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 in Leeds and now live in London. 


I am a freelance user researcher. I’m experienced in working in a fast paced agile environment within a multidisciplinary team, planning and leading research activities throughout all design life cycles with both internal and external stakeholders. I'm familiar with taking services through GDS and internal service assessments and I'm skilled at helping teams prepare for them. 


I also manage operational support at Democracy Club.


June 2020 - present | Remote (Portsmouth)

Contract user researcher at the Royal Navy 

November 2019 - June 2020 | London

Contract user researcher at the Cabinet Office 

2018 - 2019 London

User researcher & Ethics board member at the Home Office 

2017 - 2018 London

User researcher at HMRC

2015 - 2017 Leeds 

Data at the Diabetes Prevention Scheme

2014 - 2015 Leeds

Data at NHS Community Healthcare & CAMHS



Digital anthropology, UCL

2015 - 2017

MA Social and Political Thought, Leeds University 


2012 - 2015

BSc Psychology, Leeds Trinity University 


  • GDS user research fundamentals 

  • GDS accessibility training 

  • GDS assisted digital training 

  • Ethics expert training

  • Service assessor training

Side projects


I interviewed over 30 people for my #InterviewSeries​

The post to read to get to know me better:

25 things at 25



Email me for access

  • The Imposter Syndrome's Guide to Public Speaking @ Triangirls 

  • Career Stuff @ Women in Tech Network for the Digital, Data & Technology Civil Service Fast Stream

  • User research during political uncertainty @ Home Office Digital quarterly meet up


  • Candles 

  • a11y

  • Triangles

  • Liberating Structures

  • London Accessibility Meetup

  • Service Lab London

  • The Research Thing

  • GovTech 

  • Code First: Girls

  • London Gov Design Meetup

  • CitizenBeta

Let's go for coffee, find me @botting_ella/ Ella Botting

Or email me at ellabotting@cyberwomen.co.uk