Career Leaders Conference 2022

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Join us at the Career Leaders Conference 2022 - LIVE

The National Career Leaders Conference and Exhibition is jointly organised by the CDI, iCeGS at the University of Derby and Optimus Education. 

We are excited to announce that we will be holding the conference as a LIVE in-person event for 2022 on Thursday 30 June at the University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus. Book your place now.

This is the fifth conference of its type, designed to support the learning, information sharing and professional development of Careers Leaders working in secondary schools, FE and SEND schools and colleges, Enterprise Coordinators and Careers Advisers. 

The theme of the conference will focus on ‘Deepening strategic careers leadership’ and expert practitioners will invite attendees to join thought-provoking discussions during keynote and panel sessions, and workshops throughout the day.

There will also be an exhibition, which will provide an opportunity to engage with organisations supporting the careers sector. 

Book your place now


Ticket prices

CDI member £120
Non-member £160
Student £60 
Exhibition only £10


The conference agenda 

2022 Theme: Deepening strategic careers leadership

Keynote speakers

  • Nicola Hall, Director of Education, Careers and Enterprise Company 
  • Ryan Gibson, National System Leader for Careers, Academies Enterprise Trust 


  • Amanda Green, Director of Aspiration, Bedford Academy
  • Emma Perry, Assistant Headteacher and Careers Leader, Hednesford Valley High School
  • John Morrison, Head of Careers and Careers Leader, Aquinas Sixth Form College
  • Chaired by Tom Stanton, Lecturer in Career Development, iCeGS

Sub themes and the topics for the workshops

  1. Developing the workforce: This theme is about how you identify training needs and meet these using a variety of innovative approaches. We would also like to hear about how you evaluate the impact of these activities. Everyone within the workforce is involved in careers development in some way, including internal and external individuals such as governors, employers, teaching and non-teaching staff and senior leaders.
  2. Developing the culture: The ambition is to get to the point where all teachers recognise that they are “teachers of careers” and that career development is central to a learning organisation’s mission. What measures did you take to get to this point? What were the barriers and how did you overcome them?
  3. Developing practical approaches: We want to hear about innovation. How have you used the lessons from the pandemic in terms of the use of technology? What have you kept and what have you dropped? How are you involving stakeholders and parents in the planning and delivery of careers work? What measures are you taking to ensure that parents are fully engaging with their child’s career development needs?


Call for workshop proposals 

As part of our commitment to encouraging both new and established voices in career development, we are asking for submissions from individuals and organisations to lead workshops related to the key themes of the conference and of relevance to the audience. 

There will be three, 40-minute workshop sessions at the conference. These will take place at  :

  • 10.25am -11.05am
  • 12.30pm- 1.10pm
  • 2.55pm- 3.35pm

If you would like to submit a proposal for a workshop, please complete this form by 5pm on 31 May.


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