Amanda joined Collaborate in 2023. She has a background as a health professional, social scientist, coach and transformation leader, and is driven by her passion for developing generative cultures; social innovation, and collaboration for collective impact – and for people-led change.

Amanda has a master’s in health research, and a PGCE. She has experience of leadership and progressive infrastructure development within the VCSE and is a Clore Social Fellow. She brings expertise in applied participatory action research, culture change and creative approaches to engagement across sectors. She has experience of collaborative funding, managing complex projects, and applying research in practice.

In her previous role as CEO for CoLab Exeter, Amanda led the successful development and growth of a multi-agency hub. She also led several system change, and cross-sector alliance programmes linked to mental health, DVSA, complex lives, social prescribing, women in the justice system and housing and homelessness.

In their own words:

The question I always end up asking is this; how do we make this work in practice? How do we take the good practice guidelines, the theory, the aspiration and the reality of the constraints and resources, and do something genuinely impactful and inspiring?

For the last decade I’ve had the great fortune to have opportunity and agency to explore many ways of answering that question – often with support from Collaborate as a learning partner. I’m excited to become part of the team, and to discover where I can continue to contribute, add value and learn