Denise Strutt


Denise was appointed Chair of the board in 2023. A board member since July 2016, Denise is the former now retired headteacher of Whitecross High School and Specialist Sports College in Hereford.

Previous career background

  • Teacher of Mathematics and ICT
  • Former Deputy Head of Dene Magma School, Gloucestershire and former Head of Ansford Community School in Castle Cary
  • Headteacher ambassador for Youth Sport Trust
  • Vice Chair of Governors - Hereford College of Arts
  • Chair of the Local Organising Committee for Herefordshire School Games

Current areas of Responsibility

  • Trustee of John Kyrle High School Herefordshire and Vice Chair of Personnel Committee
  • Governor of QW Academy, Bromyard and Chair of Evidence review committee
  • Chair of Creative Connections
  • Director of H&W Arts Development Ltd

Career Highlight - Overseeing the £21.4m development of new school buildings for Whitecross High School - 2006

Areas of interest/expertise

  • Children & Young people and their health and wellbeing - physical and emotional.
  • Personnel.

Personal interests and hobbies

  • Sporting: Yoga, Swimming, cycling, walking and kayaking
  • Creative: Singing with Ross Penyard Singers, Reading & Quilting
  • Other: Travel and being by the sea

Greatest sporting moment - Attending the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics. Particularly seeing the emotional connection between nationalities and the joy of sharing success.