Meet TMA-SA member - Amanda Pyne-James, TMA-SA Chapter Administrator
Looking back at your youth…
I was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Bryanston, but spent my school years at Eunice Girls School in Bloemfontein. After matriculating I achieved a Diploma in Administration and Event Management. I am an entrepreneur by heart and have been managing my own business for most of my career, specialising in the Motor and Medical Industries.
You are a well-known face at TMA-SA, when did your involvement with the association start?
I joined the TMA-SA team in January 2019. I run the South African Chapter administration office, attending to the everyday administrational needs of the Association. I like to think that ‘I’m the glue that keeps it together”.
What do you think is the biggest issue that the women within the Turnaround industry face daily?
Inclusion & Equality. To achieve this (in any industry) is a constant challenge for women, and requires a lot of hard and consistent work and awareness. However, having said this, our female TMA-SA members are most successful, they have a ‘gentle (yet professional) determination’ which shines through in their work.
How important is it for women to support and lift each other up?
Uplifting and supporting women on a personal level and in business is extremely important, now more than ever before. Uplifting women is like a ‘sisterhood’ – you have to be one to know one.
As we celebrate Women’s Month, I say…
Stronger – together – it’s in our hands!
What is your wish for the year to come for our country, businesses, and the industry?
I wish for our beautiful country: hope, peace, transparency, and leadership. I wish for our businesses: recovery, success and prosperity. I wish for our industry: successful turnarounds, job security and integrity.
I am very proud to be part of the dedicated and successful TMA-SA team!