With over 30 years' experience in empowering organisations to deliver outcomes
Amanda Spalding has been both a mentor and coach assisting me to succeed in my career. When Amanda and I both worked at Fairfield City Council, she was my mentor and helped me to develop my management capability and develop my leadership qualities. After Amanda became General Manager of Hay Shire Council, she coached me on job applications and interview skills, and I was successful in gaining the position of Business Improvement Facilitator at Cumberland Council, and recently became Manager Corporate Strategy and Business Improvement, City of Canada Bay. Amanda helped me to gain confidence in my own abilities and to be able to communicate my abilities to interview panels to further develop my career in local government.Ervina Lay: Manager Corporate Strategy and Business Improvement, City of Canada Bay
Amanda Spalding facilitated ten community consultation sessions to assist Bega Valley Shire Council in the development of its first Integrated Planning and Reporting framework. The ten sessions consisted of six place-based community forums and four issues-based forums. I found Amanda to be a skilled facilitator who listened carefully, giving feedback to the forum about her understanding of what was being said. She also dealt easily with some community members who had entrenched views of Council and the direction that the future should take. . She reported back on outcomes from the sessions and recommended best practice for strategy presentation. The final plan incorporated many outcomes from these sessions and ensured a completed link to the community input into the final adopted Council plans.Leanne Barnes, General Manager: Bega Valley Shire Council
I am fortunate to have Amanda Spalding as my mentor. She is generous in her support and knowledge of the sector, and shares her own experiences and insights when she thinks it will help in my decision making. As a mentor Amanda is not seeking to make clones. Rather she is attuned to my particular strengths and is honest about where I can develop. I believe that an effective mentoring relationship requires the mentee to be open and vulnerable in order to learn and be receptive to a mentors insights. Amanda has proven herself time and again to operate in this relationship with utmost integrity. To be someone I can trust to use that sensitive knowledge to help me, never to harm me or further her own interests (this is vital because in my experience some mentors can abuse that information shared in confidence for their own gain). When helping me at a crossroads recently, she shared what she would do but held the space for my very different personality, obligations and ambitions. She helped me draw focus from a mass of data, and make an informed decision that was my own. Amanda gives me the boost, with her wit, intelligence and directness, to come into my own potential, and often introduces ideas and options that I simply didn't see. I am grateful to have Amanda on my team as a professional who I respect, admire, and happen to like immensely!Tiffany Lee-Shoy: Culture Strategy - Senior Strategic Project Leader City of Parramatta
Amanda has been a long time member of ALGWA NSW. ALGWA NSW President, Lithgow City Councillor Cassandra Coleman [centre] visited Orange recently and took the opportunity to catch up with Orange City Councillor Joanne McRae [R] and Amanda Spalding [L] who was named one of the Top 50 Public Sector Women of NSW in 2018.Australian Local Government Women's Association NSW
In July 2018 Amanda Spalding was awarded the Inaugural Top 50 NSW Pubic Sector Women award recognising women’s inspirational leadership within the public sector and outstanding leadership in building high performing teams and transforming communities.Inaugural Top 50 NSW Pubic Sector Women award
Amanda was part of the organisation of the very successful 2019 Rainbow on the Plains Festival in Hay, NSW. Amanda worked on a voluntary basis as a member of a small Board, organising and promoting the entire event. The second annual festival was a major success with 40 groups and over 400 marchers in the Parade and a similar number attending celebration events on Saturday evening. It is estimated the weekend’s event generated some $200,000 spend from visitors for the local economy of Hay.Krista Schade, Chair Hay Mardi Gras Inc.: Role as a Director
‘The Workshop was well worthwhile, and useful; it was practical and well set out. The handbook and checklists are excellent resources.’Central West Region Community Home Support Program: Teresa Ashworth, CEO – Bathurst Seymour Centre
• Strategic Planning Grant sourcing, writing, submissions and acquittal • Community engagement • Facilitation • Professional development of Councillors and staff • Integrated Planning and Reporting • Business improvement and service reviews • Organisational reviews and change management • Human resource management • Mediation • Team building • Advocacy and lobbying • Strategic financial management • Business and service planning • Coaching • Mentoring • Leadership and management development • Experienced conference speakers
Amanda Spalding Consulting previously operated as Darrell Hair Associates - Management Consultants from 2010 to 2013.
I have been asked by Orange City Life to write a weekly column on How To Get the Best Out of Our Councils with the aim to help communities to understand local government better and exercise their responsibilities. The weekly columns are on this website under Articles. #localgovernment #informed #accountability
Amanda made this presentation to the National Australian Local Government Women's Association in May 2019. Very positive feedback was received from conference delegates about the choices Amanda made. The presentation and feedback are attached.
The Rockdale End of Term Report 2012 is best practice. The Rockdale City Plan 2013 - 2025 is an example of Results Based Accountability. Amanda led the development of the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework as Director of Corporate and Community at Rockdale City Council.
Affordable Community Housing Ltd. DHA's Amanda Spalding was contracted by the Board to provide coaching to 13 members of staff; to assist the Executive Management Team to operate more effectively, and to run a workshop on decision making to improve reporting to the Board.
Amanda Spalding undertook a review of the Learning Solutions business of the NSW Local Government and Shires Associations (LGSA).
Darrell Hair Associates assisted many councils in developing their first IPR frameworks, including Bankstown, Hawkesbury, Rockdale, Armidale, Fairfield, Dubbo, Glen Innes Severn and Bega Valley Shire.
Darrell Hair led a leadership seminar with 100 managers at the Victorian Traffic Accident Commission on Dealing with Pressure and Meeting Deadlines.
Darrell Hair made several leadership presentations to the NSW Police on the Senior Leadership Program at Hawkesbury and the Police Academy at Goulbourn. Amanda and Darrell developed a Resilience Program for the NSW Police.
We presented a Councillor Professional Development Program including: The Legal and Ethical Responsibilities of Councillors; Time Management for Councillors, and Planning Legislation and Regulations.