Lancashire executive appointed president of guidance body

Karen O’Donoghue, chief executive of Leyland-based social business The Via Partnership, has been voted into the top job of a new, national professional body.

Karen is also a former director of the Institute of Careers Guidance and currently vice chair of the sector specialist trade body Careers England. At the AGM Karen outlined her vision for members by prioritising building the credibility for the career development sector and for the Career Development Institute itself.

The Career Development Institute has been forged out of the Careers Profession Task Force, chaired by Dame Ruth Silver. The Task Force outlined the case for a more unified profession and recommended the creation of a professional register; a requirement for front line professionals to hold a qualification in career development at QCF Level 6, and, critically, urged the sector to develop a coherent unified professional voice for people working in careers guidance and education in all its forms and various settings.

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