Denise North

Principal Consultant

Denise North

Denise North is a business leader with three decades of experience understanding companies and organisations from the top down and the ground up. Across multiple sectors and industries, she has held board appointments, led companies as chief executive, and been a strategic consultant, executive coach and analyst.

This breadth of experience has culminated in her ability to rapidly encompass core business concerns and identify opportunities and challenges. Denise achieves results by synthesising her technical skills with her flair for understanding people and inspiring harmonious solutions.


  • Executive coaching and mentoring;
  • Leadership development;
  • Diversity & inclusion;
  • Board engagement and governance advice;
  • Strategic business transformation.


Denise has successfully driven change across a range of sectors and has held CEO roles in community organisations, professional services firms and professional associations. She has held senior commercial and strategic roles in top listed corporations, and been an Executive Director of privately owned and family businesses.

Denise has extensive experience in the for purpose sector as a chief executive, company secretary, board and committee member and chair. As a senior executive in community organisations and professional associations, she has played a key role in strategy development and implementation, business transformation, market and brand repositioning and organisational restructuring.

Denise’s depth of experience on both sides of the CEO-Board relationship gives her unique insights into the structure and dynamics of this critical dimension of an organisation’s performance. She draws on her leadership experience and coaching capability to support directors, chairs, CEOs and other senior executives in building and sustaining constructive relationships based on trust, fairness and effectiveness.

Denise has worked directly with the Boards of non-profit organisations to review and improve their constitutions, governance structures and effectiveness and to develop strategy.


Since joining Executive Central in 2015, Denise has coached business owners, senior executives and practitioners in the finance, legal, human resources, consulting and service delivery functions across the aviation, construction, banking, legal services, technology, public and non profit sectors.


  • Certificate in Corporate Governance, INSEAD, 2013
  • Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney, 2014;
  • Company Directors Course, AICD, 2004
  • MBA (Executive), Australian Graduate School of Management, 2001
  • BEc (Hons), University of Sydney, 1982