After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 1993 with a BA (Hons) in Illustration, Amanda worked as an editorial and advertising artist for The News, Portsmouth gaining the accreditation of Newspaper Design of the Year award. Amanda went on to teach Apple Mac software at Southampton Institute where she developed a passion for education and graphics combined. As a graphic designer Amanda has been involved in work including book illustration, publishing, vehicle graphics and interior design. In education, along with art clubs and stage sets, she has helped to design and manage a school intranet system. Before joining the unique and dynamic team at Coastal Partners, Amanda was responsible for managing a four-mile stretch of coastline at Hayling Island, which included a mile of Blue Flag Beach, an international award prestigiously presented to this beach for 26 consecutive years.