Denise Chalmers is Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Australia. She has for over 25 years demonstrated leadership in higher education. She was Professor in the field of higher education teaching and learning and had led two university Centres of Teaching and Learning as Director. She was a Foundation Director of the Carrick Institute (later ALTC) with specific responsibility for Awards, Fellowships and International Links. She has served as President and then as Vice President of the Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development (CADAD) since 2008. Denise has a national and international reputation for her leadership and scholarly contribution to building individual and institutional capacity in teaching and learning in higher education at local, national and international levels. She is recognised for her innovation in enhancing students’ learning and engagement through the development of teachers and teaching. Denise’s work has had a significant impact on her own students and many hundreds of university teachers. Through them, she has enhanced the learning experience of many thousands of students.