Staff Spotlight on...Amanda Wylie

Amanda Wylie Head of Transformation (SoM)

Amanda Wylie Head of Transformation (SoM)

Name: Amanda Wylie

Job title: Head of Transformation, School of Management

I joined the University in September 2015 as Staff Development Manager, leading learning and management programmes to enhance the skills and capacity of our people and organisation. In September 2017, I took up a new role as Head of Transformation in the School of Management as part of our ambitious plans to be a top 50 business school globally.

1. What would you most like to achieve while at the University?

I’d like to help teams work together to enable positive change to happen with communication at the heart of this.

2. What piece of advice would you like to give to a student?

Always remember that your values are what real people see and care about at interview. Your qualifications are important, but your character, your values and integrity make you as an individual. Skills can always be learnt, so don’t hold yourself back from your greatest aspirations. And always remember that a ‘thank you’ goes a long way.

3. Name one thing that makes you feel proud to work at the University of Bath?

That achievement is often anonymous – that some of our greatest impact in the world is carried out by people that you’ve never heard of, quietly dedicating their lives to improving those of others. And that we all play our part in this, whether we are from the academic community or from professional services. Both parts make the whole.

4. Who was your most influential teacher/educator, and why?

Mike Straw, Founder of Achieve Breakthrough Ltd, whom I had the greatest pleasure to work with. He taught me that sometimes the assumptions that we make are not actually true, they are just one interpretation. And that others might have a different interpretation. He taught me to strive for a breakthrough, not just settle for ‘business as usual’ or a stretch. And he also taught me to laugh a lot!

5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was 10 I wanted to be an Air Hostess (because I liked the uniform!) and then at 14 I wanted to be a Diagnostic Radiographer, which I then went on to become in my first career!

6. What was your first job?

I have a Degree in Diagnostic Radiography from Guy’s Hospital and my first job was as a Forensic Radiographer at the Royal London, Whitechapel, helping to determine causes of death amongst other duties.

7. What’s your favourite book or album and why?

Favourite book series: The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton and evening after evening reading these to my children, Isobel & Eleanor. They are now teenagers, who much prefer social media!

8. When are you happiest?

Lots of examples…When I am amongst friends and family, perhaps walking in our beautiful countryside. Or watching a great movie. I recently moved house and had a house warming party. I felt so blessed to be surrounded by my best friends. They are all, individually and collectively, amazing people.

9. Which one superpower would you like to possess?

Truth is very important to me, so x-ray vision into someone’s ‘core self’ would be very useful!

10. What would people be surprised to learn about you?

Here are 5 things you might now know about me: That I went to Kosovo during the War on a fact-finding visit for the Department of Health/MoD. I learnt a lot about myself, and trusting in the team. That I'm an internationally qualified Divorce Coach. That I went to Prince Charles’ 40th birthday party! That I spent The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant with the Royal Family at HMS President. That I don’t like the colour orange!

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