Staff profile

Professor Tony Watts

Visiting Professor of Career Development


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


I am a self-employed international policy consultant on career guidance and career development, based in Cambridge, England. I am a Founding Fellow and Life President of the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling (sponsored by the Careers Research and Advisory Centre in Cambridge); Visiting Professor of Career Development at the University of Derby; and Visiting Professor at Canterbury Christ Church University.

I hold degrees in history (Cambridge) and in sociology (York), and honorary degrees from The Open University, the University of Derby, and Edinburgh Napier University; I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A joint-founder of CRAC, I was Director of NICEC from 1975 to 2001. 

I have published a large number of books and articles: books which I have written or edited include

I am a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling (which I founded and edited or co-edited from 1973 to 1999) and the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance; and a member of the advisory boards of several other national and international journals. 

I have lectured in over 60 countries, and have carried out a number of comparative studies of guidance systems around the world, as well as acting as consultant to several transnational action projects. I have also been a consultant to various international organisations including the Council of Europe, the European Commission, OECD, UNESCO and the World Bank.  From October 2001 to October 2002 I was a member of the OECD staff, working on a 14-country Career Guidance Policy Review; this has subsequently been extended through other bodies to cover 55 countries. My recent work has included a project for the European Training Foundation on career guidance in the Middle East, a review of Careers Services in New Zealand, and a review of Careers Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government. I am a consultant to the European Commission's European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, and a member of the Board of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy.

I was awarded an OBE in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours List for my services to education. My passions include my family, cricket, and early music.

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