Amanda has over thirty years’ experience of working with children with special educational needs in both mainstream and special school settings. She joined PACE, a charity and specialist school for children with motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and their families, in 1995 initially working directly with the children as a teacher. Amanda became Head Teacher of PACE in 2002 and Chief Executive in 2012. She stepped down from this role in 2018 to focus on improving health and educational policy and practice for children with cerebral palsy through her leadership of the charity Action Cerebral Palsy.
As a Founder and Chief Executive of Action Cerebral Palsy, Amanda played a key role in the 2015 Parliamentary Inquiry on Cerebral Palsy resulting in the report Enabling Potential – Achieving a New Deal for Children with Cerebral Palsy. In 2018, she completed a Churchill Fellowship research project on best practice early intervention in Australia. She is passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people with cerebral palsy and associated special needs and providing support for their families through the promotion of best practice and policy reform.