With the objective of helping businesses achieve their potential and drive performance through specialist leadership support, Amanda established ALONGSIDE with the view that success can be achieved by maximising strengths and utilising the talents of people, in direct opposition to some more traditional views that focus on ‘fixing’ weaknesses.
Following a 17-year career in the banking sector with the Halifax, where Amanda became one of the bank’s youngest branch managers, in 1997 she opted for a career change, joining Dale Carnegie Training where she has gone on to have international success.
Over a 15 year period Amanda has worked with clients to develop their people and businesses in the arena of leadership development, building high performance teams and through coaching and facilitation, and became one of only a handful of Dale Carnegie Master Trainers who acted as a Subject Matter Expert for Leadership and Process Improvement, delivering training in 26 different countries.
Through her work with ALONGSIDE, Amanda now specialises in coaching Senior Managers and Executives, providing them with a supportive yet challenging sounding board to enable them to gain clarity around their vision and business strategies.
Amanda has extensive experience working in both the private and government sectors. She has worked with blue chip companies to design and deliver innovative training and development solutions. Her ability to build strong relationships and to gain an in-depth understanding of her clients’ businesses has enabled her to build enduring partnerships with her clients.
Amanda has been involved in the Performance Improvement field for over 15 years. Before joining Dale Carnegie in 1998, she worked with ideasUK, supporting clients with the introduction of employee involvement and recognition programmes. During this period she worked with organisations in Europe, South Africa and the Middle East.
Amanda has worked with companies in the manufacturing, finance, retail, sports, hospitality, leisure, shipping, media and facilities management industries as well as numerous government agencies. She has extensive experience working in the social housing sector.
Areas of Expertise :
Senior Team Development, One to One Coaching, Strengths Based Leadership, Talent Management
Managing Director1 - 5 Employees 2010 - CurrentCoaching and Leadership Development
Dale Carnegie Training
Master Trainer100+ Employees 2005 - 2013Responsible for the development and certification of Dale Carnegie trainers across 26 countries
Dale Carnegie Training Northern England
Project Director100+ Employees 1998 - 2010Responsible for selling. designing and delivering customised development solutions for businesses in the North of England
Halifax Building Society
Analyst HO Operations100+ Employees 1988 - 1997Responsible for working on projects drive change throughout the branch network to build competitive advantage
Halifax Building Society
Branch Manager100+ Employees 1979 - 1988Responsible for running a highly successful branch in Swinton
Stand Grammar School for Girls1971 - 1978
American High School Diploma
Fair Lawn High School New Jersey USA1975 - 1976Attended High School during my year as a Foreign Exchange Student in the USA