Amanda MacKinnell’s career path traverses 16 years operational service as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy, then sought new adventures in the mining sectors of the Northern Territory and Queensland. She has also spent time with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, shaping maritime policy, business systems, processes and strategy as well as consulting to Defence in C2 programs. Amanda is currently the Australian Industry Capability Manager for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace sector, actively seeking to include Australian businesses and technology in major programs including the acquisition of the MQ-4C Triton for the Royal Australian Air Force.
Amanda’s experience in operational and project environments is complemented by academic qualifications and certifications: she holds a Master of Business Administration (AIB) as well as a Master of Global Project Management (Torrens University). An avid volunteer, Amanda has spent time in Nepal providing disaster relief work as well as contributing to local organisations in the Canberra area, offering business development work plus engaging in ‘hands on’ activities, especially with turtles.
In her spare time, Amanda is a keen photographer and works with wool and other fibres to produce blankets, dragons and bears.