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Denise Bennett

Denise Bennett

Stanford Children's Health

Denise is an experienced Lean Thinking practitioner and coach with deep experience in healthcare and local government. Denise had the opportunity to pioneer the application of this approach to both of these sectors, commencing her Lean Thinking and Practice journey at Flinders Medical Centre (2004), and then from 2010 to 2015 guiding the Lean Transformation at the City of Melbourne.  In 2015, Denise returned to healthcare joining the Stanford Children’s Health team in California as the Lean Sensei. With a mature lean system, this was Denise’s first experience as a lean coach in a brownfield site. Since July 2017, Denise has operated as a Lean Coach and Director for Lean Enterprise Australia and the Australasian Lean Healthcare Network. She is committed to supporting the development of strong Australasian examples of Lean Thinking and Practice and establishing networks and communities of practice in lean based management systems.

Denise began her career as a nurse and continued in that profession for 25 years before accidentally discovering Lean Thinking and Practice. She is passionate about developing people and uses visual practice constantly to engage service teams in improvement. She holds an MBA at the University of South Australia.