The Career Development Institute has announced that Virginia Isaac, Chief Executive of the Inspiring Futures Foundation, has been voted in as its new President Elect. Mrs Isaac has worked in the private and public education sector for more than 25 years and as well as leading a careers company employing some 100 staff, including more than 80 guidance professionals, she is also a Governor of The University of Wales Trinity Saint David and a Trustee of the Student Union. She has recently been invited to sit on the UK Skills Commission. She is also a Director of Careers England, where she leads on quality, and is a member of the Quality in Careers Consortium Board. Speaking about her new appointment, Mrs Isaac said:
"This is a tremendous honour and I very much look forward to working alongside the CDI team who have already contributed so much to the success of the Institute. I am totally convinced about the importance and value of careers work and never lose an opportunity to spread the word. I believe that careers support should be available to all regardless of age, ability, background or social standing. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be an advocate for the CDI and am strongly supportive of it not only being a great membership organisation offering first class events and training opportunities, but also demonstrating active leadership for the sector and seeking out innovative ways to support the profession."
Mrs Isaac will work with the CDI Board until the founding President and company chair, Karen O'Donoghue, stands down at the CDI's annual Conference in Cardiff in November and she will then serve as President for two years.