Board Member Profiles

Claire Nix, CDI Board Member

100 Claire NixClaire has been a member of the CDI since its inception and was previously a member of both ICG and ACEG. She served on the first CDI Council and enjoyed the team work including establishing the Community of Interest for Career Educators. (Read more)


Gary Forrest, CDI Board Member

100 Gary ForrestGary has operated at a national level for over 30 years. He has worked with government ministers and officials, contributing to the development of national policy and guidance on careers, work-related learning, enterprise education and education-business links.  He was largely responsible for the introduction of work-related learning as a statutory requirement in schools. (Read more)


Julie-Anne Jamieson, CDI Board Member

Julie-Anne is an experienced career development practitioner who has also worked in a variety of policy and leadership roles within Scottish Government, Careers Scotland and Skills Development Scotland and most recently, in independent public inquiries and is currently  responsible for the organisation and leadership of the high profile Scottish public inquiry on child abuse.

She is a Trustee of Project Scotland, a national youth volunteering organisation and also a Trustee of Changing the Chemistry (a Scottish registered charity which aims to improve board effectiveness through diversity).She  currently chairs the CDI Scottish Committee and was a co-opted CDI Director from April 2014 until October 2015. She has ensured that the CDI in Scotland has responded to consultations on critical policy developments such as Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, draft standards on Career Education and Work Experience; and changes to employability support as a result of the Scotland Bill.


Karen O'Donoghue, CDI Board Member

100 karenOKaren has longstanding experience of serving on local, regional and national Boards and is currently a director of the Greater Together third sector consortium in Lancashire, an umbrella organisation for voluntary sector organisations to work together to secure large scale bids. (Read more)


Monica Lemecha, CDI Board Member and Honorary Secretary

100 Monica LemechaMonica has been a member of, firstly, the Institute of Career Guidance and now the Career Development Institute, since completing her professional training for the Diploma in Career Guidance in 1975. (Read more)


Tom Evans, CDI Board Member, Professional Standards Committee

Tom was Head of the Northern Ireland Careers Service from 1989 -1998  with responsibility for the delivery of an all-age guidance service and the initial training and continuous professional development of 150+ career development practitioners. From 1998-2008 he was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Assembly Secretariat and was the de facto Company Secretary of the NI Assembly’s corporate body, the Assembly Commission. In his current role as CEO of the Labour Relations Agency (equivalent to Acas) he is responsible for supporting his Board in determining the strategic direction of the Agency.

Over the period 1990-2013 he served on the Council and Ethics and Standards Committee (Chair from 2008-13) of one of the CDI’s legacy organisations, the ICG. and is currently the Chair of the CDI’s Professional Standards Committee.  


Tracey Burley, CDI Board Member

100 Tracey BurleyTracey joined the CSW Group in 2002 managing programmes working with young people and adults to help them secure a better future including universal services and more recently services focused at those from vulnerable groups. (Read more )