Meet Your Regional Reps

New Regional Representation

From April 2019, the CDI will be launching an exciting regional structure, comprising volunteer members who are giving their time freely to establish a CDI regional presence throughout the UK.

 The regions are:

Scotland NE East Midlands London
Wales NW West Midlands SE
NI London East of England SW

The role of regional reps 

BP626-Regional Rep logo-2019Regional reps are member volunteers who have agreed to take on a regional coordination role for an initial two-year period. They will:

  • Provide a regional focus for the CDI
  • Regularly engage with local members through email; face to face meetings and closed regional LinkedIn groups
  • Organise at least three regional meetings/visits/activities a year
  • Consult with local members on behalf of the CDI to ascertain and collect your views and provide feedback to the executive
  • Take every opportunity to raise the profile of the CDI and benefits of membership in your region
  • Attend two UK Council meetings a year, feeding back to Council about local activities and member issues, informing CDI strategy and business development.

New CDI Council

A new Council, comprising the regional reps and chaired by the President/President Elect will be launched in 2019. It is envisaged that Council will meet twice a year. This will be a new advisory body, feeding into decisions made by the PSC and Board. The agenda for these meetings will ensure a two-way flow of information, enabling regional reps to share views and ideas from the grass roots and share information with members directly, thereby giving members greater influence in the development and sustainability of the CDI.

The cost of meetings, including travel and accommodation, as necessary, will be met by the CDI.

Regional rep profiles

West Midlands - Eva Harrison

Hello I’m Eva Harrison.  I’m really honoured and excited to have been appointed as the CDI Regional Representative for the West Midlands. As an advocate for networking and sharing knowledge and skills with like minded people having this opportunity is a real privilege.   I look forward to welcoming as many career professionals in the area to the events that are arranged.

A little bit about me.  I am originally from the North East of England but have lived in the West Midlands for 24 years. I am familiar with the career landscape in this area.  My first career was in people development in a wide range of industries and on a freelance basis. I set up my own company Career Seekers Direct in 2013.  I have a team of Associate Career Coaches and together we deliver career management services to ‘all ages at all stages’ of their career journey.

South West - Vicky Woodings

vickywoodingsVicky qualified from University of West of England with her QCG/DipCG in 2003. Since then she has worked for the Connexions service, NHS and Children’s social care.  Currently she is Head of Careers and Aspiration at The Bourne Academy and has led the Academy to achieve all Gatsby benchmarks and the Investors In  Careers Award. Vicky is also the south west representative for National Careers Week and is an experienced speaker, facilitator and design consultant for careers. She is a passionate advocate of the value of careers guidance and education for all young people.

Yorks and Humber - Fiona Arnold

Fiona Arnold I’m looking forward to representing Yorkshire and Humber as the CDI regional representative.  I have been working in the area of recruitment and careers since 2004.  I set up a recruitment business in London before moving to Yorkshire where I took a part time careers role in a large school near York. This experience led me to take a postgraduate qualification in careers and identifying an opportunity to start RedCrest Careers with another CDI member in 2018. We are thoroughly enjoying supporting young people and schools within the region. 

I hope that we can build a strong professional and social regional network and have the opportunity to exchange ideas, hear more about the wide-ranging work of the CDI and feedback to HQ from the region.  We have a large geographical area but hopefully you will support the initiative and also bring along colleagues you think might be interested.

North West - Suzanne Leech

SL Portrait 1.jpgSuzanne is currently studying on the QCD programme at the University of Derby. She has experience of working in a wide range of education and business settings in the North West, including tutoring on adult education programmes, developing credit-based qualifications such as Access to HE provision, and leading an Aimhigher project aimed at encouraging work-based learners to progress to HE.  After becoming self-employed 10 years ago, she worked firstly as a freelance consultant in qualification development and most recently as the owner of a business and professional women’s networking franchise. 

Suzanne is now focussed on bringing together her experience of education and business and building on her extensive range of contacts to work as a freelance practitioner. She is particularly interested in working with women, with adults considering returning to education and adults interested in self-employment, as well as working with organisations with a focus on adult learning. 

Scotland - Nicola Hay

Nicola Hay 2Hello, I am Nicola Hay. I am really excited to have joined the CDI team as the Project Associate (Scotland), this role also makes me responsible for being your regional rep. I want to work with members to create a community of people who believe what I believe, developing our professional standards and professionalism, underpinned by social justice, within the Scottish context. This means working with you to co-create a strong professional and social regional network so we can share knowledge and information about the wide range of work that takes place in our sector and facilitate more local and regional CPD.

I have previously worked in a paid and voluntary capacity with several third sector/community organisations ranging from Refugee Inclusion to Tackling LGBT Bullying education, and more recently as Campaign Manager at Show Racism the Red Card in Scotland and as a voluntary education consultant for the Gypsy Traveller Police Association. I am also currently an Associate Lecturer in Careers Related Policy at the UWS and working on my PhD – Who is talking to Roma, Gypsy, Traveller people about careers? Nicola.hay@thecdi.net

Wales - Carolyn Parry

Carolyn Parry Wales Project Associate.jpgI have been working in career development sector for almost 20 years now as a practitioner and senior manager, and am a passionate advocate for high-quality career guidance and coaching to help individuals of all ages create effective working lives. I feel very privileged and delighted to have been the Project Associate for Wales since September 2017, supporting and promoting the interests of the CDI and members in Wales and now becoming Wales’ regional rep.

We have established a wide range of Wales specific support for members including sharing best practice, and offering a well-received programmeof CPD webinars. Looking ahead, and bearing in mind Wales’ topography, we aim to organise more face to face events including conferences. All suggestions, comments, and volunteers are very welcome so please get in touch (carolyn.parry@thecdi.net).

When not looking after the CDI Cymru Wales (or supporting the Welsh rugby team), you’ll find me running Career Alchemy, an award-winning areer coaching practice for individuals and organisations.