Denise is Principal and Chief Executive of Stoke on Trent College where she is refocusing the organisation on its core business of technical and professional education, whilst developing and implementing a long-term strategy to secure the future sustainability.
She has 26 years’ experience in further education, including 18 years’ experience in senior leadership roles. She was was Vice Principal for Curriculum and Quality at South Essex College of Further Education where she had college-wide responsibility for curriculum and quality, spanning general further and higher education.
Denise was Principal and Chief Executive at Newham College of Further Education until the Summer of 2017 when she left to join Stoke on Trent College. From 2002 to 2010, she 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.