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Welcome to the Career Development Institute (CDI)

The CDI is the single UK-wide professional body for everyone working in the fields of career education; career information, advice and guidance; career coaching, career consultancy 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. 

 As the professional body for the sector our aims are to support members to maintain their professionalism by helping them to: 

  • become qualified to a relevant level;
  • adopt professional values and adhere to the CDI Code of Ethics;
  • recognise the need to maintain and develop their own skills and knowledge;
  • integrate  current research and theory into practice;
  • keep up to date with sectoral, societal and technological developments;
  • publicly advocate for their profession in the interest of clients.

Our range of Member Benefits have been designed to meet these needs as have our Training and Events, Conferences and Webinar Series. We also produce a range of publications and reports and have a well-developed CPD Resources Area which is accessible via the members' only area.

As the awarding body for the Qualification in Career Guidance/Development we support universities to deliver a post graduate level programme to students which is responsive to the evolving needs of the sector and we moderate the QCG/D so that employers, stakeholders and clients are assured that the professional practice requirements have been met.

Although we are not a regulatory body we do promote the need for the appropriate qualification for the career development role being undertaken and have a Career Progression Pathway which explains this. This is based on the National Occupational Standards: Career Development which as custodians we refreshed and added to in 2014. The NOS: CD have also informed the development of new qualifications and Apprenticeships in Scotland.

 At the request of the Government we also maintain the UK Register of Career Development Professionals. We encourage all career development professionals to join the Register to show that they are qualified to at least QCF level 6 or above/SCQF Level 11, abide by the CDI Code of Ethics and maintain and develop their competence by undertaking, reflecting upon and recording on the CDI site a minimum of 25 hours CPD each year. We also promote the use of the word Registered in front of relevant job titles to promote the value of using professionally qualified practitioners.

 The CDI is governed by a Board and has a Council and Professional Standards Committee all of which represent members from the professional constituencies of career education, career guidance and career coaching and career coaching and consultancy and the national constituencies of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Views from our 5000+ members, Professional Associates and Communities of Interest enable the CDI to lobby Governments and Assemblies on the value of career development services and to promote the need for relevantly qualified practitioners to provide these in whichever part of the sector they work.

 We quality assure career development products and training via our Career Assured endorsement and annually celebrate the achievements of our members through the UK Career Development Awards.

 Vacancies for jobs throughout the sector can be found on our Careers in Careers Jobs Board. The site is very flexible and employers can load up their vacancies here and practitioners can add their CVs and apply for jobs directly. We also offer a range of commercial opportunities for advertising on our website, Portico and in our quarterly magazine Career Matters; sponsorship and exhibiting at events; emailing members, and website banners and buttons.

Further information on all that we do can be found on the home page of this website. You can join the CDI as an Individual Member, Affiliate Organisation, School Affiliate, Student Member or Retired Member and join the Professional Register from this page.

 Please look on the horizontal bar at the top of the home page and click on any of the tabs for further information.

 Details of the CDI Team can be found below. Please contact the relevant person if you would like further information or have a specific question or suggestion.

The CDI Team


General Office Telephone No.

01384 376464



Ground Floor
Copthall House
1 New Road


Office Hours:

Mon - Thurs: 9:00am - 5:15pm
Fri: 9:00am - 4.45pm


David Morgan
Chief Executive
07512 782867

- Policy and strategy

- Membership

- Business development

- Events and conferences

- Marketing and communications

- Website

- Premises and infrastructure

Claire Johnson

Claire Johnson
Professional Development
01384 376464
07947 385003

- UK Register of Career Development Professionals

- Awarding Body and QCD

- Supporting student members

- Qualification queries

- Professional Standards and Development

- CDI Blueprint of Professional Roles


Quality Assurance


 Laura Johnson

Finance Manager 
01384 445630

- All aspects of finance

- Payment of expenses

- Direct manager of Financial Services Assistant


Dan Hope
Membership Services Manager
01384 445621

- Office Manager

- Office and Infrastructure

- All aspects of individual, bulk and affiliate membership

- IT support and website development

- Direct manager of Membership Services Assistant and 
Events Administrator


Joanne Thorniley
Sponsorship & Advertising
01384 445627 (part-time)

- Advertising and sponsorship

- Advertising for Career Matters

- Event sponsorship & exhibitions

- Commercial activities

- Careers in Careers Job Board


Matthew Webster
Membership Services Assistant
01384 445624

- Assisting Membership Services Manager

- Membership queries

- New Membership Applications

- Ongoing New Member support

- Careers in Careers Advertising


Sue Alder
CDI Academy Manager
07526 765101


- Provide leadership and oversight of all QCF programmes

- Develop new programmes based on the QCF Level 4 and Level 6 units

- Quality assure accredited training and resources

- Support the CDI training and assessment team


Jenny Fillery
CDI Academy Administrator
01384 376464


 - Assist the Academy Manager

- Awarding Body and CDI Academy Administration

- Book all CDI accredited course venues

- Registration and support for CDI accredited course course participants

- Learner records and statistical reports


Tracie Parkes
CDI Academy Training Co-ordinator
01384 445628

Working hours: 
Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:00am - 5:15pm

- Assisting Professional Development Manager wth training co-ordination for all C&EC funded Careers Leadership training

- Admin and enquiries relating to all C&EC funded Careers Leadership training

- Statistical support and learner records


Lyn Burgess
Financial Services Assistant
01384 445629

Working hours: 
Mon - Fri: 10:00am - 2:00pm

- General Professional Register queries

- QCD Administration

- Supporting student members

- CPD Diary recording queries

- Assisting Finance Manager

 - General office support

- Credit control and Financial admin 


Ashley Bott
Training Events & Social Media Administrator
01384 376464

 - Organising Administration for all training events

 - Promotion of training events

- Social Media and Marketing


Alison Dixon
Editor of Career Matters

- Commissioning articles and features

- Editorial Board

- Production scheduling