Annual Conference and Exhibition 2013

Enhancing Our Profession

Thursday 7 and Friday 8 November 2013
Holiday Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon 

Sponsored by:
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President's Closing Speech 2013   

Download the final programme

Download the full Workshop Booklet

Download the Exhibitors Booklet and Floorplan

Conference Themes

Responding to members’ ideas, just three months after we opened our doors, we presented our first Annual Conference and Exhibition. Amongst other aims, our shared vision for the CDI is that we should work to:

  • Enhance the profession
  • Understand the career development market and how other professions perceive career development         
  • Provide CPD opportunities for our members and the wider career development sector.

We have used the vision as the backbone of the Conference, which has three major themes:

  1. Career Development in Focus - a series of interactive symposia enabling members to take part in defining and shaping our profession and pathway
  2. Career Development in Context - a series of structured panels of independent economic, professional and community experts
  3. Career Development in Practice - seminar strands focusing on your CPD and personal development.

The first two themes were addressed through interactive and highly participative plenary sessions: a mix of inputs and panel sessions, with speakers from within and outside the sector, designed to stimulate questions and debate. This format enabled our delegates to have real influence on the future development of the CDI and the professional pathway for the sector.

The third theme, career development in practice, took the form of groups of workshops, which were of interest to both individual members and all CDI professionals.


A major part of the Conference experience was the 30-stand exhibition of organisations that provide information and services to the career development sector. For more information on the exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please contact


A major theme of our first Annual Conference and Exhibition was CPD and Member’s investment in their professional practice.

Throughout the two-day conference we ran a number of workshop strands. Presented by experts, these workshops promoted best practice and innovation in the career development sector. They were also topical in the current economic and policy climate, interesting, informative and enjoyable for participants.  

Importantly, the workshops were grouped into four distinct strands linked to the major CDI constituencies. Delegates could attend any workshop or combination of workshops relating to their current role, future job requirements, or personal interest. Download the official Workshop Booklet 2013 for more information.

Workshop Powerpoints

Any presentations, supporting material and useful resources from the conference are uploaded to the CDI website and are available to download by all of our members, free of charge. We keep the below links updated as often as possible, so please keep an eye on the 'last updated' information on the next page to ensure you're getting the most of our resources. Click on the link below to access the downloads, then click on the speakers name to download their presentation.

Annual Conference Photographs

Photographs taken by our professional photographer are now available to view through our Photobucket account. The photo's come in three distinct categories:

UK Career Development Awards

There are six UK Career Development Awards to be presented by journalist, writer and satirist John O'Farrell, at a special Awards Dinner at the Conference on the evening of Thursday 7 November (dress code: formal/black tie).

The shortlist and winners for the awards have now been announced, and can be found here.

View the slideshow of photo's taken at the Awards Dinner by our professional photographer.