Achill Management is more than just a consultancy. We are a highly skilled, flexible and multi-disciplinary group of professionals whose background and experience spans all three sectors – private, public and civil society. We bring fresh thinking, expertise and insight to all our projects. We have a wide group of associates, partners and professionals in our network which means we can offer a holistic approach to creating sustainable solutions that are as unique as each of our clients.
Managing Director and Collaborative & Consortium Working Specialist
Amanda leads the team at Achill Management and has brought together a skilled and experienced group of consultants from a wide range of disciplines.
Amanda is a strategic thinker who understands both the policy environment and the operational constraints that organisations face. Having worked on national campaigns as well as at local level she is well versed in the demands of both national and local politics. She is a skilled facilitator and communicator with a track record of success working at board level for a range of businesses and organisations, particularly around issues of governance and sustainability. She specialises in consortium and collaborative working, in creating effective change, in creating and sustaining entrepreneurial approaches to income generation for her clients.
Amanda has expertise in strategy, change management, fundraising, donor relations and client relationship management as well as in helping organisations move from a grant dependency culture to one of sustainable financial independence. Amanda co-founded the Big Society Co-operative an innovative industrial provident society dedicated to develop better cross sector working, and was instrumental in the BSC winning a £600,000 bid to transform infrastructure support services for the civil society in Kent.
She has been a non- executive director on her local PCT, a trustee of numerous charities including CAB and Place to Be, and is currently a school governor and a Director of Worple Press a small independent publishing company specialising in poetry and arts titles.
Before founding Achill Management, Amanda was the CEO of the UN International Year of the Family in the UK, a Director in Executive Education at LBS and a Campaigner at the Industrial Society.
Director and Sustainability Specialist
Jim is an independent sustainability consultant with extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors where he has held a variety of senior executive roles. Most recently, Jim developed and led the environment campaigns of Business in the Community (BITC), supporting a wide range of multi-national corporates at Board level in their own sustainability programmes (including IBM, BT, EDF Energy, Unilever, Lloyds Banking Group, Alliance Boots, M&S, United Utilities) as well as engaging a wider group of businesses to encourage environmentally sustainable best practice. At BITC, Jim established HRH The Prince of Wales’s Mayday Network, providing support and encouragement to nearly 4000 businesses of all sizes in addressing the urgent issue of resource depletion and climate change. He continues to be closely associated with the Prince’s charitable and sustainability interests and is the architect and convenor of the Prince’s Business Emergency Recovery Group (BERG). Jim’s other clients include the Centre for Low Carbon Futures, working alongside the Centre’s member universities and business schools to develop executive education programmes designed to expose business leaders to game-changing science and technology which will help them deliver a sustainable future.
Other clients include Carbon Trust Certification Ltd, for which he chairs the certification Impartiality Committee, and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, for which he acts as interim executive Director. Jim’s previous roles have included establishing and running the Environment Agency’s National Flood Warning Centre, a centre of expertise in flood forecasting, warning and public awareness, and senior management positions within blue-chip multinationals, such as The BOC Group and AMP Incorporated (now part of the Tyco group) with responsibility for a variety of environmental programmes. Jim’s career started as a submarine engineering officer in the Royal Navy with experience of both nuclear and diesel-electric submarines, as well as shore-based engineering and logistic support roles.