National Director for Adoption and Spread
Amanda has more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS with more than 22 years as board director in complex organisations and systems. She initially trained as a physiotherapist, before moving into executive management roles. She worked in broad health and care organisations, including acute, community and mental health services, before taking executive transformation roles spanning entire systems in the North West.
Since 2017, Amanda worked at Health Innovation Manchester as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer. She was instrumental in leading and shaping Health Innovation Manchester, which brought the Greater Manchester Academic Health and Science Network (AHSN) and the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaborative for Greater Manchester (NIHR ARC-GM) together, to focus on driving rapid innovation from discovery through to development then into system adoption.
Amanda’s role has been to build a culture of partnerships and collaboration to create a seamless pathway from discovery, science and industry engagement through to adoption and diffusion at pace and scale. This included strategic leadership of Health Innovation Manchester’s AHSN commission.
Amanda is passionate about improving standards of healthcare and well-being across the health and social care economy, working with partners, patients and the wider population to rapidly discover, develop and deploy innovations using digital capabilities.
Amanda joined the AHSN Network central team in 2022, to lead work surrounding best practice approaches to adoption and spread of innovation.