Our History

Amanda Spalding Consulting previously operated as Darrell Hair Associates - Management Consultants from 2010 to 2013.

Our Clients - Leeton Shire Council

Assisted Leeton Shire Council to draft a submission to the NSW Parliament Rural Health Inquiry in November/ December 2020 through research and stakeholder and community engagement.

How to Get the Best Out of Our Councils

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

Manly - Ombudsman Report

In 2010 when I was Deputy General Manager at Manly Council I led the review and change management of the Council’s Advisory Committee system, reducing from 52 to 16 Committees meeting bi-monthly or quarterly rather than the previous monthly cycle which was very resource intensive. The governance procedures were refreshed and the Chair of the Bicycle Committee didn't like the changes and so made a complaint to the Ombudsman. The full report into the complaint and investigation is available at the NSW Ombudsman's website: https://www.ombo.nsw.gov.au/ Unfortunately the complaint was in my name. I was exonerated by the Ombudsman and his letter is available by clicking on the link above. It says that the report 'makes no adverse finding or comment about your conduct as the Deputy General Manager of Manly.'

Whistle blowing - disloyalty or duty of care?

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.

Rockdale End of Term Report 2012 and Rockdale City Plan 2013 - 2025

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.

Our Clients - Not for Profits

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.

Our Clients - Not For Profit

Amanda Spalding undertook a review of the Learning Solutions business of the NSW Local Government and Shires Associations (LGSA).

Our Clients - Councils' - Integrated Planning and Reporting

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.

Our Clients - Victorian Government

Darrell Hair led a leadership seminar with 100 managers at the Victorian Traffic Accident Commission on Dealing with Pressure and Meeting Deadlines.

Our Clients - NSW Police - Leadership and Resilience

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.

Our clients - Liverpool City Council

We presented a Councillor Professional Development Program including: The Legal and Ethical Responsibilities of Councillors; Time Management for Councillors, and Planning Legislation and Regulations.