Board Members

Spencer Niles

Dr. Spencer Niles serves as dean and professor of education for the College of William and Mary. Prior to this, he was a distinguished professor and the department head for educational psychology, counseling, and special education at The Pennsylvania State University. He also served as director of Penn State’s Center for the Study of Career Development and Public Policy. Previously, he served for 13 years on the faculty at the University of Virginia, during which time he was appointed professor and assistant dean for the Curry School of Education. He serves on the editorial boards of six national and international journals, directs Kuder’s research faculty, which is comprised of leading career development and psychometric experts. Some notable accomplishments include:

  • Past editor of the Journal of Counseling & Development and The Career Development Quarterly.
  • Past president of the National Career Development Association (NCDA).
  • Authored or co-authored over 120 publications and delivered over 140 presentations.
  • Fellow of the National Career Development Association and the American Counseling Association.
  • Serves on the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy Executive Board.
  • Honorary member of the Japanese Career Development Association and Italian Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance.

Raimo Vuorinen

Dr Raimo Vuorinen works as a Project Manager in the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä Finland. He is the Co-ordinator of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, ELGPN. He is an Adjunct associate professor at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences School of Social Sciences, Gimli University of Iceland, a Research Associate with Florida State University’s Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development and an International Fellow in the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, NICEC.

He is also an Excecutive Board member and Vice-President of the International Association for Vocational and Educational Guidance, IAEVG , a Board member of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policies, ICCDPP and a member of the European Training Foundation Editorial Board 2009-14.

Ji-Yeon Lee

Dr. Ji-Yeon Lee is a Senior Research Fellow at the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training(KRIVET) since 1997. She has served as the vice president of Korea Career Education Association and editor of The Journal of Career Education from 2012 to March 2016. She is the member of University Structure Reform Committee of Ministry of Education. Previously, she was the director of Career Development Center at KRIVET from 2012 to 2015. She was a member of Presidential Consultative Body, Lifelong Career Education Section in the Ministry of Education from 2013 to 2015.
She received a Ph.D. at the Ohio State University, 1994. Her research interests are career development, career guidance program development, career teachers’ competency development and so on. She has been awarded the Prime Minister’s award (2011) and the Education Minister’s award (2004) for her efforts in improving the Career and Vocational Development of Korea.
Her recent research projects are ’Career Information Handbook publication for Students in Special-Education’, ‘Occupational Indicators’, ‘Comprehensive School Career Counselling & Guidance’, ‘Online Career Counseling Program Management’, ‘International Career Education Form’ and many others

Tristram Hooley

Tristram Hooley is Professor of Career Education at the International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby. His research interests are careers policy, the evidence base in careers work and the role of technology in career development. He is also interested in careers work and social justice, the role of appearance and attractiveness in career and the careers of researchers. He is a member of the UK Careers Sector Strategic Alliance, a Winston Churchill Fellow, a Fellow of National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) and on the editorial board of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. He was the specialist adviser to the House of Commons Education Committee inquiry into career guidance. He writes the Adventures in Career Development blog.

Tibor Bors Borbély-Pecze

Tibor is a Senior Policy Advisor of the Hungarian National Employment Service – National Labour Office. He earned his undergraduate degree on employment and career counselling (1998), a teacher degree from social pedagogy and school counselling (1999) a master degree from social policy (2001), a post-graduate degree from counselling in the field of addictology (2006). He received a Ph.D. at the University of ELTE, Budapest, Faculty of Psychology and Pedagogy (2010) and a former summer school student of the Soros-founded Budapest-based Central European University on education policies and democratic dialogue (2002, 2003). He prepared his thesis on teachers’ preparedness for Lifelong Guidance (2010). He started his career as an employment counsellor at a branch office of the PES, since the last 12 years has been working at national and European policy levels. He is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Szeged, Faculty of Law has been teaching European and national employment policy ten years now.
He is a former member of the European Employment Observatory network (2004-2008); was a national correspondent of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (2007-2012) and lead country representative of the evidence based and quality assurance work-package (2011-12). He was the founder of the Hungarian National Lifelong Guidance Policy Council (January 2008-July 2012) and the former Programme Leader of the Hungarian Lifelong Guidance System Development Programme (2008-2011). He is also a Member of the Directing Board of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy, ICCDPP (since 2010) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2012), IX. Section of Economics and Law; Committee on Human Resources.
In December 2011 he was the Project leader of the IS 2011 in Budapest. Currently also works as a Strategic Consultant of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network and as an international consultant in e.g. Croatia, Estonia and China.

Lynne Bezanson

Lynne Bezanson is Executive Director of the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF). She organized the first two International Symposia on Career Development and Public Policy which were held in Canada and she has collaborated on the organization and implementation of all subsequent Symposia. In 2003, she organized the inaugural pan-Canadian Symposium on Career Development, Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development. She was a member of the National Steering Committee for the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners and a founding member of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy. She participated in the OECD 14 country review of Career Information, Guidance and Counselling Policies. She is the recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence and the Stu Conger Gold Medal for Leadership in Career Development. Her contributions include state-of-the-art career development methods, curricula, practitioner training, commitment to quality in policy and service, and her vision for the profession.

John McCarthy

My background has been primarily in the education policy field:

  • Policy Developer at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture focussing on Lifelong Learning.
  • Chair of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Lifelong Guidance.
  • Country policy reviewer for career guidance for the OECD and for the European Training Foundation (ETF).
  • Consultancy and training activities in five continents in areas such as national strategies for career guidance provision, higher/tertiary education policy, secondary education policy, education to labour market transitions, adult guidance, the training of guidance practitioners, quality assurance of career guidance services, and information technology and career guidance.
  • Consultant to the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network.
  • Keynote addresses at many international conferences and at national symposia/conferences.
  • -Co-editor of Career guidance: a handbook for policy makers, a joint European Commission-OECD publication.
  • Author of The Skills, Training and Qualifications of Guidance Workers, an OECD International Policy Review Expert Paper.
  • Co-author of Establishing and Developing Lifelong Guidance National Policy Forums for CEDEFOP, an agency of the European Commission for the development of Vocational Education and Training.

My interests include reading, music, dance, hiking, tennis, and sports in general

Phil Harrington

Phil Harrington established Career Assessment Centers in 1997 to provide integrated assessment, career guidance, and education planning tools to all students and adults. Assembling a faculty of leading experts in career development theory, Phil directed extensive research among 100,000 key stakeholders throughout the United States to develop the first research-based, comprehensive career development system of its kind, the Kuder® Career Planning SystemTM (KCPS).
Under Phil’s leadership, the company – renamed Kuder, Inc. in 2007 – has become one of the most respected and innovative in the industry, serving as a leading voice and resource for issues surrounding education and career planning.
A sought-after speaker at industry events, Phil has conducted lectures, workshops, and seminars for the Qatar Foundation, the American Counseling Association, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, the National Career Development Association, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, among many others.

Helmut Zelloth

Helmut Zelloth is a Senior Specialist in VET Policies and Systems at the European Training Foundation (ETF), an agency of the European Union (EU) based in Italy. ETF’s mission is to help transition and developing countries to harness the potential of their human capital through the reform of education, training and labour market systems in the context of the EU’s external relations policy. Helmut’s work focuses on vocational education and training policies, career guidance, work-based learning and apprenticeships. He gained international experience in more than 50 countries in the world providing policy analysis and policy advice to Governments. On career guidance, he co-ordinated several regional/cross-country policy reviews (Candidate countries to the EU, North Africa and Middle East, Western Balkans) and authored policy papers addressed to governments (i.e. Turkey, Serbia, Kosovo, Jordan and Egypt). He is a member of the Board of the International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship (INAP) and contributed to the development of the International Memorandum ´An Architecture for Modern Apprenticeships´. Prior to joining ETF he worked in Austria as Head of a European Information Centre for rural areas, Project Director of a business cluster (public-private partnership) in urban infrastructure and environmental technologies, as high-school teacher and as Specialist in VET and adult education at the Chamber of Agriculture. He holds a master degree in philosophy, psychology and pedagogy, and geography with economic focus from the University for Educational Sciences in Klagenfurt/Austria.

Steffen Jensen

Steffen Jensen has been working with educational policy in the Danish Ministry of Education since 1983. He retired from his post as head of division in the ministry in 2016 and is now a private consultant with projects mainly in the educational sector.
Since 2003 Steffen has been head of the division for guidance in the ministry and in that capacity he has been responsible for the implementation and development of the Danish educational guidance system. He was member of the European Commission’s expert group om guidance and from 2007 of ELGPN (The European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network).
Prior to his work in the guidance field Steffen was head of divisions on statistics, economy and information technology. He began his career in the ministry as inspector general of upper secondary education.
After his graduation for the University of Copenhagen in mathematics and physics he worked as a teacher in these subjects in an upper secondary school.