Hi, I’m Amanda. I’m a leadership coach, mum, writer, researcher, gardener, innovator for change in the workplace, and a lover of good dark chocolate. It depends on the day and time which of these is given priority!
I know what it’s like to grapple with the pressures of motherhood and still want to have a meaningful career as a leader. When I returned to work when my son was a year old, I struggled with things considered ‘normal’ parts of work, and being a working parent, that didn’t feel right. Amongst this I still aspired to be a leader, but was unsure what this meant, or even who I was anymore!
In working with a coach myself, we tuned my focus towards what was really important to me and my family. My experience became my inspiration for doing my PhD on Motherhood and Leadership, uncovering opportunities for the empowerment of mothers as leaders.
I’m also drawing on my 15+ years experience coaching managers and leaders towards high performance, to offer the same sort of coaching that I found so powerful on my own journey to other mothers navigating this world of work, life and leadership.
Me, my husband Gareth, son Joshua and cat Poppy, live in Papakura, New Zealand. It’s almost as far South in Auckland as you can get and still call it Auckland. We’re surrounded by native bush, Kereru (wood pigeons) and Tuis.