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.

Ji-Yeon Lee

Dr. Lee Ji-Yeon has been a senior researcher at the Korea Research Institute of Vocational Education & Training (KRIVET) since 1997. From 2012 to 2019, she served as 13th Chairperson of the Korean Career Education Association and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Career Education Research. She was a member of the University Structural Reform Committee of the Ministry of Education, and member of the Presidential Advisory Committee, Lifelong Vocational Education. She supported the inclusion of individual career development issues in education as a whole.
From 2012 to 2019, she was Head of the Career Development Center of KRIVET, and developed guidelines for career education at the national level, detailed strategies, and various programs, and disseminated and spread them nationwide.
She received her Ph.D. in career development from the Ohio State University, USA in 1994. Her main research focus as a project manager at the KRIVET is in the fields of career development and public policy, career guidance programs for all, and career practitioner competency development. Recently she completed the the National Career Guidance Safety Net(NCGSN) project in Korea which emphasizes that individual career development support should be an essential element at the center of national policies of education, employment, and welfare. For realization of the NCGSN, she proposed related laws and systems, personnel roles, delivery methods, and quality control innovation. Currently, she is conducting the ‘Korean work ethics and values” project, analyzing generational comparisons. Next year she will compare Korean work values with those of a selection of foreign countries.

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 Bors is a Senior Career Development Policy Consultant and an Associate Professor in Hungary. His specific areas of expertise are; service design and implementation of employment services and lifelong guidance. He has been also working as a commissioned expert for the European Commission, ILO, GIZ and ETF in more than 20 countries. He is the author of more than 200 journal conference paper, articles, books and book chapters.
He was the founder of the Hungarian National Lifelong Guidance Policy Council in 2008 and the first leader of the nation-wide Lifelong Guidance System Development Programme in Hungary (2008-2011). He is a Member of the Executive Board of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP) since 2011. Worked as a Strategic Policy Consultant for the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN) 2013-2015. Since 2015 he is a “benchlearning assessor” for the Mutual Learning Process of the European Public Employment Services Network. He is the Co-editor of the Hungarian Labour Market Review, and a second term member of the CEDEFOP CareersNet network and of its Advisory Board. He is an international fellow of the NICEC in the UK.
Specialities are: policy, education, guidance, career development, labour market policy, policy design and development,

John McCarthy

John McCarhy´s background has been primarily in the education policy field:

  • Policy Developer at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture focusing 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.
  • Recent publication: McCarthy, J., Borsbely-Pezce, T. (2021) Career guidance: living on the edge of public policy. In, Robertson, P.J., Hooley, T., and McCash, P. (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Career Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press

My interests include reading, music, and sports in general

Natalia Orellana

Natalia Orellana is President and co-founder of Fundación OCIDES for Career Development and Lifelong Guidance. She 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’s degree on Higher Education Research from INCHER-Kassel at University of Kassel, Germany, and holds a PhD from the joint programme of higher education research by the Center for Comparative Educational Policies (CPCE) of University Diego Portales (Chile) and the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University (Netherlands).

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.

David Fretwell

Dr Fretwell is currently the CEO of Scarcliffe Associates, specializing in international workforce development (WD) following his retirement a Lead Employment and Training Specialist at the World Bank where he was active in the formation of CCIDPP. David has experience at most levels of WD including as an instructor, training institution manager, teacher trainer, policy development, program implementation, and evaluation in multiple developed and developing countries.

  • His initial work was in the US at the Local, State, and National levels in Education and Labor ministries;. followed by over 30 years of international WD policy and program development throughout the world. This includes: (i) 15 years full-time for the World Bank, and (ii) work with the European Union (ETF), Asian Development Bank, ILO, UNESCO, OECD and multiple bilateral developing agencies (i.e., CIDA, SIDA, USAID, GIT, AUSAID, MCC, etc.) including long term assignments in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, US, and Canada. He has also worked for the Ford Motor Company and Western Electric, and was raised on a cattle ranch in Alberta, Canada.
  • A major focus of his work has been on ensuring that WD policies and programs support and are an essential element of social and economic development. This included implementing: (i) related sector analysis, project design, project financing (i.e., 15 to 150 million USD), and evaluation; and (ii) development and use of labor market information to assist in planning and evaluation of WD programs and institutions, and development of related career guidance and counseling systems for individuals.
  • He has organized and implemented multiple international/regional conferences, and undertaken and published a number of WD international studies and papers, on topics such as: Public Policies for Career Development, Case Studies and Emerging Issues for Designing Career Information and Guidance Systems in Developing and Transition Economies (this paralleled the initial OECD study); Evaluating Technical and Vocational Education and Training; Developing Effective Employment Services; Adult Continuing Education, an Integral Part of Lifelong Learning; etc. He is a founding member and Vice President for North America for the International Vocational Education and Training Association. He has a B.Ed. in Industrial Education from the University of Alberta (Canada); and an M.Ed. in Industrial Education and Career Guidance, and a Ph.D. in Vocational Education and Business Administration from Oregon State University (USA).

Jan Ellis

Passionate about the difference that career guidance can make, Jan has worked in the career development sector for 40 years. She is a qualified career adviser with over 30 years executive level experience, promoting the sector and growing related businesses. She has extensive experience of working in both the public and private sectors and a growing portfolio of voluntary and community activities.
Jan has a track record of innovation and achievement, with a flair for partnership working, business development, realising revenue goals, marketing communications and influencing decision making at the highest levels.

  • In the early 2000s she led on business development for VT Careers Management one of the largest career companies in England. This included responsibility for marketing; resources; international contracts and the careers software and publishing company Lifeskills.
  • From 2010 she worked for the Institute of Career Guidance in a business development capacity. In 2013 was appointed the first chief executive of the new UK-wide Career Development Institute (CDI). During her tenure she grew the membership to almost 5,000 and firmly established a strategic, professionally focused, high profile and financially secure organisation.
  • In 2020 she joined Qdos Education, a private sector company with a mission to build Qdos Career Hubs throughout England, providing unique place and space for career guidance and work-related activities. Leading on partnership development, she has focused on building strong stakeholder communities and lobbying local and national government.
  • Most recently Jan has taken on a number of voluntary roles including being the trustee of a charity, where she leads on fund raising. She is also a governor of a large inner-city secondary school.

She holds and MBA from the University of Portsmouth; a Diploma in Career Guidance awarded by Kent College for the Careers Service and achieved her first degree in Social Policy at the University of Hull. Jan is a member of the CDI and NICEC. LinkedIn:

David Carney

David Carney is the Executive Director of the Careers Industry Council of Australia. He has held leadership roles in the career and education industry for over 20 years, including strategy, business, and policy development. He is currently a Board member of the Australian Government’s National Careers Institute. He has been involved in OECD and ILO initiatives.

Jaana Kettunen

Dr. Jaana Kettunen is Professor of Guidance and Vice-director at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER) of the University of Jyväskylä. Her research that has a strong international orientation revolves around career guidance practice and public policy development with a special interest on the design and use of information and communication technology in career guidance. Dr. Kettunen is research associate at the Florida State University’s Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development, USA. She is on the Board of the International Centre for Career Development, and is a chair of ICT Strategy working group of the IAEVG and Technology Committee of the National Career Development Association NCDA. She is a nominated national expert at Cedefop´s CareersNet expert network for lifelong guidance and career development and member of its Advisory Board. She was a Member of Co-ordination unit of European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network ELGPN in 2007-2015.

Avron Herr

Over the past 32 years, Avron Herr has contributed to establishing South Africa’s national career advice service, influencing policy for career guidance delivery, establishing competency and curriculum frameworks, developing the South African National Career Advice Portal (NCAP), and founding the South African Career Development Association (SACDA). As founder and manager of the PACE Careers Centre and the PACE Research Institute, he has been involved in building open-access career guidance systems for 14 African countries. He established the East Africa Career Development Association in 2018 and is presently working with regional partners to establish the African Career Development Association (ACDA)