Amanda dedicates a lot of time supporting women in business within HSBC. She is a mentor to many of her female colleagues, and she has also created a female talent development programme to help more women working in Corporate Banking to rise through the ranks. At a global level, Amanda is a sponsor of Balance – HSBC’s largest employee network resource group, which promotes gender diversity across the bank and reaches around 44,000 colleagues in 45 locations around the world. Outside of HSBC, Amanda plays an active role in championing female entrepreneurs and businesswomen, and regularly speaks at events designed to share best practice and help them succeed in business. HSBC is also partnered with Forward Ladies, the UK’s largest business support network for empowering women in business – the only women’s network with a regional and national reach across the UK and beyond. As an avid supporter, Amanda speaks at their networking meetings and events. With women accounting for more than half of the increase in self-employed workers since the recession, Amanda joined forces with Anya Hindmarch to create The Entrepreneurs Exchange, a nationwide programme designed to connect successful British business founders with the next generation of entrepreneurs.