Denise is a consultant, working with organisations on strategic management, organisational development, leadership development and professional/ team coaching. She is a vast experience working in the social justice sector as a strategist, a campaigns expert, a researcher and a commentator. Her areas of expertise include: Immigration, gender based violence, LGBT rights, coaching, leadership skills and strategy.

Denise Charlton has 25 years’ experience in the field of equality, human rights and anti-discrimination and integration issues, at a senior management level. Denise became Chief Executive Officer of the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) in 2003, an independent Law Centre, engaging with migrant rights. Prior to that, she was the Director of Women’s Aid, Dublin, an organisation working on issues related to gender based violence. In both roles, she has been involved in representation at local, national and international levels on social justice issues. She has been involved in several European Commission projects specifically in the area of integration, immigration and human trafficking. At EU level, roles included country coordinator for ENOTES, an EU observatory on human trafficking; the national focal point for the EU’s European Web Site on Integration and Irish expert to the European Women’s Lobby Observatory on violence against women for many years.

Denise has overseen research projects nationalimage 2ly and internationally on immigration, integration, gender and migration, gender based violence, access to justice and human trafficking.

Denise has worked with different anti-discrimination bodies and has worked on various governmental and NGO committees and commissions, including: Turn off the Red Light Campaign (on prostitution and anti-trafficking); Irish Government working group on Trafficking of Human Beings; Irish Government’s Steering Committee on Violence against Women; National Crime Council; Women’s Health Council.  Denise was the former Co-Chair of Marriage Equality, an initiative working for marriage rights for the LGBT community.

Denise is an experienced public speaker and is author of several articles on issues pertaining to discrimination, gender equality, violence against women, immigration/ integration.

Present Positions:

Grounded in in-depth knowledge of the social justice issues in Ireland and in the wider European and global context, Denise Charlton’s directorships, advisory roles and other memberships include:

Former Positions:


  • MSc, University College Dublin
  • BScs, University College Dublin
  • Diploma in Executive Coaching (Irish Management Institute
  • Diploma in Leadership (Irish Management Institute)
  • Harvard University, USA – Leadership (Ray Murphy Scholarship)
  • Columbia University, USA – Leadership
  • St Gerard’s School, Bray, Co Wicklow


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