The CDI is the professional body for career development across the UK and internationally. It was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in 2013. 

Governing documents 

The remit and operation of the CDI is governed by our governing documents: 

  • The Articles of Association is a legal document lodged with Companies House, that lays down the formal procedures of governance for the CDI
  • The Company Rules govern the operations of the CDI. They can be amended by the Board following consultation with the Ethics and Professional Standards Committee, The CDI Council and members at a General Meeting
  • The Objects and Powers outlines the Objects and additional powers of the CDI 
  • The Constituencies ensures the CDI represents the breadth of the career development profession by setting out the Constituencies within its membership

The CDI is a membership body and its members play a key role in setting the direction of the organisation. This is achieved both informally through discussion and debate, as well as formally by electing members to the key governing bodies. 

Governing bodies 

  • The Company Board: the board manages the business of the CDI, agreeing the organisation’s strategy and having responsibility for the overall governance of the CDI. It comprises six directors elected by the full membership, up to four directors appointed by the board and up to two co-opted directors to ensure a balance of skills and experience
  • The Ethics and Professional Standards Committee: the EPSC advises the board on professional standards, professional development and ethics. It is responsible for professional standards complaints and disciplinary issues. It comprises a chair (elected by all the members), two representatives from each professional constituency and one for each national constituency
  • The Council: the CDI Council is an advisory body consisting of the nations and regional representatives, the president, honorary secretary and chief executive. The Council discusses issues raised and provides insight and feedback from the membership

Officers of the company 

The officers of the company are: 

  • President: Carolyn Parry 
  • President Elect: Peter Robertson
  • Honorary Secretary: Vacancy
  • Acting Honorary Secretary: Nicki Moore
  • Three elected Board Directors: Elaine Inglis and John Ambrose and one vacancy
  • Chair of Ethics and Professional Standards Committee: Avril Hannon 

The current board appointed directors are:   

  • Stephanie Rix 
  • There are currently 3 vacancies 

The current co-opted directors are: 

  • Nikki Lawrence 

Annual report and Annual General Meetings 

The Board, Chair of EPSC and Chief Executive formally report back to the CDI membership at the Annual General Meeting, held every December, through the annual reports. The Board may also call an Extraordinary General Meeting as needed.