Ellen Simmons

Ellen Simmons

Service Design Consultant

Ellen is a Service Design Consultant who works across Innovation Unit’s portfolio, using Design as a tool for positive social impact. She works on the Always Hope project, leading the design work and developing tools and processes that help practitioners coordinate the support they offer care-experienced young adults in prison and after release.

Recently, Ellen has worked with UCLPartners to design and visualise patient pathways through a community diagnostics centre; with Islington Council to co-develop an Early Intervention and Prevention strategy that seeks to tackle inequalities in the borough; and with Torbay Council to redesign the governance of the Community Safety Partnership and develop a better understanding of complexity and the system response to individuals with complex needs.

She also worked with St John Ambulance, delivering a co-design week that produced a Young Responders First Aid Programme that meets the diverse needs of young people and empowers them to support their community’s health needs.

Ellen delivers Service Design masterclasses and coaching as part of the Innovation Unit Design Academy, and designed and delivered the first IUDA Service Design Jam, partnered with the Royal College of Art and sponsored by Mind.

Outside of work Ellen is interested in regenerative environmental projects, community gardening and local food production. As a proud mother to two young daughters, she spends most of her free time running around with them.