Amanda currently leads the global association for the attractions industry trade, IAAPA, as Chairman of the Board for 2020. This follows her previous leadership of the European, Middle East and Africa advisory board for IAAPA.

Amanda has been a dedicated and involved IAAPA member for decades. She has served two terms on the IAAPA Board of Directors chairing the IAAPA Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Regional Advisory Committee. She has also served as a member of IAAPA’s executive finance, membership, and entertainment committees.

Keeping up a long and honourable family tradition, Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Managing Director, Amanda Thompson, has followed in the footsteps of her father, grandfather and great-grandfather, to continue building on the phenomenal success of Britain’s favourite tourist attraction.

The great-granddaughter of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s founder William George Bean, Amanda Thompson became Managing Director in 2004, having previously served as Deputy Managing Director of the family company since 2000 and as a Director for over 15 years. As Managing Director, Amanda has become one of the few females to hold the title in the amusement park industry.

Amanda is also President of Stageworks Worldwide Productions, an entertainment and production company she formed in 1982 to present spectacular live shows on stage and ice.

Amanda was born in London in 1962 and was brought up in the world of entertainment. She made her debut performance in a children’s ice show, aged three.

With more than twenty years experience producing and directing shows, Amanda has brought Stageworks to the very forefront of live entertainment, creating outstanding productions for venues worldwide. In 2002 she was awarded the prestigious Michael Elliott Trust Awards ‘Director of the Year’ for her contribution to live entertainment.

Amanda Thompson was awarded the OBE for her services to tourism in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2012 New Year’s Honours list.

As Chairman of IAAPA, Amanda has a number of key goals. She wants to focus attention onto safety, security and sustainability within the amusement park industry and also wants to ensure that member’s voices are heard. In addition to this, Amanda also holds positions on the board of the famous Grand Theatre in Blackpool, and works as a patron of the Blackpool Civic Trust.

Amanda’s passion for the amusement park industry is clearly reflected in the changes seen at Blackpool Pleasure Beach under her at tenure – from the installation of new and thrilling rides such as ICON the UK’s first double-launch rollercoaster, to the spectacular dancing water shows and a magnificent sculpture garden.  After almost 125 years, Blackpool Pleasure Beach still remains as one of the world’s leading amusement parks.

Managing Director
Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Order of the British Empire (OBE)

President
Stageworks Worldwide Productions

Second Vice Chairman in 2018
IAAPA

First Vice Chairman in 2019
IAAPA 

Chairman of the Board in 2020
IAAPA

Director
Boulevard Hotel

Director
Big Blue Hotel

Patron of the
Grand Theatre Blackpool

Patron of the
Civic Trust