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:

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

emmaleblancsmallEast 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 - Kay Barnard

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I am a creative thinking careers professional with a business background employed by the Brunts Academy, which is part of the Evolve Trust in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. My current role is very varied: I provide IAG, set up various opportunities, interventions/networks to support pupils from a diverse range of backgrounds including those with learning difficulties, disabilities, difficult home lives, networking also with learning providers and employers opening students minds to the world of work. Over the past 12 years, my CPD has enabled me to develop a wide range of skills and qualifications at L6 and 7 – in careers guidance and careers leadership.

I am very proud to be part of this incredible opportunity to act as your lead representative for the East Midlands.  Each one of you makes a real difference every day in the work that you do to improve careers and employability in our region. I look forward to working with you, organising events locally and bringing your voice forward to the CDI and helping the CDI to grow our professional network further.

Dan GrayEast Midlands - Daniel Gray

I am a senior Lecturer in Youth and Career Development and I teach on professional courses at Nottingham Trent University. I have background in leadhip and management in children and young people's services, school, charity and Connexions, as well as substantial practice experience, working with young people, adults and families, and a strong desire to address social justice issues. I have project management and stakeholder management experience gained in a variety of roles, currently being put to use in research and practice development. I am currently Chair of Governors at Bluecoat Beechdale Secondary School and a Governor of Bluecoat Primary School, part of the Archway Learning Trust. When I am not working I am interested in mountain biking, rugby league and history.

vickywoodingsSouth West - Vicky Woodings 

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.

Ruth Winden headshot.jpgNorth East - Ruth Winden 

The 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!

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 Ruth 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 mark.fox@nelep.co.uk.

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.

Nicola Hay 2Scotland - Nicola Hay

Hello, 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

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 (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 career coaching practice for individuals and organisations.