Career Development Association of New Zealand


Honoured Members

Life Membership may be granted to a Professional Member who has rendered outstanding service to the Association. This member was previously designated as Fellow and was re-designated the 2014 AGM.

Fellow may be granted to a professional member who has met a set of criteria that renders leadership within careers and the Association.

Honorary Membership may be granted to an appropriate person who has played, or is playing, a significant role in the field of career education counselling or related activities; or has made significant contributions to the welfare of the Association.


Dale Furbish (Awarded 2010)

Dale Furbish

Dale came to NZ in 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the Graduate Diploma in Career Development and the Master of Career Development at AUT until his retirement in 2015.

He has over 25 years experience as a career counsellor, during which time he served as Director of Counselling at a tertiary institution in the United States.

With an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters in Counselling, Dale earned his doctorate from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

His current research interests include professionalisation of career practice in New Zealand, international career transitions, and the influence of self-funded leave on career development. He is also involved in investigating trans-national standards for career practice competencies and their effect on local practice issues.

Dale is active in the Career Development Association of New Zealand and served as its President for two terms (1999-2003).

In 2007 Dale was recognised by the National Career Development Association (NCDA) in the USA with the International Leadership Award, and CDANZ recognised his contribution to our Association by awarding him Life Membership in 2010.

Heather Carpenter (Awarded 2014)

Heather is a careers specialist with over 30 years’ experience in careers practice and education. She has maintained her own careers consultancy business for 20 years as a career practitioner, trainer, and educator; and currently now also works as a facilitator, Academic Mentor and Assessor at Capable NZ, a school within Otago Polytechnic. 

Heather began her serious work and interest in the careers field in Auckland while completing a post-graduate Diploma in Counselling and Guidance, and working in the field of unemployment programmes in the tertiary environment. As a senior manager she managed Student Services including careers, counselling and schools liaison programmes, and it was in this role she designed her first career decision-making programme. This has been followed by many more tools and resources, including two specialist career books: The Career Maze-guiding your children towards a successful future, (New Holland, 2008); and Your 21st Century Career-new paths to personal success (New Holland, 2010).

Heather has a Master’s degree in Commerce, and a PH.D in Management, where her research in career management focussed on the attributes and skills required for 21st century work. She has a strong interest in making careers research knowledge accessible to all, and writes and presents for the general population. Heather is also the NZCER appointed trainer for The Self Directed Search, and provides training in this tool within NZ; her other workshop and research interests include identity in relation to careers, and innovative learning approaches.

Sue Mortlock (Awarded 2015)

Sue’s work threads have included: career practice, career and adult education and professional supervision. 

Sue has always had an intense interest in career development. Her seven years experience working in New Zealand prisons in the 1980s, involved developing and managing education programmes which would help bridge the transition to release and work for inmates. 

While working as a course adviser for Massey University in the 1990s, Sue was aware that in making a decision about which paper to take, mature students were often hoping to make wider life changes. Her Master’s thesis, undertaken during this time, developed ideas of the context of career decision making, and focused on the effects of education policy and family background on the way in which Year 13 students chose their post school trajectory. 

 Sue was appointed Management Development adviser within in a large Government Department in 1997, and also began the Diploma of Career Counselling at CIT. After working with Careers New Zealand in both Rotorua and Wellington, Sue returned to CIT to teach on the Diploma Programme at CIT, later Weltec. She became a Professional member of CDANZ in 2000 and was elected to National Executive of CDANZ in 2001 and served on the membership subgroup for two years. 

In private career practice, Sue worked with individuals experiencing organizational change and career transition, and as a supervisor of frontline practitioners across a number of helping professions. Her contract work also included assisting employees of Careers New Zealand to develop and deliver the National Diploma in Career Practice, and numerous workshops for organizations either wanting to develop staff or implement change programmes. Sue is involved in Dress for Success, as a volunteer facilitator working with women who are having difficulty finding work.

Honorary Members

Lester Oakes (Awarded 2010)

Lester OakesLester completed his tenure as Chief Executive of Career Services in November 2010, a role he had held since July 1998. Lester has overseen a significant expansion of the service during his time, along with an increasing acceptance by government of its public good role. He is driven by the belief that the careers industry is a credible contributor to economic and social development. Much of Career Services expansion has been as a direct result of a long term approach to working alongside key government departments to demonstrate the links between career information and practice and the wider educational, employment, economic and social goals they are seeking to achieve.

Lester is also a strong advocate for, and model of work-life balance and values based organisational leadership. In 2006, he received the EEO Trust award for “walking the talk” in relation to work life balance for a senior leader. In addition Career Services was a category finalist in the JRA Best Places to Work Awards in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 Career Services won the IPANZ Gen-I Public Sector Excellence Award for Managerial Leadership.

Lester holds a Bachelors degree in Science, and a Masters degree with distinction in Education. He is the President of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG), which represents the interests of over 21,000 members in nearly 50 countries. In addition he is the deputy chair of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP) and recently served as a member of the board of the New Zealand Leadership Development Centre (LDC).

CDANZ recognised Lester's contribution to career development by awarding him Honorary Membership in 2010.