Dr. Denise Barrett-Baxendale is the Chief Operating Officer of Everton Football Club and Chief Executive Officer of the Clubs official charity Everton in the Community (EITC). Denise combines these roles with an unrelenting passion and desire to bring the best possible services, experiences and opportunities to the people of Merseyside and beyond.
In November 2011 it was Denise’s vision and leadership which helped EITC become the first professional club community scheme in the country to gain Government approval to open a Free School in Liverpool, giving disadvantaged young people an exciting alternative education pathway. Furthermore, in May 2011 Denise played a pivotal role in the Charity being awarded £930,000 from the Big Lottery to deliver a 5-year project called ‘Safe Hands’ working with young offenders in secure facilities. Denise has guided the Charity to win more than 40 major awards, as well as a European Stadium Business Awards as the ‘Best Community Scheme in Europe’ and ‘Community Club of the Year’ Awards in 2011 and 2012.