Dr Amanda Quadling
In a first career as geologist-geochemist, Amanda created and ran diamond exploration laboratories for De Beers and BHP Billiton before managing the Mineralogy Division at the South African Science Council (Mintek). At this time, she worked with the South African diplomatic service to advance the aims of the global Kimberley Process to prevent use of conflict diamonds and negotiated a grant with the SA Diamond Regulator to create Africa’s first diamond provenance laboratory at the Council.
Amanda moved to the UK ten years ago to complete a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College London and was then appointed Director of the Ceramic Fibre Centre of Excellence for global corporate Morgan Advanced Materials. Successful in putting a new commercial insulation product into play, she was also a member of their Technology Advisory Board, shaping the international research agenda across their materials businesses. Most recently, as Technical Director for M&I Materials (tungsten, dielectrics, electroceramics), she created a new product incubator in collaboration with the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre and was a Board member for the British Ceramic Confederation.
In 2019, Amanda was named 10th most influential women in UK engineering 2019 (Financial Times). She is now UKAEA’s Director of Materials, and together with the Royce Institute, is focussed on a Fusion Materials Roadmap for the UK.