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Community Chief Receives Fellowship

Everton's Deputy CEO takes on two new roles.

Community Chief Receives Fellowship

Everton Football Club is delighted to announce that Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Chief Executive Officer of Everton in the Community and the Club’s Deputy Chief Executive, has recently accepted two prestigious positions in the world of North West business. 

January 2014 has seen Denise awarded a Fellowship in the Liverpool Hope Business School as well as joining the North West branch of the Two Percent Club.

The role of Fellow at Liverpool Hope Business School will see Denise deliver a number of teaching hours each year to both first year and postgraduate students, which will focus on business models for Premier League clubs and how they can make a difference in their local community.

From the start of the calendar year, Denise has been a member of the Two Percent Club in the North West; a group that aims to bring together leading and influential women from across all sectors and regions of the UK to inspire and lead more women to participate and succeed at all levels of business, including the boardroom.

Both roles will see Denise share her wealth of experience from both Everton in the Community and Everton Football Club as well as knowledge previously gained from across all stages in the education sector.

Speaking after accepting both prestigious positions, Denise said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been invited to join these two prestigious organisations and I am dedicated to share my experience in the industry to hopefully benefit others in the future.

“I am very much looking forward to spreading the Everton in the Community message across the North West and educating even more people about the fantastic work we do in our region. If my involvement with these organisations can inspire more people to strive to make a difference in their local communities then I will consider it a job well done.”

Dr John Brinkman, Dean of Sciences & Social Sciences at Liverpool Hope University added: “I am absolutely delighted that Dr Barrett-Baxendale has agreed to join the group of highly professional people who contribute in a real way to the understanding and development of our business and management students."

Denise accepted the role of Chief Executive of Everton in the Community in January 2010 and since her appointment, the charity has received a plethora of local, national and international award wins in recognition of the life-changing work the charity undertakes on a daily basis.

During Denise’s tenure, the Club’s official charity has been successful in gaining new and significant funding to help the most hard-to-reach groups of people in Liverpool realise their potential and take advantage of the life-changing opportunities the charity has to offer.

In the past two years alone, the charity has secured almost £1million from the Big National Lottery Fund to deliver a programme to help young offenders integrate back into society and also gained approval from the Department of Education to open Everton Free School – the first charity affiliated to a Premier League club to open a free school.

The last 12 months has seen Everton in the Community celebrate its quarter centurion year and Denise has spearheaded a year-long campaign to help the Club’s official charity reach a £1million fundraising target, which will draw to a close with a day of celebratory activity on Saturday 1 February when the Blues take on Aston Villa at Goodison Park.
 
Denise was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Everton Football Club in October 2011 and promoted to Deputy Chief Executive in June 2013. Her Club position sees her working to improve the match day experience for supporters and raising standards within the Club and in 2013 assisted Everton Football Club in achieving an ‘Excellent’ status by the Health at Work Workplace Wellbeing Charter – the first football club in the country to have been awarded this status.

This charter is a national benchmarking scheme designed to encourage employers to make positive changes in the workplace to benefit the health and wellbeing of their staff.

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