Dr Amanda Bell AM was appointed as Principal of Women’s College in 2013 after a distinguished career in education and the arts. A graduate of the University of Sydney, her professional expertise developed from wide experience in teaching, management, leadership and governance roles in both schools and art galleries in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. Dr Bell’s doctoral research completed at the University of Technology, Sydney combined her deep commitment to profiling the achievements of women in education, the arts and philanthropy.
Dr Bell is a member of the NSW Rhodes Scholarship Committee and a Governor of Queenwood School. She is Chair of the Advisory Board of the International Centre for Youth Futures at the University of Technology in Sydney, an Honorary Lecturer in the Education and Social Work Faculty at the University of Sydney, and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was formerly a Trustee and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art. Her immediate past appointment was as Principal of Brisbane Girls Grammar School for eleven years.
Dr Bell was a state finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and won a National Leadership Award in Music Education. She also won an Australian Government Award for Quality Schooling for Excellence as a Principal and was nominated by the Queensland Government’s Office for Women for inclusion in their 100 Years of Women’s Achievements register for her leadership in education.
Encouraging and mentoring young women is a personal preoccupation, commencing with the students in her care and extending to alumni and global networks.