It took Amanda a few attempts to finally figure out she was a planner. To get here, she travelled through the USA, UK, and Middle East, picking up degrees in Chemistry, Environmental Studies, and Urban and Regional Planning along the way. This broad academic background laid the foundation for her professional aim, which is to achieve sustainable development outcomes for local communities through an evidence and consultative-based approach to planning and place making.
Amanda cut her teeth in planning as a policy researcher for the Sustainable Small Expanding Towns (SusSET) project whilst completing her Masters degree in Scotland. Once her formal qualification was in hand, Amanda spent 5 years with a multi-national, multi-disciplinary company, progressing from a student urban designer working on neighbourhood-scale projects to senior planner delivering nationally-significant projects in Scotland and Kuwait, with million-dollar consultancy budgets.
In 2012, Amanda migrated to Australia with a visa sponsored by the Victorian Government to fill a gap in the planning industry. She joined the Strategic and Policy team at City of Whittlesea Council, one of the fastest growing local government areas in Melbourne, where she was involved with delivering various aspects of the Bushfire Management Policy project, Planning Scheme Review, and Green Wedge Implementation Plan before being appointed Policy Team leader.
Amanda moved to Newcastle in 2014 because it really is Australia’s best-kept secret. Her first role as Manager, Regional Growth Planning for the (then) NSW Planning & Environment gave her exposure across all Local Governments and State Agencies responsible for long-term planning across the Hunter and Central Coast Regions. She defected back to consulting in 2016 to head up City Plan’s Newcastle office and hasn’t looked back since.
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