Denise Edghill has significant experience of working in the public, private and voluntary sectors, primarily in roles to promote local economic growth, productivity and social inclusion. As Director of Growth at Southampton City Council, she led ambitious plans to regenerate the city, with responsibility for a diverse range of services including transport, planning, property, skills, economic development and culture. Her previous roles ranged from voluntary sector programme management in London to running a commercial art gallery in Marlborough. Denise has been employment and skills advisor to the Local Government Association, she managed the Cabinet Office interface for the Southampton and Portsmouth City Deal on behalf of both cities and led the negotiations with HM Treasury for a Solent Devolution Deal on behalf of Solent leaders. Denise chaired the EU Structural Funds Committee for the Solent LEP area, and she also chaired the judging of the annual South Coast Business Awards. She holds a BA (Hons) in History and Politics, Grad IPM/CIPD, and an MA in Education (M Ed).