Cllr Denise Hyland


“I believe that all should benefit from the economic prosperity created and so the work of CLES is a good fit for me. I’m excited and look forward to making an active contribution as a trustee and non-executive director”

Cllr Denise Hyland has lived in London since leaving teacher training college in Hull.  Denise spent her career teaching in schools, youth centres and adult education centres in the Borough of Greenwich. She was heavily involved in bringing adult education programmes to council estates and developing a modular access programme to Higher Education. Denise was an English & Drama teacher and was invited to be a BAFTA judge for two years running.  After finishing teaching she set up an education consultancy, with colleagues, writing teaching materials, careers guides, mentoring students to achieve and advising English departments across London on raising attainment. Denise also spent time working on a Performing Arts Young Apprenticeship Programme, assisting students with their work experience at top venues in London, such as the Royal Albert Hall, Hackney Empire, ENO, ENB and The Gate theatre. 


Denise became a Labour Councillor in 2006. She was elected to the Council’s Executive in 2007 as portfolio holder for Economy and Skills, then adding Planning, Regeneration and Transport to her brief and then in 2014 was elected as the first woman Leader of the Council. In May 2018, Denise stood down from the Leadership to become Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Apprenticeships. She is the Council’s representative on some social enterprises, such as Greenwich Enterprise Board, South East Enterprise, Digital Cities Greenwich, and ‘Woolwich Works’ – the new creative district. Denise also chairs the Greenwich World Heritage Site. 

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