Amanda is the co-founder of the Australasian Women in Emergencies Network, founded on International Women’s Day in 2018. She is the Climate and Disaster Resilience Adviser at Zoos Victoria, strengthening the resilience of our wildlife in the face of climate change and our changing disaster landscape. This includes strengthening community resilience through connection to, and support for nature.
Amanda has an established career in disaster resilience and emergency management including extensive experience at local, state and national government, working with communities, NGOs and in research projects. Amanda is also a volunteer with Australian Red Cross Emergency Services and a volunteer firefighter. She is deployed regularly in these roles, including in Victoria and NSW over the Black Summer bushfires in Australian in 2019-20.
Bridging the gap between national strategy and policy and local community led actualisation, Amanda is passionate about realising our collective wisdom and knowledge to build our collective strength to achieve our vision.
Amanda is passionate about recognising and celebrating the critical and often understated role that women play in disasters and she is a strong advocate for building awareness of the different ways disasters and climate change impact women and girls, in Australia and around the world. She is constantly in AWE of the strength, resilience and sheer determination shown by women in all walks of life.