CDI Awards First Fellowships

Now in our eighth year, we felt the time was right to introduce a system of Fellowships, well recognised in professional associations, to distinguish and honour the commitment of eminent members who have contributed to both the development of the CDI and the career development profession.

Fellowship logo-2019It is planned that our Fellows will play an important role for us as champions of career development and ambassadors for the CDI. Importantly, to be considered for a Fellowship, it is expected that members will have made a significant contribution to elements of career development practice.

In this first year we wanted to keep the processes and admin simple, so it was decided that the Board, working with the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) would be the nominating authority.

Going forward, we will seek to increase the number of CDI Fellows year on year. This is not a new class of membership; Fellows will still be required to pay their membership fees, but an individual award and recognition from professional peers. Fellows will be able to use a new logo designed for e purpose.

In 2020 the CDI is presenting two Fellowships to: Anthony Barnes and Dr Siobhan Neary.

A short introduction to both:

  1. Anthony Barnes

  • Has worked tirelessly to raise the quality of careers education in schools and colleges throughout his career
  • He has edited the CEGNET website and newsletter for many years
  • He is a former President of NACGT (National Association of Careers and Guidance Teachers) – a founding association of the CDI
  • He is a major contributor to development of the Quality in Careers Standard award
  • He has contributed to and continues to write many publications, informed by his research, including CDI’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Framework, and Career Related Learning in Primary Schools in the CEC’s What Works series, and CDI briefing for schools, special schools and colleges: Developing a Careers Policy
  • He is a founder member of CDI’s Community of Interest for Careers Education
  • And he is currently helping to curate the CDI’s National Careers Archive at Stourbridge.
  1. Dr Siobhan Neary

  • Has 25 years’ experience as a guidance practitioner, trainer, manager, lecturer and researcher
  • She is a respected academic in field of career guidance and development with particular interest in the structure and nature of the workforce, continuing professional development and the professional identity of guidance professionals
  • She has made a major contribution to research both nationally and internationally, and is author of numerous research papers, briefing papers and conference presentation papers on many different aspects of career guidance, career management, and professional development
  • She is currently the Head of iCeGS (the International Centre for Guidance Studies) at University of Derby and a member of NICE (the Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe)
  • She is the book review editor of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, and a regular peer reviewer for that and several other journals including the British Educational Research Association and co-author in 2016, with Claire Johnson, of CPD for the Career Development Professional – a handbook for enhancing practice
  • Last year she completed her final 3-year term as the elected representative for England, on the CDI’s Professional Standards Committee.