Amanda is the founder of The Harrison Riedel Foundation and current CEO and Company Secretary. After the death of her son, Harrison, Amanda delayed doctoral research she was pursuing in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University and began to develop a concept to increase the rate of help-seeking for our youth. Amanda believes it is important to provide a help-seeking tool that covers all young people because Harrison did not display any obvious mental health problems leading up to his death. He was conﬁdent, popular and accomplished in the activities that captured his interest. Harrison’s death shocked his family, his friends and peers, and his school community.
Amanda’ doctoral research was examining the role of social capital and networks in career progression and the potential impact on access to critical networks after periods of absence from the workplace. She was also exploring the role of sponsorship and mentoring initiatives as a means of enhancing key attributes of social capital, such as strong networks, trust, norms of reciprocity and information ﬂow. Her research was establishing an alternative perspective on the so-called pipeline effect.
Amanda’s early career was in banking and ﬁnance working in the treasury department of NM Rothschild ofﬁces both in Australia and in London. She left due to the mobility of her partner’s career and returned to study. Her most recent academic achievement earned Amanda a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology with ﬁrst class honours in 2008 before commencing her PhD early in 2010.