About Amanda Burrell

Amanda Burrell

Amanda lives in Canberra with her two beautiful girls Paris and Layla. She runs Captivus, a company that has blossomed through personal referrals. Captivus offers coaching and training in executive presence, the performance aspects of lecturing and teaching, vocal clarity, accent reduction, branding, strategic communication and stage fright solutions. Amanda’s easygoing, informative and accessible style has, through word of mouth alone lead her to teach workshops for more than 1,000 academics, business people and 8,000+ university students in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

In the beginning

Amanda was raised in Wollongong. A natural performer, she always entertained the family. Throughout childhood and adolescence she studied many forms of dance and drama. Amanda trained professionally as an actor earning a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Acting Performance (University of Wollongong). Some years later a series of car accidents rendered her unfit for the physical rigors of an acting career.

Unplanned detour

In search of new opportunities Amanda applied her communication and persuasive skills to a successful career in sales and not-for-profit marketing. During ‘the recession we had to have’ it became too much for struggling companies to ‘give more’ when laying off their own workforce. Hoping for a more buoyant economy Amanda moved to Canberra in 1992. Concurrently she completed a Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Marketing Communication (University of Canberra). Blitzing the course, in 1996 she was invited to tutor, then offered the chance to become a full-time academic. In academia Amanda found a platform for all of her skills.


Amanda's teaching excellence has been recognised by her 8,000+ students (the one that really counts), and her peers, at both an institutional level and nationally. For her entire academic career, her student satisfaction rating exceeded the Faculty and University average. In 2006 Amanda won the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In 2007 she won a Carrick Institute Australian Award for University Teaching.

Amanda's innovative research attracted international interest, especially the search for campaign solutions to combat novice driver deaths and her groundbreaking exploration of academic stage fright, on which, she will shortly complete a Doctor of Philosophy (Education) at Western Sydney University.

How you can work with Amanda

In order to expand her influence beyond those committed to working with her while studying a formal university degree, and give more people the opportunity to gain access to her expertise and inclusive style, Amanda is now working full time through Captivus.

If you would like Amanda to work with your organisation, speak to, or train your people, or you are keen to explore a more personal coaching-style interaction with Amanda please feel free to contact her. Amanda can be contacted by email or by phone on 0412 154 321.

Amanda Burrell is looking forward to working with you.