Lead of the Council
Cllr Denise Hyland has been a Member of the Royal borough of Greenwich since 2006, and was elected the first ever woman Leader of the Borough in 2014, having previously been the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills.
Her portfolio as Leader includes Strategy and Finance, Resources, Communications and Community Consultation, and Emergency Planning. She is also a Ward Councillor for Abbey Wood.
Denise sits on the Children’s Trust Board and Planning Board. She has also been a school governor at two primary schools.
Denise has lived in the borough since university and has raised her family here. She has a background in education and has worked as a youth worker, community education manager and teacher/manager in Greenwich for over 30 years. Her experience was as an English and Drama teacher, manager and examiner, and also a Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator.
After finishing teaching full-time, Denise set up an education consultancy, working across London and Essex, and with her business partners produced curriculum materials and career guides for use in schools. She has experience of being an Achievement Mentor in secondary schools in Southwark and Lambeth and has also worked as an English specialist guiding departments to improve their examination results and build capacity.
Denise has been a BAFTA judge, and was filmed for Channel 4, teaching Shakespeare to inner city students. She has also co-produced exemplar projects for the Creative and Media Diploma, and worked on a Performing Arts Apprenticeship scheme with a range of high profile arts venues in the capital, such as English National Ballet, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Royal Albert Hall, Hackney Empire, The Gate and others.
Cllr Hyland is Chair of the Council’s Cabinet and of the General Purposes Committee, and is a member of the Planning Board and the Standards Committee.
For the Royal Borough, Cllr Hyland is also a member of the following outside bodies:
- London Councils Leaders’ Committee
- Children’s Trust Board
- Health & Wellbeing Board (Chair)
- Destination Greenwich / Visit Greenwich
- Greenwich Enterprise Board
- Growth Boroughs Joint Committee
- Royal Parks Board
- By personal invitation, Denise chairs the World Heritage Site Steering Group
One Woman who inspired Denise
Violette Reine Elizabeth Szabo GC (néeBushell; 26 June 1921 – c. 5 February 1945) was a French-born British Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent during the Second World War and a posthumous recipient of the George Cross. On her second mission into occupied France, Szabo was captured by the German army, interrogated, tortured and deported to Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany, where she was executed.
This poem by Leo Marks was used in the war as code and used in the film Carve her name with pride about Szabo's life
The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.
A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause.
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.