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.

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

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. Helmut.Zelloth@etf.europa.eu

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.

Natalia Orellana

Natalia Orellana is president and co-founder of Fundación OCIDES for Career Development and Lifelong Guidance, and is a higher education researcher and manager at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She is responsible for the BIESTRA Project; the major collaborative Encounter for Higher Education and World of Work held in Chile, since 2011, that every two years brings together researchers, professionals and policy makers to promote capacity building in higher education policy and practice. Her research interests are higher education and work, career development, student development, professionalization of higher education and quality assurance. She holds a master degree on Higher Education Research from INCHER-Kassel at University of Kassel, Germany, and currently is a doctoral candidate at the join programme of higher education research conformed by the Center for Comparative Educational Policies (CPCE) of University Diego Portales (Chile) and the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University (Holland).

Sareena Hopkins

As Executive Director of the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF), Sareena works in Canada and internationally to strengthen the reach and impact of career development through:

  • Innovative Research & Development: moving from ideas to new resources/tools to sustained implementation, all the while building the evidence base to inform policy and practice;
  • Policy Consultation: bridging silos and bringing policy solutions that are attuned to the realities of stakeholders;
  • Training: developing and delivering a wide range of training/PD tailored to those working across settings to support stronger career development for citizens of all ages;
  • Leadership: Working with diverse partners to enrich and strengthen career services and to integrate career, community, health, economic and workforce development.

Sareena is an active member of the FLMM Labour Market Information Council’s National Advisory Panel and RBC’s Future of Skills Expert Advisory Council. In addition to her role with CCDF, Sareena is the founding Executive Officer of the Canadian Council for Career Development (3CD) and was awarded the International Gold Medal for Leadership in Career Development in 2014.

Sally Sinclair

Sally Sinclair is the CEO of the National Employment Services Association, the peak body for the Australian employment services sector. Sally has been instrumental in informing key stakeholders both domestically and internationally on addressing employment and inclusion challenges including strengthening the integration of employment, education and training, and increasing employment of disadvantaged job seekers including Indigenous job seekers, people with disability, long term unemployed, youth and mature aged.

Sally has over three decades of domestic and international expertise in the design, development and delivery of employment services. Her experience spans the not for profit and for profit sectors, as well as numerous government appointments and industry expert groups. Among her expert roles, Sally is a member the Minister’s National Disability and Carers Advisory Council (NDCAC), the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Market Oversight Advisory Group, the New Employment Services Trial Reference Group and the VET Stakeholder Committee. Sally is also the Chair of the NDCAC Employment Reform Working Group.

Sally was a member of the Australian Government’s Welfare Reform Reference Group, the G20 Civil Society 20 (C20) Steering Committee, the Minister’s Employment Services 2020 Expert Advisory Panel and the five working groups – Digital Services, Employer Engagement, Job Seeker Activation and Assessment, Provider and Enhanced Services and Regional and Local Approaches. Sally was also the Chair of the C20 Inclusive Growth and Employment Working Group.

Sally is a member of the OECD Local Development Forum and is an expert advisor to the OECD’s Employment and Skills Strategies in Southeast Asia (ESSSA) initiative. Sally is a Board member of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP). Sally holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, majoring in neuropsychology.