Denise Church QSO
I work with individuals and teams across leadership development, strategy and governance, with a particular focus on senior executives and teams.

LDC coach and facilitator

I am an experienced Chair, company director, Chief Executive, coach and facilitator based in Wellington. My experiences in governance and senior management range across the public, private and not for profit sectors, including the energy industry, environment and sustainable development, science and research, tourism, and tertiary education.

As Chair, I have been closely involved in organisational start up and turnaround activities. I apply my knowledge of leadership and effective group dynamics in my roles as Director and Trustee, contributing to strong and effective Board functioning. I was recently appointed as Chair of the Karori Sanctuary Trust Board. My board appointments have included WWF NZ (Chair), Ako Aotearoa, the Foundation for Research Science and Technology, the MBIE Science Board, Wellington Zoo Trust (Chair), Wellington City Council CCO Performance Subcommittee, and Landcare Research.

I am Director of Leadership Matters Limited, a company I set up to focus on leadership development and high performance for senior managers, boards and executive teams. I facilitate action learning based leadership development programmes (LiP since 2002), and coach and support chief executives, boards, senior managers and leadership teams to clarify strategy, lead change, and fulfil their potential.

I was Chief Executive of the Ministry for the Environment from 1996 to 2001. Before that, I was Director of Public Affairs at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the UK, and a senior manager at British Gas plc. My earlier career spanned roles in environmental management in central and local government in New Zealand.Outside work, I am Scout Leader at Brooklyn Scout Group, and active in my local parish, and enjoy skiing, singing and playing the cello (not all at once).

I was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order (QSO) in the Queen's Birthday honours 2002.

If you'd like to find out how Denise can help you or your agency, please contact LDC at or 04 473 2222.


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