Chair since: 2006
Groups: TECR 220, KEY 116
Amanda started Spark Consultants, a commercial strategic design consultancy in 1998 after working for eight years in both public and private sectors. Spark Consultants was one of the first specialist interiors practices in Brisbane and in 2001 Amanda won the Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Award (QLD).
Amanda sat on the board of the Design Institute of Australia for seven years, was State President and then national Vice President of the Institute. In recognition of her service to the design industry Amanda was awarded Fellow of the Institute. During her time as a designer Amanda judged numerous awards programs, and was a grants panelist for Arts Queensland for three years.
She joined Executive Roundtable (ER) in 2000 (a Queensland based peer mentoring organisation) and was a member for 3 years, before assisting her husband Brian Cole to manage the business. In 2005 Amanda took over as Managing Director of the company and facilitated seven groups of CEO’s and business owners, and negotiated the merger of ER with TEC in 2006.
Amanda won the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to business, is a member of AICD and sits on numerous advisory boards for entrepreneurial businesses. Amanda is an experienced speaker and MC with a passion for supporting women in business.
Creative industry consulting, mentoring and facilitation, strategic conversations and goal setting.