Founder and CEO
Professor Amanda Kirby
MBBS MRCGP PhD
Professor Amanda Kirby is very unusual and has the unique experience of straddling health, education, and the workplace.
She is a qualified GP and worked in adult psychiatry and stress management but changed her career when her 2nd child was diagnosed with Dyspraxia at 3 years of age. Her experience and frustrations (at times) as a parent finding her way around the health and educational system led to her consequently starting up an interdisciplinary specialist centre for parents, and children in Wales more than 25 years ago in order to be able to provide practical robust support.
She is the chair of the ADHD Foundation and works closely with many other charities working in this area.
Amanda is an emeritus professor at the University of South Wales and an honorary professor at Cardiff University. She has clinical and research experience and founded and ran a transdisciplinary clinical and research team for 20 years relating to neurodiversity. She is a qualified GP and has a Ph.D. relating to emerging adulthood and neurodiversity.
Amanda has been on government advisory boards (e.g. Hidden Impairment National Group) as well as advising UK and international charities in the field of neurodiversity. This includes being a patron of the Dyspraxia Association in New Zealand, Chair of Movement Matters UK.
She has written 9 books and more than 100 research papers in the field and her latest book (published in 2021): ‘Neurodiversity at Work, Drive Innovation, Performance and Productivity with a Neurodiverse Workforce’ won the Diversity, Inclusion and Equality category at the Business Book Awards 2022. She also has a new book on Neurodiversity in Education coming out later in 2022.
Raising standards are important to Amanda and Do-IT Solutions were the first company in Wales to gain Disability Confident Leader status.
Amanda has lived experience of neurodiversity first hand, as she sees herself as neurodivergent as well as being a parent of neurodivergent children, and grandchildren.
Amanda’s passion to make changes in society and increase the chances of showcasing talents for neurodivergent children and adults especially in work settings remains as strong as it was 30 years ago.