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
Yorkshire and the Humber      

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

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 - Kay Barnard

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.

South West - Laura Radford

Laura for CDI Rep 2As 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.

South West - Pippa Allner

PAV Headshot 2 18I 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.

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 focused 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. 

North East - Ruth Winden 

Ruth Winden headshot.jpgThe careers industry is a generous, collegiate and collaborative group of professionals, all united by our strong desire to make a real difference to our ts. Our new regional CDI structure will enable us to build engaged and cooperative communities of practice and I am honoured to be your contact for the North East of England.

I have been active in CDI since its inception and served on CDI’s Professional Standards Committee for five years.2019 is my 20th anniversary in private practice as a career coach, working with international executives and those at midlife career points, but also with higher education, global organisationand public sector employers. I bring curiosity to learn about you and your expectations of CDI; a wish to add value to your professional development; and the drive to nurture our networks and create opportunities for collaboration. Please get in touch via email, Twitter @OlderYetBolder or LinkedIn!

South East - Emma Gotz 

Emma Gotz 2I have worked within the careers sector in Hampshire for 20 years. Starting my career in careers as an Employment, Training Adviser; I then gained the Dip CG in 2002 and worked in various schools in Portsmouth. I moved into a curriculum specialist and training role with South Central Connexions and carried on this focus within Hampshire County Council, this work included supporting schools and colleges to gain the Investor in Careers Award (now the Quality in Careers Standard).

More recently I managed Hampshire Careers and Employability Service and new projects looking to raise the standard of careers provision across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and increase the number of students moving into Higher Education and Apprenticeships specifically on the Isle of Wight.

I am looking forward to building a strong South East regional network and to arranging meetings and events that will bring members together and support professional practice.

South East (Sussex and Kent) - Derek Osborn

Derek OsbornDerek 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.

London - Kay Maddox-Daines 

Kay Maddox 2.JPGI’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.

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?

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 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.