on here & increase the visibility of women in technology and digital through my #InterviewSeries. I recently learnt to code with Code First: Girls and I was course ambassador for the Bermondsey cohort. I volunteer for Refugees at Home and Local Welcome. And I also like to lift heavy weights, pretend I'm a ballerina, read and travel.
The post to read to get to know me better:
What are you reading?
I'm trying to read more non-fiction. Follow along with me.
I'm part of several communities and I attend several regular meetups in London, including:
London Accessibility Meetup
Service Lab London
The Research Thing
London Gov Design Meetup
Code First: Girls
The Imposter Syndrome's Guide to Public Speaking
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