CDI National Conference 2019

Career 4.0 - Career Management 2025

Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Hilton Hotel, Gateshead

Held every two years, our national conference provides a unique opportunity to discuss critical aspects of our work; learn from expert speakers and workshop presenters; network; and have a bit of fun!

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With thanks to major sponsors: 

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Conference Themes

  • The future of work
  • Resilience and well-being
  • Digital skills for careers professionals 

Keynote Speakers

The following speakers have been invited;

  • Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE (international perspective)
  • Tristram Hooley, ISE (future of work)
  • Peter Cheese, CIPD (future of work)
  • Dr Pete Robertson, Edinburgh Napier University (resilience and wellbeing)
  • Beth Benatti Kennedy, US (resilience; thrive, not just survive)
  • Liane Hambly, Consultant and Trainer (neuropsychology and career decision-making)
  • Julian Drinkall, CEO Academies Enterprise Trust (Google school)
  • John Fitzgerald, MD Harmonics Group (Future Career Readiness Index - digital tool
  • Tom Staunton, Lecturer, iCeGS at the University of Derby (ethics for the digital careers professional)


Four one-hour workshop slots over two days, offering up to 32 workshop choices based on the conference themes. The Call for Workshops will be announced in July.

Conference Fee

Early bird booking will be available shortly, closes Friday 13th September. All places must be paid for at time of booking, and places cannot be reserved without payment.

Full Conference, includes two-day conference attendance and refreshments;

Earlybird rate closes Friday 13 September

  • Members: £155 +VAT 
  • Student Members: £100 +VAT (limited places are available)
  • Regional Representatives/Professional Standards Committee Members: £130 +VAT
  • Non-Members: £230 +VAT (why not become a Member, and save up to 30% on all CDI events and training days!)

Standard rate from Monday 16 September

  • Members: £175 +VAT 
  • Student Members: £125 +VAT (limited places are available)
  • Regional Representatives/Professional Standards Committee Members: £150 +VAT
  • Workshop Presenters: £150 + VAT
  • Non-Members: £250 +VAT 

Just looking to attend a single day? Our Day Delegate rates include a single day at the conference, and refreshments throughout the day;

  • Members Day Delegate: £145 +VAT
  • Non-Members: £195 +VAT

Additional costs

  • Accommodation and breakfast at the Conference hotel on night of 2nd December - £105. This is to be booked direct with the Conference hotel. (This link enables you to book any number of nights' accommodation using a calendar, so delegates can also book the Sunday night and/or the Tuesday night if they are planning to attend the one-day Older Workers Summit on Wednesday 4 December also at the Hilton.) 

  • The popular Conference dinner - £30 +VAT (includes live music from the Blue Jazz Quintet plus Lindsay Hannon on Vocals) - can now be booked online. This is a separate event and is not included in the full conference rate. 

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Mon 02 Dec 2019 (Deadline for booking tickets is Sun 01 Dec 2019)
  • Hilton Hotel, Gateshead, Bottle Bank, Gateshead