Amanda’s professional background is in housing. She is the past chair of the professional standards body in Scotland, the Chartered Institute of Housing. Her focus has always been on the importance of people’s homes for their health and well-being. For over a decade she led a national change programme, Place Home & Community, that designed services delivered in partnership between housing, health and social care.
Amanda has a strong research background. For 15 years, she was the Managing Director of a company she had built to become a highly respected provider of research and advice to public services across the UK. She is an author, contributor and editor of numerous studies and reports about the care, housing and support needs of older people and people living with dementia.
She now holds a portfolio of positions
- National Advisor, Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care, where until recently she led its care homes programme. She is now setting up a programme to develop digital solutions for people with multiple and complex needs at risk of drug-related harm.
- Communications Consumer Panel, Member for Scotland, a UK public appointment. The Panel is a statutory body charged with providing advice and challenge to the UK communications regulator, Ofcom
- Board Chair, Iriss, a Scottish charity that works with people, workers and organisations in social work and social support to help them use knowledge and innovation to achieve change
- Member, Human Rights and Public Policy Committee, Alzheimer Scotland.