Amanda has 12 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, 20 years’ experience as a journalist and 10-years’ experience as a school governor. She has four children the eldest of whom has Lennox Gastaut, a complex and life threatening epilepsy syndrome, alongside severe learning disabilities and autism.
Her voluntary sector experience includes running Face 2 Face, a befriending project that provides emotional support for parents of disabled children through 1:1 and group work. The service was part of the national disability charity Scope and has recently been taken over by Amaze, a local charity in Brighton. It has a team of twenty volunteers and reaches around two hundred families a year. Amanda has also been Chair of the Parent Carer Council in Brighton and has represented parents on key local strategic groups, directly influencing decision making, particularly in the health sector. She set up a local outreach project supporting families in the most deprived areas of the city and this now runs as monthly coffee mornings through Amaze. Ten years ago, Amanda set up a parent-led preschool group for families with disabled children called Sweet Peas which is still thriving.
Amanda is Chair of Governors of a local primary school and a Parent Governor at a local special school. She also holds a city-wide position as Parent Governor Representative for the Children, Young People and Skills Committee which is a key strategic group. Amanda is also a freelance journalist, having spent over a decade in trade and women’s magazines, most recently as Commissioning Editor of She magazine.