Working at Crest

At Crest we work as a team, collaborating on our no nonsense approach to projects. Insightful, savvy and smart, we foster a culture of challenge and provide both our clients and each other with the best advice in the business.

Based in vibrant Covent Garden, Crest is a great place to work if you are looking for rewarding and important work. We thrive on working together, ensuring our judgement and clarity is never compromised. Together we make things happen and we look after each other too. Our recent staff survey told us that Crest employees want to work here because of the great people, the drive and thirst for work, and the effort that goes into bringing people together. We are always up for learning more and keen to celebrate our successes. We work on some of the most serious issues on the agenda, we enjoy our work and we have fun together along the way.

Cross-country consulting


At Crest we work with clients all over England and Wales to improve criminal justice and policing. London-based Callyane Desroches is on a tour of the North, joining up with York-based Jo Coles, to work with local areas on the potential for devolution of power in the criminal justice system. 2,032 miles travelled and counting…

Launch event at the House of Lords


We launched our report on community sentences in the House of Lords, hosted by Lord Falconer of Thoroton, former Lord Chancellor and first Secretary of State for Justice. The report “Community sentences: where did it all go wrong?” was authored by Sophie du Mont and Harvey Redgrave and the research was funded by the Hadley Trust.

Crest bakes for Comic Relief


We dug out our aprons and mixing bowls and cooked up a storm to produce plenty of delicious treats for the Crest Comic Relief bake sale. Some people liked their red noses so much they wore them at their desks and everyone enjoyed a high-energy day fuelled by an undisclosed amount of sugar. All the money raised went to Comic Relief for their Red Nose Day appeal.

Women at Crest

The women of Crest took time out of busy schedules, in search of public affairs enlightenment (and a croissant) at a Women in Public Affairs breakfast discussion. From hearing about the ups and downs of running two of the most politically divisive and significant campaigns in recent history to advice about the most effective tools for successful campaigning (Facebook ads are right up there in case you were wondering), the debate asked, what was it like to be in the thick of the Remain and Brexit camps? What did each side learn about head and heart campaigning? And when did they think the crucial point in the campaign came? It was an insightful event led by women who held leading backroom roles in both campaigns. We all came away buzzing with thoughts and ideas.

Out and about in Westminster

Jo and Callyane recharged their batteries away from client work with some pure policy at the All-Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group. The HM Inspectors of Probation and Prisons were speaking at the annual Robin Corbett awards for charities doing exceptional work on prisoner rehabilitation. Dame Glenys Stacey used her recent findings to paint a rather bleak picture of a poorly resourced probation system while Peter Clarke confirmed our worst fears about the state of our prisons, though he welcomed the Prisons and Courts Bill’s recognition of HMIP as an independent body. The minutes will be here in due course. Our team will go back to the APPG soon – for the conversation and for the pleasure of diversifying the audience!

Easter holiday visitor


Crest had a visit from Jo Coles’ son who was on his Easter holiday. Naturally we seized the opportunity to start his criminal justice sector education and try out his digital skills. Here is Crest Consultant in Training, Fynn aged 6, with his take on ‘What is crime?’. Watch the video here.



Blair Gibbs and Christopher Salmon join Crest


Blair Gibbs, Associate Director, was previously a Policy Advisor to the then Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP. Christopher Salmon, Interim Policy Director, was previously the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys.



Whiteboard videos


We want to see communications, strategy and analytics done properly. We believe that within criminal justice this type of work is too important to be done to anything but the highest standards. In fact, our team cares so much about getting it right first time they have decided to make some of their insights freely available for anybody to use. Watch our series of videos of our consultants presenting their tips on subjects such as commissioning services, communicating sensitive issues and PCCs.



Launch of justice devolution report


On 14th November Crest headed to Manchester to launch Harvey Redgrave’s justice devolution report for think tank GovernUp. Alongside Harvey, the panel and speakers included Nick Herbert MP, Tony Lloyd, Phil Swan, Jennet Peters and Alison Connelly, and the event brought together policy-makers, frontline service delivery professionals, academics, and central and local government officials. Find out more about the report and listen to our podcast. Here are Jo Coles, Harvey Redgrave, Sophie du Mont and Callyane Desroches – mission accomplished!


Christmas at Crest


Crest celebrated Christmas 2016 in a suitably festive fashion. Nimble (or at least enthusiastic) team members tried their feet at ice skating in the tree-adorned square at Somerset House, followed by champagne and hot chocolate to warm up. We then walked over the bridge to the Southbank Christmas market and had dinner at the BFI, where our resident quizmaster Niall Blake-Knox put our general knowledge and teamwork to the test. A great way to end the year and get in the spirit of the season. Who says criminal justice consultants don’t have any fun?



Five go to court


At Crest, we don’t believe in just looking at the big picture about the criminal justice system. Sometimes you need to see at first hand what happens on the ground and remind yourself that behind every statistic can be a very human story. Four of our newer team members went to Camberwell Green Magistrates Court in south London, with Jon, our Director of Communications (who spent a fair bit of time there once upon a time as a crime reporter). Read what analyst Callyane Desroches made of her time in the public galleries.



We’re always on the lookout for great talent. Send us your CV and we will contact you when we have a position available.