About Amanda

I started consulting in 2012 to do the work I enjoy for the people and organisations I care about.

I'm a former barrister and solicitor and a Churchill Fellow with post graduate qualifications in public policy and board governance.

I've lived and worked across Australia and southern Africa and in Indonesia, following my curiosity about people and cultures.

 

Some achievements:

  • established a CEO forum for CEOs of not-for-profits in Melbourne

  • introduced better practice standards for 14 regulators in Victorian health and human services portfolios 

  • established $50m Victorian integrated water cycle grants program 

  • introduced sustainability reporting by all Victorian government departments

  • developed the first national standard for health care services to use consumer complaints to improve quality of care and open disclosure

  • conducted national consultation with Aboriginal communities on reparations for the stolen generations, called Restoring Identity.

I work with Ethos CRS to provide professional development for government staff and managers in communications and leadership.  

I'm part of the map consulting group, a group of 25 experienced professionals providing services to the community sector. 

Background

I grew up in rural South Australia in a family with a strong commitment to social justice and caring for the environment. Those values have shaped my career and life choices. 

I started my career as an activist and political adviser. Then I became a banking and finance lawyer for the intellectual stimulation and for a different world view. Next I was a principal solicitor and advocate with public interest law centres for over 10 years. My next move was into the public sector as a senior manager in the NSW and Victorian governments for 12 years.

I'm on the board of the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority and a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria, conducting public hearings on major planning and environment proposals. 

I was a director and President of the National Environmental Law Association for five years and on the board of the Urban Development Institute of Australia's EnviroDevelopment certification program for two years.

 

 Positions I've held include:

  • Senior adviser, Department of Health and Human Services Victoria

  • Director and principal adviser, Department of Sustainability and Environment Victoria

  • National project manager, Health Care Complaints Commission, NSW

  • Head, health and social justice policy, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

  • Principal solicitor, Environment Defenders Office and Consumer Law Centre  

  • Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques

  • Policy officer and journal editor,  Black Lawyers Association, South Africa

 

I've volunteered in the Brotherhood of St Lawrence's mentoring program for refugee women and at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. I'm active at my local community garden and I'm a member of Friends of Merri Creek.