Ellis is a final stage PhD candidate in the Tourism Subject Group of Edinburgh Napier University's Business School. He is a former graduate of the institution, completing his BA (Hons) in Tourism & Airline Management in 2013. He was then selected as one of Edinburgh Napier’s 50th Anniversary Scholars to begin doctoral research within the Tourism School. His supervisory team includes Professor Anna Leask (Director of Studies), Dr Ivana Rihova and Dr Shuna Marr.
Prior to entering Higher Education, Ellis has held a number of operational roles in Scottish visitor attractions including Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Zoo and a recent appointment at The Palace of Holyroodhouse.