Meet Your Regional Reps

New Regional Representation

Last year we launched a new regional structure, led by volunteer members who are giving their time freely to establish a CDI regional presence throughout the UK.

 The regions are:

London North East East Midlands South West
East of England North West West Midlands Northern Ireland
Yorkshire and the Humber Scotland Wales

South East - Kent and East and West Sussex

Central Southern - Surrey, Hants, IOW, Oxfordshire and Berkshire

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.

In some regions several members have volunteered to share the load and work together. 

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

East of England - Emma Le Blanc

My name is Emma and I am a Freelance Careers Coach.  I trained in Scotland and possess a Post-graduate Diploma in Career Development and Guidance.  I have worked with Skills Development Scotland and in Higher Education Institutions in London.  I am passionate about social justice, equality and diversity, quality IAG, well-being and widening participation.   

I am excited and privileged to be the East of England Regional Representative.  I am an approachable and friendly individual and I enjoy meeting new people from diverse backgrounds.  So, I cannot wait to meet you.  I believe that this role will enhance my professional development and most importantly help me to contribute to my community of practice.  Also, this is a fantastic way to meet fellow CDI members to facilitate and promote your voices and needs and feed this back to the CDI Council.  I am looking forward to helping you to form a strong, supportive and fun regional network through regional meetings/events and e-engagement.


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.

East Midlands - Rebecca Auterson

It’s a pleasure to introduce myself as your new representative for the East Midlands area.  I have previously worked in industry, in business for myself and, most recently in schools, teaching Maths/Physics/Computer Science and heading up Careers (previously at Repton School and, since the beginning of this term, at Nottingham High School).  Inspiring young people to consider careers and industries they have often never thought of is a real pleasure and, with the rapid pace of change we see around us at the moment, increasingly important too.  I’m keen to help CDI members work together and support each other over the coming months and look forward to meeting many of you ‘virtually’ soon.

South West - Vicky Woodings  vickywoodings

Vicky 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.

Laura for CDI Rep 2South West - Laura Radford

As part of the Regional Reps team, I will help to facilitate a forum for the South West region of careers practitioners. I volunteered for this role having been Student Voice Representative for the MA in Career Guidance at Coventry University (2017-18). I enjoyed bringing the views and suggestions of my cohort to the teaching staff and the wider institution, and so I am looking forward to developing the network.

I previously worked at UCL’s Careers Service in employer engagement and internship co-ordination before leaving to complete the master degree and formalise my interest in careers theory. Towards the end of 2018, I took an inspiring self-guided Interrail adventure around Western and Central Europe. I am now settling in South Bristol at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College as their Work Experience Co-ordinator.

PAV Headshot 2 18South West - Pippa Allner

I have worked in the career guidance sector for over 10 years and am passionate about supporting young people. I hold the Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development and I am currently working towards my Level 7 Post Graduate Certificate in Careers Leadership. I am currently Head of Careers & Employability at Avonbourne Trust which involves working with children aged 5-18 years old. I had the honour of being nominated in the CDI Awards 2019 for Careers Leader of the Year. I am really looking forward to supporting regional members and having a more involved role within the CDI. I am excited to share practice and knowledge with other careers professionals.

Fiona Arnold Yorks and Humber - 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.

SL Portrait 1.jpgNorth West - Suzanne Leech

I am a Careers and Welfare Coordinator at The Manchester College, the largest FE college in the UK.  Following on from a career which included teaching, qualification development and running a networking business, I completed my Level 7 QCD at the University of Derby in 2019.

I’m looking forward to meeting career development practitioners from across the North West and finding out more about how the CDI can support them in their work.  By building up a regional network, I hope we can help to raise awareness of the benefits of good careers guidance for people of all ages.

Tracy Harris smNorth East - Tracy Harris 

Hello, my name is Tracy Harris and I am delighted to be taking on the role alongside Mark as regional representative for the CDI in the North East. My passion is for quality in careers education and  guidance.  

A little background on me; I have 25+ years’ experience in Careers and in guidance settings across schools and colleges as well as a team manager in the Connexions service managing a team of careers advisers across Newcastle. I have also and currently work in the training and development of careers advisers and careers leaders designing curriculum and ensuring quality as well as working as a private careers consultant and adviser.  I am passionate about quality careers guidance and feel strongly about this profession! I am looking forward to carrying out this role and offering any support and advice I can and networking with fellow professionals. , 07852 913279.

Mark Fox NE Region 1North East - Mark Fox

Hi, I’m Mark and I can’t believe I did my DipCG at Reading University back in 1995! I started off working for Prospects in South London and then in 1999 made the big move up to the North East. After stints as a school-based Careers Adviser, Connexions Team Leader and Area-Wide Prospectus (remember that??) Project Manager I was privileged to be involved in the original Gatsby Benchmarks pilot in 2015. I am now building on that experience by working for the North East LEP and facilitating one of the national Careers Hubs, comprising 40 secondary schools from Peterlee in County Durham to Berwick on the Scottish border.

It’s a pleasure to be working alongside Tracy to act as the voice for the CDI in the North East and we are looking forward to achieving great things for our region. Find me on Twitter @MarkFoxHubNE and by email on

Roma Gee 2South East (Central Southern Region - Berkshire, Hampshire & Surrey) - Roma Gee

I’m looking forward to setting up the network for the Central Southern Region and hoping that this will give everyone the opportunity for professional development, mutual support and networking.

I trained at the University of Derby on their Post Graduate Diploma and QCD course. Firstly, working in a school in Bakewell, Derbyshire and volunteering for the Princes Trust online mentoring scheme. On moving to Hampshire, I am now a careers practitioner for EBP South. I have a special interest in SEN settings and the creative industries. 

Derek Osborn
South East (Sussex and Kent) - Derek Osborn

Derek is an enthusiastic career coach, facilitator, trainer and adviser engaging with individuals, teams and organisations.  He is passionate about the value of career coaching and mentoring in organisations and loves to see people progress in their careers.

He has designed and delivered coaching, mentoring and career development workshops and training with various clients including, Churchill Insurance, UK NHS, Royal and Sunalliance, UK Atomic Energy Authority, BBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Tearfund, Australia Post, Kuwait Oil Corporation, British Transport Police, World Vision, Bayer Cropscience, Barclays, Shell and O2, National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Derek will be working with Emma to organise local events in Sussex and Kent.

Kay Maddox 2.JPGLondon - Kay Maddox-Daines 

I’m delighted to have been appointed Regional Representative for London and am very much looking forward to meeting members old and new at forthcoming events.  With a background in people management and development I specialise in executive and career coaching for professionals in transition, with an emphasis on leaders and managers.  Having worked across both the private and public sectors, including further and higher education, I understand the complexities and opportunities that exist across sectors and I am keen to develop a platform for the sharing of good and ‘next’ practice.

Aside from running my own consultancy, I am a non-executive director for the Sigma Trust, lead internal quality assurer for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualifications, lead internal quality assurer for the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) development programmes and associate lecturer for postgraduate programmes in leadership, management and human resources. I look forward to meeting you soon.

peterobertson smScotland - Peter Robertson

I trained in Bristol, and then worked as a career adviser in London and Hertfordshire, specialising in young people with disabilities. I moved to Scotland in 2001 to work for Edinburgh Napier University, and since then I have been teaching on our postgraduate (QCD) programmes.  I am currently an Associate Professor of Career Guidance:  I am also involved in research and academic writing: my interests relate to services for disadvantaged groups, the evaluation of career services, and the relationship between health, well-being and careers. 

I am particularly keen that the Institute north of the border has a distinctively Scottish feel to it. Given the post-devolution policy, education system, and career service structures we have, it is important that the CDI is in tune with this environment in the kind of conversations we foster and the training/CPD that we offer.  I would be delighted to hear from CDI members in Scotland, to see if I can help you, and to see if you can contribute to this agenda.

Carolyn Parry Wales Project Associate.jpgWales - Carolyn Parry

I 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 programme of 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 (

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