Born in the U.K. and of Zambian heritage, Amanda is a committed Christian and member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Amanda has more than 20 years’ experience, extensive knowledge and expertise in working to alleviate poverty, injustice and inequality, with a special focus on women’s leadership, civic engagement and volunteering.
Prior to joining Christian Aid, her most recent appointment was as the Chief of Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation for the United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNDP), based in Germany. Prior to this she was the Director of Policy for VSO International, based in London, where she was responsible for programme policy and programme effectiveness across the whole federation and VSO global. She has also served as Head of External Relations and Head of Programmes at Skillshare International UK as well as Women in Business Coordinator at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa in Lusaka where she began her career in international development.
Amanda has a Master’s degree in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick, and a Bachelor of Laws degree, from the University of Zambia.
Amanda has served as a trustee on the board of Bond and as President of Akina Mama wa Afrika. She became a trustee of Christian Aid in 2015 and stood down from the Board in order to apply for the Chief Executive position. She started as Chief Executive in April 2018.
She is married and has two children.