Cllr Hopgood became Leader of Durham County Council in May 2021. She was honoured to be selected to lead the newly formed Joint Administration and has made history by being the first female Leader of the Council.
Amanda has led the Liberal Democrat group on Durham County Council since 2013. She was first elected as a Councillor on Durham City Council in 2005 and represents the ward of Framwellgate Moor and Newton Hall.
She is a trustee and member of several organisations within her ward and represents the Council on local, regional and national organisations.
Amanda is married with two grown up children and prior to the formation of the unitary authority she worked in financial services as a mortgage adviser.