Professor David Denyer

Professor of Leadership and Organisational Change

Organisational Resilience and Change Leadership

David works with commercial and non-commercial organisations to help them become more resilient and to build capabilities for leading change.


  • Helping leaders do leadership in an uncertain world
  • Managing change in extreme contexts
  • Extending leadership capability and improving team effectiveness
  • Risk anticipation and response
  • Stress-testing, evaluation and preparedness measurement
  • Foresight and futures analysis
  • Building strategic agility and innovation
  • Delivering behavioural and cultural change


David works with clients to devise and deliver innovative change interventions that address the toughest issues affecting organisations today. He helps organisations build resilience into future strategy and develop the leadership capability to not just survive, but to thrive, in disruptive and uncertain times.

As head of the Organisational Resilience and Change Leadership group, David regularly speaks at high-profile industry events including the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management, Airmic (the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce), The Business Continuity Institute, and the British Standards Institute group annual conference.

He has worked with senior leaders in some of the world’s best-known companies and highest-profile government organisations to co-create innovative interventions that resolve their most complex issues, helping them anticipate, prepare for and respond to disruptions, positively adapt in the face of challenging conditions, leverage opportunities, and deliver sustainable performance improvement.


  • Sellafield
  • Broadmoor Hospital
  • Centrica
  • The Welsh Assembly Government
  • National Preparedness Commission
  • Siemens
  • RSA
  • LKQ
  • Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • UK Civil Aviation Authority


  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • Fellow of the British Academy of Management
  • Fellow of the CIPD
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Centre for Evidence-based Management
  • Fellow of the Advanced Institute for Management Research
  • Member of the British Standards Institution (BSI) technical committee for organizational resilience

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