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 1500 hours of coaching experience supporting people in organisations from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
On top of running her own coaching business, Denise works as an Associate Coach. She supports national leadership development initiatives such as the NHS England GP Personal Development Programme and Macmillan Cancer Support. In 2018, she was invited to Qatar to co-lead a retreat week for Sidra Medicine’s Executive Director and her leadership teams.
Denise is also an approved facilitator at the University of Liverpool where she delivers programmes for new managers and early career academics. She has provided start-up support to hundreds of students and graduates looking at self-employment as a career option.
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.