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Welcome to the Career Development Institute (CDI)

The CDI is the new single UK-wide professional organisation for everyone working in the fields of career education; career information, advice and guidance; career coaching and career management. We opened our doors on 2 April 2013.

It had been the goal for many years of the founding bodies - ACEG; ACPi-UK; ICG and NAEGA - to join together and create a single voice for the Career Development sector. The key aims being to ensure a sound networking approach between practitioners, inspire confidence in those who seek help in moving into and through their working life and provide support to members in the delivery of high quality career development services.

Working together the new body will present a strong and united front, influencing government policy and lobbying on behalf of members.

Our new Institute will be building on the very best of the joint offers from each of the four predecessor bodies. Pivotal to the success of our new organisation will be the engagement of members (see Member Benefits

To keep you informed of developments the CDI Board publish regular Briefing Notes (see News and Reports). Please share these with colleagues working in the sector. Members can also access resources and reports through the Member's Area of the website.

We are pleased that the Government has supported the development of a new Register of Career Development Professionals and we encourage all practising career development professionals to join the CDI and the Register. It is our ambition that the Register will become the single most important source of information for employers and individuals seeking your services.

The CDI Team


General Office Telephone No.

01384 376464



Ground Floor
Copthall House
1 New Road


Office Hours:

Mon - Thurs: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Fri: 8:30am - 4.00pm


Jan Ellis
Chief Executive 
01384 445625


- Business development
- Events
- Marketing and communications
- Website

Claire Johnson

Claire Johnson
Professional Development
01384 376464

- CDI Professional Register
- Qualification queries
- Professional Development
- National Occupational Standards, Career Progression Pathway & Competency Framework


Sarah Garratt
Resources Manager
01384 445630

- Office Manager
- All Annual Conference Administration and Bookings
- Membership & Bulk Membership
- Event Venue Bookings
- Board, Council and Committee meetings
- Payments
- Expenses
- CDI financial management
- Premises / infrastructure



Dan Hope
I.T  & Administration
01384 445621

- General administration
- Support for Resources, Membership & Communications functions
- Advertising for PORTICO
- Archive support
- IT support and website development
- Professional Register administration 






Rachael Murray
Sponsorship & Advertising
01384 445627 (part-time)


- Advertising and sponsorship
- Advertising for Career Matters
- Event sponsorship & exhibitions
- Commercial activities







Joanna Palmer
Events Administrator
01384 445622 (Mon - Wed)


- Events Administration
- General Office Support







Simon Garratt
Admin Assistant
01384 445624

- Membership 
- QCG/D Adminstration
- General Administration







Alison Dixon
Editor of Career Matters



- Commissioning articles and features
- Editorial Board
- Production