Meet Your Regional Reps

BP626-Regional Rep logo-2019The CDI is very grateful to work with an exceptional group of volunteers who run the regional communities, engaging members locally and representing their views at the CDI Council. 


The regional representatives


North East


Ronnie BurnRonnie Burn

As Careers Leader and Head of Careers Education and Student Progress at Newcastle College, I am thrilled to accept the role as regional representative for the CDI in the North East. Having worked in the Further Education sector for over 25 years and for the past 4 years in a leading coordination role as Career Leader I am excited to be promoting the profession at a time of considerable change and development.

Mark Fox NE Region 1Mark 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 Ronnie to act as the voice for the CDI in the North East and we are looking forward to achieving great things for our region. 

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Yorkshire and Humberside

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Tracy Harris smTracy Harris

Hello. I am delighted to be taking on the role alongside Emily as regional representative for the CDI in Yorkshire and Humberside. 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.



Emily MaguireEmily Maguire

I'm an experienced talent manager with over 20 years of business management and mentoring experience and managing director of Reflections Talent Agency, an international company whose clients work worldwide.

Previously I have worked at Shaw Trust as an advocate for the unemployed and with Careers and Enterprise as an Enterprise Advisor. Currently, I also work as a freelance career consultant. Passionate about careers, I have organized numerous large-scale networking events and enjoy connecting companies and individuals and helping them achieve their goals.

I'm delighted to be working with Tracy Harris as one of your new CDI representatives for the region. Keen to give all our regional members a voice, it would be great to hear from you.

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North West

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ClareClare Holland

Clare is a qualified Careers Leader and Careers Adviser, currently Assistant Careers Leader at a secondary academy in east Cheshire. Based in Chester, she has wide-ranging experience in supporting young people’s development, starting in teaching English, continuing through cadet activities leadership and instruction, and now in all aspects of CEIAG for teenagers and young adults.

Clare’s route into the PG Diploma in Career Development and Coaching Studies was via her work in school alumni relations. She believes that effective communication is a key to success and is particularly looking forward to connecting with colleagues across the North West and working to raise the professional profile of career development.

 LinkedIn: Clare Holland


West Midlands


Eva HarrisonEva 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 as possible in the area to the events that are arranged. 

A little bit about meI 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 areaMy 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 2013I 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

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East of England 

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Rebecca Healy

With 17 years’ experience in learning and career development-focused roles ranging from strategy, product & programme design and delivery to operations and event management, I have broad business acumen within Retail, Construction and Education. I’m proud to apply this knowledge, skill and experience to the East of England Regional Representative role.

In 2019 I studied for the MSc in Human Resource Development and Consultancy then volunteered as an Enterprise Adviser in Hertfordshire. My first appointment as a Careers Leader (Trust Head of Careers) in 2020 was for a small Multi-Academy Trust in North East London. Through my role and volunteering, I have built a network in Career Development as well as Human Resources and the People Professions sector via the CIPD and the CEC. My overall motive is to assist people in the discovery and attainment of their life and career aspirations - a champion of personal and professional development.


Stephen RoachStephen Roach

Stephen is a Freelance Careers and Employability Adviser, who has worked in careers and employability development for over 25 years, supporting schools, colleges, universities and the long-term unemployed, both one-to-one and through successful workshops and groupwork sessions. His work has included individuals and groups effectively obtaining employment, apprenticeship, internship, university and further education courses and work experience placements. His three key values are: making a difference to those who need his support; delivering quality service; and possessing a positive attitude, which partly explains his reasons for being a CDI member.

He created a 30 minute film called S.A.F.E. (Support After Formal Education) to support NEET and potential NEET young people, shown in many schools and colleges. He has also been a guest on BBC local radio talking about the careers and employability support available to young people and has written careers and employability articles in a local newspaper in Reading. He has a very keen interest in his hometown football club, martial arts and motor racing.

Rebecca and Stephen are the lead reps for East of England, supported by Joanne Saward, Amanda Green and Lesley Anderson.


Central Southern (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire)


Caroline GreenCaroline Green

I have been working in the careers sector for over 15 years, working both with young people and adults. I have worked for a number of organisations running employability events and delivering one to one career coaching and guidance. I am also a qualified Learning and Development professional and set up my business, The Talent Cycle, two years ago where I wear many hats, including training other Careers Advisors.

LinkedIn: Caroline Green 


Hannah WestHannah West

I've been a careers adviser for five years and worked in an employability focused role prior to this. I have experience with all age groups, from primary school age to retirement (and beyond!). I work in Hampshire, particularly the Solent area.

LinkedIn: Hannah West 


South East (Surrey, Sussex and Kent)


Derek OsbornDerek 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.



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Kay Maddox 2.JPGKay Maddox-Daines 

I’m delighted to have been appointed Regional Representative for London and am very much looking forward to meeting members 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.


South West

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April Booker

I am a qualified food teacher and for the past six years, I have been Head of DT at Oasis Academy, Brightstowe. Three years ago, I became the school's Careers Lead, and I developed a love and passion for careers education and the need for social justice. In September 2022, I took a new role and challenge as Assistant Head Teacher at SGS Forest High School in Cinderford, Glos. I am also the school’s Careers Lead and oversee Personal Development. In 2021, I completed the Level 6 Careers Leader training and I am now studying a Masters Degree in Careers Education and Coaching at Derby University, which will see me gain Level 7 QCD status.

I am looking forward to carrying out this role and offering any support and advice where I can to fellow professionals.

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Ed Sweatman

I am currently Careers Lead at Exeter College. I have worked in education for over 20 years as a teacher, careers coordinator and work experience officer. In my current role I am enjoying the creativity that comes with being a full-time careers lead and the opportunity to plan and put on events, which have genuine impact.



Polly Wiggins

I'm a freelance career coach and writer based in west Wiltshire and am delighted to be part of the CDI South West team! I first qualified in career guidance in 2009 and have since worked in schools, colleges, university and private practice. These days the focus of my work is mainly on private career coaching, practitioner training, research, writing and resource creation, with a bit of time in schools/colleges thrown in. As a portfolio worker myself, I am keen to reach out to all sorts of people in the wider career development family here in the South West to make sure the CDI is as inclusive as possible. Please feel free to get in touch with me via email or LinkedIn with any thoughts or ideas about the CDI in the South West.

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