Amanda Zwarts

Presentation and public speaking skills trainer and writer.  Good all round communicator with an eye for detail and effective people skills.

Work experience

Work experience
2013 - 2014

Public speaking/presentation skills trainer

Various ~ NHS / ACA / TMI

Training sessions for conferences and company in-house training programmes. Building presentations and delivering content to groups  seeking employment.  Training and judging school public speaking/debating contests.

2004 - 2014


Epsom Speakers Club, part of Toastmasters International

Currently President of ESC,  working with committee to enhance the  smooth running and efficacy of the club.  Mentor to new members of a public speaking club, guiding and evaluating their progress. Deliver public speaking and presentation skills training. We have recently set up a new club nearby.  We plan meetings, give speeches, evaluate speakers and present educational sessions for members.  Judge and presenter at division and district level. This is all on a voluntary basis.

1987 - 1990

Copy writer /Admin

Artigraph Ltd, Beverley, East Yorkshire

Administrative assistant/copy writer/ proof reader/ directory collator for advertising agency in Beverley, assisting Designer/consultant on print campaigns, and local directory design.  Copy writer/ client liaison / proof reader.

Jan 1979 - Jan 1985

Copy writer / Proof reader / Account executive

Cape Argus newspaper, Braby's Directories, McCann Erickson SA

After school and Commercial Art Degree in Cape Town, worked at Argus doing classified ads/ROP copy, admin and copy writing for directories at Braby's, account executive work on advertising campaigns at McCann's, admin and copy


1999 - 2001

MA English

Royal Holloway, London UK

Masters Degree in Postmodern Literature and Philosophy

Jan 1995 - Jan 1999

BA English (1st class with honours)

Brunel University, London UK 



Property development

Procurement and refurbishment of properties over 3 decades, part or full refurbishment for rental or sale.  Working with builder and teams for house and garden makeovers.   Planning/budgeting/buying materials/project management of building/renovation projects.  Good organisation, planning and negotiation skills.