BA, GDChHist, GDTheol, MA
Amanda is the Project Officer for the University’s Strategic Goal, Changing Culture: Responding to the Royal Commission. This Goal was added to the University’s Strategic Plan in late 2018 and Amanda commenced employment in the part-time role of Project Officer in early 2019. The Goal’s focus draws on the recommendations of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to foster and implement best practice in theological education, ministry formation, and professional supervision. It also aims to facilitate cultural change following the research and reports of the Royal Commission.
Amanda is a PhD candidate with the University, studying part-time. Amanda’s first career was in the arts industry as a film and television director, and occasionally directing theatre and outdoor events. She led workshops and taught short courses in film and television and participated in arts industry governance bodies. Deciding to undertake further studies for herself, Amanda chose theology and enrolled with the University of Divinity (then MCD). These studies continued and led to a second career working in pastoral ministry. Starting in 2010 she worked as a pastoral associate in several urban parishes and then as Diocesan Pastoral Services Consultant in a large regional diocese working in a wide range of pastoral, practical and governance areas.
Amanda has a strong interest in ecumenism and Christian unity, as well as more generally in justice and inclusion.