Before setting up her coaching business, Denise was an award-winning manager in the corporate world. She specialised in turning around underperforming teams. One day, she realised that she was on the wrong path and something had to change…
Denise stepped down from the corporate ladder and started a coffee cart franchise; serving fresh coffee at shows, events and shopping centres across the UK – for which she won a Small Business Award.
Denise’s passion for people’s development and wellbeing led her to establish her second business, Barceidillo Ltd. She designed and delivered health and wellbeing programmes, focused on managing stress, to help leaders build their resilience in the workplace. It was a fantastic accolade when The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) used Denise’s work with QVC Shopping Channel as a case study.
Denise found her true calling in coaching and went on to train with The Coaches Training Institute and qualified as a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC), accredited by the International Coaching Federation. She set up her third business Denise Chilton Ltd in 2010 and since then has accumulated over 2000 hours of coaching experience supporting people in organisations from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
In addition to running her own coaching business, Denise works as an Associate Coach for Beyond Coaching. She has worked since 2015 as part of their coaching team delivering on a number of NHS England national coaching and leadership development initiatives supporting Clinical Directors, GPs and Practice Managers in their roles and practices. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, she has been part of the NHS Looking After You Too service, offering coaching to both clinical and non-clinical primary care staff to manage their psychological well-being and build resilience
As an approved executive coach with Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support she has coached senior staff in both clinical and non-clinical roles and fully understands the current challenges faced by healthcare professionals.
For over 10 years, Denise has also been an approved business, career and executive coach and facilitator at the University of Liverpool where she delivers management training programmes for new managers and 1:1 and group coaching for early career academics and professional services staff. She is an approved career coach on Prosper, a 12-month career development programme aimed at unlocking postdocs’ potential to thrive in multiple career pathways.
Denise is also a published author. Suddenly Single was published in 2017. In the same year, she was awarded ‘Mentor of the Year’ by Northern Power Women and one year later, she was shortlisted for the Forward Ladies’ ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’. Ultimately, Denise lives her life on purpose. She knows what is important to her and why she is here. She is passionate and committed to helping others do the same.