Emily Wells


I was driven to work for the CSJ primarily because of its alignment with my belief that meaningful policy interventions should be guided by those directly affected in order to effect long-term change. Prior to my appointment, I worked as a Police Officer in Manchester for two and a half years, where I witnessed the intersections of victimhood, criminality, and disadvantage of the most vulnerable in society. I experienced various roles during my time with the police, including response, neighbourhood and as a hospital liaison officer, giving me an insight into the issues experienced by those facing deprivation, and the issues facing services like the police and the NHS. I also worked directly with numerous charities who are part of the CSJ Alliance, and I regularly saw the good work they do. I am delighted to now be a part of the longer-term conversation at the CSJ to tackle the root causes of poverty and to find practical and ethical solutions to issues I witnessed as a police officer.

Something you might not know about me

I volunteered for St John’s Ambulance as a vaccinator during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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