About Amanda

I started consulting in 2012 after a career in government and public interest advocacy groups. 

 

I'm a lawyer and a thinker. I'm a Churchill Fellow with post graduate qualifications in public policy and board governance.

Some achievements:

  • better practice standards and performance reporting for 14 health and human services regulators in Victoria

  • established $50m integrated water cycle grants program for the Victorian government  

  • reviewed the $200m Reef Rescue program for WWF-Australia to strategically position them as a lead player

  • conducted national consultation with Aboriginal communities on reparations for the stolen generations.

I've been on government and not for profit boards for over 20 years.

I'm a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria conducting public hearings on planning and environment impacts of major development proposals. 

 

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

I'm part of the map consulting group, a group of 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've lived and worked across Australia, in southern Africa and in Indonesia, following my curiosity about people and cultures.

 

I started my career as an activist and political adviser. Then I became a lawyer, first in banking and finance and later with public interest law centres. 

My next move was into the public sector as a senior manager advising on environment, planning and climate change policy.

In 2012 I went out on my own as a consultant.

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,  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.