Amanda has been working in the voluntary sector for 15 years, setting up community groups and then going on to chair the local Parent Carer council in Brighton & Hove. Amanda’s background is in family support and she has managed a peer befriending service across Sussex for both Scope and local charity Amaze Sussex. Amanda was previously Chair of the BDFA and has guided the charity through one of the most challenging periods of its history.
Amanda’s inspiration for her work in the sector is her eldest child. Livvy, now 19, has an undiagnosed rare disease (awaiting a possible diagnosis from the 100,000 genomes project) and has profound disabilities with intractable epilepsy.
Amanda has a particular interest in education and 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.
Prior to working in the voluntary sector, Amanda’s career was in journalism, having spent over 20 years as a writer and editor for national publications. Amanda is also in her first year of a part time MsC in Voluntary Sector Management at Cass Business School.