Dr Amanda Bell

BA(Sydney), GradDip(SydTeachColl), PhD(UTS)

Honorary Lecturer


Phone: +61 2 9517  5002


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Professional biography


Dr Amanda Bell AM is Principal of The Women’s College within the University of Sydney. The College was founded in 1892 and is the oldest Women’s College in Australasia with strong affiliations throughout the world. The students and alumnae of the College are known for their leadership qualities, fine scholarship and philanthropic community contributions.

Prior to leading the Women’s College, Amanda was Principal of Brisbane Girls Grammar School between 2002-2012. Her professional expertise in education and visual arts has developed from wide experience in teaching, management and leadership roles across Australia in both sectors. Amanda’s doctoral research reflected her commitment to profiling the achievements and contributions of women in the arts, education and philanthropy.

In 1996 Amanda's interest and training in Art History resulted in her appointment as Director of the S.H Ervin Gallery and later serving  on the Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA Board 2008-2013, including as Deputy Chair .

Amanda is a Member of the Order of Australia, Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Amanda mentors many women, including young women commencing their careers as well as mid-career women seeking professional guidance to secure senior roles.


  • Member of the Order of Australia in Queen's Birthday Honours, 2017, for significant service to education, particularly to young women as a leader and academic, and to the visual arts.

  • Principals Australia Institute: John Laing Professional Development Award 2012

  • Queensland Government’s 100 Years of Women’s Achievements, Office for Women nomination for contribution to Leadership in Education 2011

  • Australian Government National Award for Quality Schooling: Excellence by a Principal 2008

  • National Leadership Award in Music Education 2007

Professional and community roles

  • Governor, Queenwood School for Girls

  • Principal, The Women's College

  • Committee: Rhodes Scholarship Trust (NSW)

  • Chair, UTS International Centre for Youth Futures Advisory Committee

  • Board Member, Art Exhibitions Australia

Selected publications