Amanda Williamson is a senior executive, specialising in both strategic and crisis leadership in complex, high-threat environments.
Amanda has served in a range of Government roles at Federal and State level, both as a commissioned officer in the Australian Defence Force and in numerous senior roles in emergency services, in both domestic and international appointments. Proficient in Indonesian language and in-country expertise, Amanda was appointed as the inaugural Australian Director of the Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction, where she delivered a $67 million disaster management program, working alongside the United Nations, World Bank, ASEAN, APEC and other bilateral donors.
For over a decade, Amanda has consistently been at the forefront of leading teams of emergency responders, supporting affected Australasian communities during large-scale disaster events. Most notably, Amanda served as NSW regional commander for the 2015 Hunter Valley super storms, the largest disaster in the region for over 60 years. In 2016, as Western Australia’s first female fire and emergency services superintendent, she commanded 400 volunteer emergency responders, managing natural disasters across the state.
Currently, a senior leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Perth, Amanda is responsible for supporting public and private sector clients who are undergoing large-scale transformation and cultural reform.
Amanda is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and has seen operational service with the Australian Defence Force in East Timor and Afghanistan, where she was awarded the US Bronze Star for leadership in action. Amanda holds tertiary qualifications in Asian Studies, international relations, logistics and management. An active member of the Australian Army Reserve, she is currently responsible for the training of Army Reservists in WA, and in 2019 she will be promoted to the rank of Colonel and be appointed as Deputy Commander of the 13th Brigade.
Her board appointments include positions on the Premier’s Veterans Advisory Council, Duke of Edinburgh International Award and Soldier On where she holds the appointment of State Ambassador.