Denise Bijoux

Denise is a visionary community activator with extensive experience in locally-led transformation and community building. She has worked in community development since the early 1990s in roles focused on successfully activating local change, including in her own neighbourhood. Denise runs Catalyse Network, is a senior member of the Inspiring Communities team, is a Board Member for the International Association of Community Development (IACD), a founder of Placemaking Aotearoa, a Regional Network Leader for PlacemakingX, founding Chair of Gribblehirst Community Hub and current Chair of Grow Space. She was a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2012 and travelled through the US and Canada exploring the influence of CLD approaches on wider systems change.

Denise holds a Masters degree in Human Geography from the University of Auckland. She believes passionately in community-driven change and development and in a society where everyone and every place has the capacity to thrive by working with and from our strengths together. Because we are on one planet. Because we have everything to lose if we don’t. And because, together, 1+1=3.

Mobile: 021 245 6898
Email: Denise.Bijoux@inspiringcommunities.org.nz