Major Projects Association , executive director
Denise is the Executive Director of the Major Projects Association where she works with the MPA team, Board and members to improve the initiation and delivery of major projects through the interaction of members from all sectors in sharing experience, knowledge and ideas. As Professor of Engineering Project Management at the University of Leeds, Denise works with colleagues, government and industry to unlock the behavioural requirements needed to bring about a step change in major project performance. Denise has worked in collaboration with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority to develop a "Project Initiation Routemap” (Routemap) to enable more informed project and programme initiation and delivery decisions. Denise is also an independent member of the Mott MacDonald shareholder committee providing advice to and oversight of their Executive Board.
She is on the Council of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), a member of the Infrastructure Client Group, Chair of the Capacity Building and Professionalism Panels at the ICE and member of and a member of at all party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities. Denise was a judge for the prestigious Wolfson Economics Prize 2014 which is the second largest economics prize after the Nobel Prize and she was a member of Construction Industry Strategy Advisory Council that wrote Construction 2025 (an industrial strategy for the construction sector); the ICE Infrastructure State of the Nation Scorecard Steering Group and the IUK Cost Review Steering Group.
Denise has very strong links across the academic community collaborating on teaching and research activities. She has published widely in academic journals and authored and co-authored key text books on the subject of engineering project management.