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Denise has over 25 years’ experience leading organisations and chairing boards of NGOs and State organisations, nationally and internationally. She is presently a consultant and executive coach working with organisations on strategic review and development, strategic communications leadership and organisational & team development. She has significant operational experience at senior levels and proven expertise with change leadership and transformation programmes. She has specialist experience, coaching chief executives and senior management, particularly those transitioning into a new role(s). With an in-depth understanding of the impact of change at a personal and collective level, she has also had extensive experience working with groups in the areas of transition and conflict. She has a specific interest in supporting women in leadership roles.
Denise also acts as a public affairs consultant and strategic advisor, working with organisations on areas of progressive social change (e.g. LGBT, gender equality, gender-based violence, children rights, migrants’ rights and reproductive rights). Denise served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, an Independent Law Centre working on integration and migration. Prior to that, Denise was the Director of Women Aid, an organisation working on gender-based violence. In both roles, she worked at local, national and international levels on social justice issues and led successful campaigns for legislative change. This included the initiation and oversight of a range of EU Programmes. She was former Co-Chair of Marriage Equality and was represented on the strategy advisory group of Yes Equality. She also was head of Fundraising for Together for Yes and was represented on the strategy advisory group for the campaign. She was former vice-Chair of Children Rights Alliance and is presently strategic advisor to their campaign on child poverty. She is also a strategic advisor to the Turn off the Red Light Campaign, (a campaign group which changed the law on prostitution and anti-trafficking and continues to work to address exploitation in the sex trade). She has worked on a range of government and NGO Committees and Commissions, including the Irish Government Working Group on Trafficking of Human Beings; the National Steering Committee on Violence against Women, the National Crime Council and the Women’s Health Council.
Following on from the public consultation phase, the Irish Government have officially launched Ireland’s National LGBT+ Inclusion Strategy 2019-2021. Delighted to have facilitated
Working with Dr. Grainne Healy and Dr. Kathy Walsh to assist the Government with its public consultation on Hate Speech The consultation, which was launched