Denise is Vice Principal for Curriculum and Quality at South Essex College of Further Education where she has college-wide responsibility for curriculum and quality, spanning general further and higher education. She was previously Principal and Chief Executive at Newham College of Further Education.
She has 26 years’ experience in further education, including 18 years’ experience in senior leadership roles. From 2002 to 2010, Denise was Deputy Principal and Deputy CEO at Newham College.
Between 1999 and 2002, she was Vice Principal for Curriculum, Quality and Student Achievement at Havering College. And from 1988 to 1999, she worked at Newham College in a variety of roles, including Race Equality Manager and curriculum management positions.
Denise has significant experience as a trustee/company director in organisations relevant to further education and skills, including directorships at the 157 Group and London Capital Colleges and trusteeships at LSIS and Newham Training and Education Centre. She was also a commissioner on the Colleges in their Communities inquiry led by Baroness Sharp.
She was one of the architects of the Newham College Access Diploma, widely recognised as the inspiration for the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework.