I worked with Amber for several years and she was one of the nicest, most helpful and considerate people I ever worked with. She was also great fun and could always see the funny side of things. It is hard to be writing this in the past tense. Amber will remain in my mind as a bright memory.
I first met Amber when I started work at the LSE in 2002. I used to always like going in to see the training team and always ended up spending longer chatting than I meant to! I remember conversations about exotic holidays and films. I also remember the toy cat that purred that gave me a bit of a jump the 1st time I noticed it! I got to work more closely with her a few years later and always enjoyed it. Amber, you will be missed in so many ways!
I always found Amber to be warm, friendly, welcoming and approachable. Amber would always do her best to find some time in her hectic schedule whenever I needed to speak to her, and would always take the time to ask how my team and I were. Amber would always volunteer her help should it be needed.
Amber is, and will be sorely missed by me, the department and LSE as a whole. To know that I will not see Amber around anymore is very hard to come to terms with.
Gate crashing a party, cheep beer, fried egg sandwiches, trips to the pub (many),cinema, intense nonsence led to an endearing bond, even at distance, but how this butterfly bloomed to happiness is a wonder to be loved Lizzie, my love to you and the wonderful memory of Ambers.
Amber worked along the corridor from me and I met her probably around 10 years ago when I started work at LSE. She was always smiling and wearing something fabulous (and often red). She was thoughtful and well respected and had an amazing memory for details about people, that meant she always lifted you, even just saying hello when you met her around the campus. I will always remember an evening at the Dorchester Hotel with Amber, Jeni Brown and Chris Fryer, at the IT Training Awards. LSE were shortlisted for an award and we were all very excited about the evening. I recall Amber hailing us a cab from outside LSE to go over to the Dorchester, saying we couldn’t travel on the tube in our finery. I will find the wonderful photos of us and upload them to the site if I can. Amber - you will be very much missed by your colleagues at LSE and those of us along the corridor from you in CLT.
In 2008, we were shortlisted for an Institute of IT Training award for a project that Amber started and I worked on. We didn’t win on the evening, but we had a great time and I remember having a really good long, leisurely, personal chat with Amber over dinner. Naturally, she had her favourite smartphone in her hand and was wearing red.
Such a vibrant and enchanting person - I first met her almost 10 years ago - she lit up the room with her smile. Always such energy and enthusiasm for the work of UCISA TLIG. I can only guess how much she’ll be missed by those closest to her.
Seeing again Amber’s beaming smile in so many fabulous poses & outfits (love that crazy hat!) & how many people’s lives she touched in such special ways i believe that her beautiful spirit will never leave those who will always, like me, have a special place in their heart for her. Love you hun xx
An earlier post here said Amber liked baked beans — and she did! A week before she died, I mentioned in an email that we had baked beans at supper, and she answered that she was still very fond of baked beans. (The emails covered other things as well as baked beans.) I loved getting emails from Amber, and whenever a text message from her popped up on my phone, she felt very nearby, even though it is more than 20 years since we lived in the same country.
Many happy memories of my lovely cousin. The best is when she locked us both in the bathroom, just so she could show me how to work the tricky lock on the bathroom door. Unfortunately, the lock wasn’t playing the game and I truely thought we would be stuck in the bathroom all weekend. While I was flapping around like a headless chicken, Amber, cool as a cucumber, nipped out the bathroom window and back through the front door to let me out! Amber always approached any problem cool and calm - she was one of my ‘oracles’, someone who I could always turn to for advice. If Amber didn’t know the answer (unusual), she would know someone who did. I will miss Amber madly but will always have a place in my heart that will be forever hers.
Am loving all the comments & the photos of Amber they so capture her warm, caring & beautiful spirit. The lovely photo of her in the red dress is pure Amber stylish, full of colour, vitality & happiness running forward arms wide open to embrace life, her loved ones & friends.
Impossible to express it all in 140 characters as she was so skilled at, so….loved the way she took such pleasure in the simplest of things, her sense of style, the red lipstick, joie de vivre, quirky view of life, the humour & that great laugh!
Looking at my iPhone the other day realised nearly all the apps were Amber recommendations & I have a lovely memory of a sunny evening last May spent on the Southbank with Amber patiently & enthusiastically showing me how to use my new phone over a few beers. I can also remember how when I fell asleep in one of her beloved SCFI movies she was not very impressed!
Amber bella, so glad you touched my life just wish you could have stayed with us for longer xx Maria
I met Amber when I started to work at LSE in 2005. I had been taken on to do a job working for Sue Wing who rang me just before I started to tell me she was leaving LSE! So when I arrived I found myself “acting up” together with Amber. Now Amber had been at LSE for many years and was at that time the Training Manager and she was really helpful to me in getting settled in. I remember going to a UCISA (Universities IT networking) conference and over a few drinks asking Amber if she would be applying for the job that Sue had left. I was delighted when she said she was and then got the job.
So for most of the 5 years or so I worked at LSE Amber was my boss. We worked closely together and shared some difficult times. Typically we would get coffee from Pret or Starbucks and sometimes lunch. Amber always having a soya cappuccino with sweetener. We shared a love for decent coffee, gadgets and a good few drinks when the opportunity presented itself as it frequently did at UCISA conferences. Later we both became avid social media users, particularly of Twitter.
My abiding memory of Amber is of her wearing her red coat and clutching her iPhone. That and (in a typical Amber paradox) a fountain pen!
Typically smiling Amber always had time for people and a genuine interest in their lives. Always remembering details she treated her colleagues as human beings not mere cogs in the machine and as a consequence was extremely well regarded.
Amber combined this human touch with a strong competitive streak and a determination that you would not, perhaps, guess just by looking at her. I think it was the combination of these two things that enabled her to get things done. She would have an idea, talk about it, convince people and it would actually happen.
After I left LSE I was pleased to continue to see Amber from time to time. Sometimes on the train up to Suffolk where her and her partner had a place not far away from my home.We finally got round to meeting up in Suffolk over Christmas in Stradbroke where Amber, her wife and my wife went out for a meal.
So on Saturday in the small Suffolk village of Thrandeston we will “honour, cherish and bury” Amber and then celebrate her life in a nearby pub in a way that Amber would, I am sure, approve of. And whilst she leaves a huge hole in the lives of us all I feel privileged to have called Amber a friend and my life was better for knowing her. I know I am not alone.
At LSE and amongst the wider higher education community and amongst her friends and family I know there are many people feeling the same and that says it all.