Venture Partner

Meet Amanda Derham

Connect with Amanda
Venture Partner

Meet Amanda Derham

Connect with Amanda
Key Facts
  • Paid up member of the Ministry of Common Sense and continually curious learner for life.
  • Spends her time between Melbourne and Barwon Heads and is an avid golfer, yoga devotee and classics student.
  • Passionate about supporting and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs and creating a level playing field.
Thomas Eddison said innovation is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration and that’s the key distinction between invention and innovation

– Matt Ridley, How Innovation Works, 2020


Amanda had an extensive career in senior management and operational roles until moving into a career as an angel investor and mentor. Her prior executive roles include COO of Burra Foods, Senior Public Affairs of BHP and founder of Lark Public Relations. Her family has been in dairy manufacturing for four generations until 2019 when the family sold the company.

In 2014, she joined Scale Investors, Australia’s first professionalised angel investor network investing in female founders. She was asked to take on a co-CEO role in 2017 while the CEO was on maternity leave. In that role she was responsible for portfolio investments, ecosystem engagement and stakeholder management. She then went on to lead a Victorian Government funded project to deliver a cloud-based education platform for early-stage investors which was rolled out in 2018.

With a sector agnostic portfolio of early-stage investments Amanda continues her involvement with Scale Investors and the broader Victorian ecosystem through mentoring with Swinburne University, Hacker Exchange, CiVic Labs and involvement in a number of start-up companies. She manages an investment portfolio of over 10 private companies including fintech startups Six Park and FirstStep, and edutech start up TalkiPlay Pty Ltd.

Amanda’s non-executive director roles include Burra Foods Pty Ltd, V/Line Pty Ltd, Anglicare Victoria Ltd, Golf Victoria, Scotch College Foundation, Skyline Education Foundation Australia.

Amanda is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, a Wade Institute alumni and Life Member of Museum of Victoria.

  • Burra Foods
  • BHP Group Ltd
  • Rio Tinto Group
  • Prime Minister’s Office, Canberra
  • NEC Telecommunications (Europe), London
  • Lark Public Affairs
  • Scale Investors
  • TalkiPlay