Amanda Riley – WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. The intention of this site is to tell you a little about myself, my aims, ambitions, aspirations, projects that I am currently working on, and new exciting challenges that I have mapped out for the future. I have been a professional singer for 20 years, working around the world. Three years ago I decided that I wanted to fulfil my childhood dream of becoming a Barrister and with my children now grown up I enrolled at the University of Hull on a 4 year joint honours degree in Law & Legislative Studies.
This process of going back to being a student, albeit a mature student, changed my life completely and although I still regularly sing, I have now become involved in many new and challenging projects. My youngest son Charlie is severely autistic and he was the inspiration behind much of my charity work, I am the founder of Autism Unseen and I am still regularly involved in fund raising for a number of other charitable endeavours. Just recently I completed a 80km walk from Switzerland to France in aid of Syria Relief. My University studies, although not yet complete have provided me with so many exciting opportunities, Law Society President, BPP Liaison Officer, Team Leader for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and the most rewarding of all, working for a full year in the House of Lords, alongside Lord Norton of Louth.
I still have many challenges to face, the road to becoming a Barrister is fierce, I have to pass my degree and my Bar Professional Training Course, then obtain and secure a pupilage, competing for what is a relative handful of positions, alongside fellow students less than half my age. I will endeavour to encourage many of the Barristers Chambers that I will be applying too, to visit this website, where hopefully my commitment, fortitude, strength of character and sheer never say die attitude, will shine out. Then just possibly one of these Chambers may decide that an older individual who is motivated, honest, determined and willing to commit to the demands of being a modern-day Barrister, will be just the right person for a pupilage position.
DARE YOU TAKE THE KILIMANJARO CHALLENGE!
At 5,895m, Kilimanjaro is the largest mountain in Africa. I am putting together a team of intrepid explorers to climb Kilimanjaro in August 2016. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to stand on the roof of the world, a mega plus for your CV and an opportunity to raise funds to supply sustainable clean water to the remote villages of Kenya. Are you up for the challenge, if so visit my Mount Kilimanjaro page for more information.
Please take the time to visit these pages, all of which contain information on events that are currently playing a very important part of my life. I am very previlaged to be working in the House of Lords for Lord Norton of Louth, I take part raising much needed funds for a number of charitable endeavours and I still entertain around the world under my stage name Julia Martin. I have also just been appointed to the ‘Conflict Free Mineral Alliance’ as Political Advisor to the European Parliament. Exciting times!
In 2016, I will be the President of a brand new members only association designed to give you the competitive edge in your application process to become a Lawyer or Barrister. LCP will be teaming up with some of the biggest names in the legal profession, with the sole purpose to provide essential information on a variety of topics, including CV’s, Mini Pupillage’s, Internships, Interview Techniques and how to beat Psychometric Testing, along with a whole host of other career defining guidelines.
A SNEEK PREVIEW OF THE WORK THAT I AM CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN
I will be spending a year working in the House of Lords, from October 2015 to September 2016. Working alongside Lord Norton of Louth, my duties will include the on-going development of the Second Chamber website and the promotion of the Second Chamber Campaign to members of the House of Lords, parliamentary MP’s and the national press. Part of my press liaison duties will be to develop a digital brochure of political writers and editors, arrange meetings with these individuals and orchestrate positive press releases with regard the Second Chamber on a regular basis.
Over the years, I have been involved in fundraising for a number of charitable endeavours. I am responsible for setting up the charity ‘Autism Unseen’ designed to raise awareness of social exclusion amongst young adults suffering from autism. I campaign to raise funds on a regular basis for this charity, the problems brought about by autism are very close to my heart, my youngest son ‘Charlie’ is 22 years old and is severely autistic. The money raised, helps to promote the problems that these young adults live with on a daily basis, it also allows Autism Unseen to deliver a series of seminars and workshops, to the police, schools, local authorities and local businesses on how to deal with young adults who suffer from autism.
More recently I have been involved in raising money to support the charity Syria Relief and I have just completed a 80km fundraising walk from Switzerland to France, accompanied by 9 other mums. In August 2016 I will be leading a team of people to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of dig deep, we each have individual targets of three thousand pounds to raise and I have already started fundraising for this exciting project.
Julia Martin (AKA Amanda Riley) is one of the world’s most exceptional and uniquely talented tribute artists and her position in the tribute market is unrivalled. With over 3000 tribute performances to her name and 20 years in the business entertaining customers around the world, you can be guaranteed that Julia is more than suited to the task.
Regardless of which show she is performing Julia offers… stage presence, audience participation, stunning costume changes, vocal impressions that are spot on and a portrayal of the original artiste that is second to none. Julia’s dedication and attention to detail for each artiste she portrays is what makes her shows so special and her amazing ability to mimic both the voice and movements would leave you thinking that you had seen the original artiste. Such is the vocal quality of Julia’s shows that guests often ask if Julia mimes, a compliment indeed considering that all of Julia’s vocals are 100% live.
Please check out Julia’s website to experience the accuracy and wow factor surrounding Julia’s superb tribute shows and find out why clients are prepared to fly Julia around the globe to entertain for some of the world’s most prestigious clients.
Our ability to communicate is extraordinary, but we have a problem with this, because all of these electronic devices, that allow us to do, what we do, come with a price. That price is conflict minerals, natural resources that are are mined under conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses. With an abundance of these minerals, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), situated in central Africa, should be prosperous; it is one of the richest countries on the planet in terms of natural resources, yet remains one of the poorest by economic standards. These minerals are often referred to as 3TG, the name for Tin, Tantalum, Tungsten and Gold, which are used in our laptops, tablets and mobile phones.
Mining is critical to provide a livelihood for the Congolese people and it is essential that the mining of these minerals remain in the DRC. Unfortunately the Congolese people do not currently benefit from this abundance of riches. The working conditions are poor, with extreme heat, humidity and low oxygen. Miners extract the ore with hammers and chisels in extremely confined spaces and often it is only children that fit in the tightest of these spaces. Children are not only used for working in the mines, they are also conscripted into the rebel army, and become child soldiers, tasked with guarding the mines.
On the 20th May 2015, the European Parliament voted for a mandatory compliance and system of ‘Due Diligence’ in order to stop the import of ‘Conflict Minerals’. The Conflict Free Mineral Alliance was established to help promote this Due Diligence procedure, to provide an established ‘Kite Mark’ and to encourage UK MEP’s to work alongside other European Union States to bring about an end to this trade in conflict minerals. My role within the CFMA is to create an awareness of the conflict mineral problem amongst MEP’s, MP’s and members of the House of Lords and discuss the merits of joining the CFMA and being part of our ‘We said Yes to Conflict-Free Technology’ campaign.
In 2016, I will be launching a brand new members only association called ‘Legal Careers Plus’, designed to provide the competitive edge in the application process to becoming a Lawyer or Barrister. During my time as President of the University of Hull Law Society and in my capacity of working alongside BPP in the role of Liaison Officer, I was fortunate enough to be in a position to draw upon the knowledge and expertise of many businesses within the UK legal profession.
LCP will be teaming up with some of the biggest legal names in the UK, with the sole purpose to provide essential information on a variety of topics, including CV’s, Mini Pupillage’s, Internships, Interview Techniques and how to beat Psychometric Testing, along with a whole host of other career defining guidelines.
LCP will become a benchmark that legal students can rely upon to help steer them in the right direction, an association that offers fun and friendship, mixed with great socials, seminars, guest speakers, workshops and career defining inspiration.