Interpreting Division

Forthcoming events are currently being planned and will be publicised here soon.

ID runs a variety of professional development events, benefitting CIOL members and non-members alike. Click an event to see its original listing and, if applicable, event reports and downloadable materials:

ID represents interpreters working or with an interest in many different interpreting sectors, including conference, public service and business interpreting, using liaison, simultaneous and consecutive interpreting modes.

ID has an impressive track record of special interest events, CPD activities and networking opportunities.

Interpreter's Pack

The Interpreter's Pack, produced by experienced interpreters among from our division for the benefit of members, is a valuable go-to document for all interpreters, especially entrants to the profession. It includes a handy checklist for negotiating assignments, a specimen contract and model terms of business, as well as information to send your clients about how they should go about selecting a qualified interpreter. Members (Career Affiliate and higher) can log in to access the pack on this page.


Our e-group InterpNet, as the name implies, is a network of interpreters, working in a variety of languages and offering different types of interpreting. Members are willing to support and cooperate with other members on the list (all members of professional associations), in terms of work and linguistic assistance.

Our e-group's aim is not to procure additional work for members (although cooperation can lead to this) but to facilitate closer working relationships between people working in similar fields. It is the pro-active approach which is most likely to lead to the benefits envisaged and the greater the cooperation, the easier that becomes.

Social media

We are also present on Facebook. You can start following our profile for updates on events and interesting articles related to interpreting by liking our page.

Role Bio
Mrs mmm POCOCK


Chair & events

After a career in the import/export sector in both England and Germany, Christine Pocock went on to set up her own multi-faceted language service for business, specialising in the German market. Christine joined the Institute as a full member in 1993, having affirmed her German language skills through both the IoLET ELIC and DipTrans examinations, and became a Fellow in 1998. She has contributed widely to the Translating & Interpreting Division management committees (Chair of the Interpreting Division since 2000) and has been directly involved in developing the TransNet and InterpNet language support networks, as well as a wide variety of divisional CPD seminars and workshops. Christine also served on the Editorial Board from 2001-2012 and in 2011 played a leading role in developing the first joint CIOL/ITI online rates survey. Since being elected to Council in 2008, she has sat on a variety of its committees and was elected as Vice-Chair in 2012.


Solicitor (non-practising) BA LLB FITI DPSI FCIL CL

Constitution/CIOL compliance monitoring

Sue Leschen is a lawyer-linguist based in Manchester, UK. She is the Director of Avocate a niche market legal and commercial French language services company. She is also an independent trainer of language professionals (legal terminology and professional interest subjects such as confidentiality and negotiating terms and conditions) and one to one business mentor for just about everything you need to know and do to set up and run a successful freelance business. Sue is a member of the Professional Conduct Committees of: Institute of Translation and Interpreting; National Register of Public Service Interpreters; Regulatory Body for Sign Language Interpreters and Translators; National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deaf-Blind people. She is also a committee member of: Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) – Council; CIOL Interpreting Division Committee (co-opted); CIOL Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is an ordinary member of the Association of Police and Court Interpreters. Sue supports the need for properly qualified, experienced, security vetted and insured professional interpreters and translators. First and foremost Sue is an "interpreters’ interpreter".

Mr mmm WELLS


e-publicity & InterpNet support

Michael Wells is a freelance translator-interpreter and language trainer, working mainly with English and French. A native of Wimbledon, he studied at the University of Bristol and the Sorbonne in Paris. He spent 15 years in Paris as a translator-interpreter in international public affairs. In the early 1990s he moved into translation and localisation for a large technical documentation company, following at first-hand the development of CAT tools and machine translation. After an interlude in Lithuania and Russia, he moved to Brussels in 2000 to work as a translator, then administrator in international relations, for the European Union. He returned to London in 2006.

Mrs mmm BLAND


General Committee support None provided
Ms mmm GRAU


Hon. Secretary & events None provided


Hon. Treasurer & InterpNet Coordinator

Diana Singureanu is a Lecturer in Interpreting Studies at London Metropolitan University and she is also working in the private market as a Conference Interpreter (Romanian A, English B and French C) and as a translator. She holds a Masters in Translation Studies and a second Masters in Conference Interpreting from London Metropolitan University. As a researcher, Diana is interested in the impact of emotional intelligence on interpreters’ performance and its implication for end-users. Diana is a Chartered Linguist for Romanian. She joined the management committee of CIOL's Interpreting Division in the summer of 2014.



InterpNet Coordinator None provided
Ms mmm Tloczek


InterpNet Moderator

Joanna is a Chartered Linguist working with English and Polish.
She studied law in Poland and England and spent 20 years working in three legal systems: English, Polish and Canadian. She held various bilingual legal roles, focusing on civil and commercial law and litigation, before becoming a full-time translator and interpreter. Drawing on her extensive experience, Joanna now specialises in law, business and the public sector translation and interpreting. Her personal interests include a healthy lifestyle, organic produce and the environmental impact of food production, which have quickly become part of her professional portfolio and now she is also a specialist in agribusiness translation. She is a Registered Public Service Interpreter and ISO Qualified Translator. Joanna joined the ID Steering Group in October 2019.

If you are interested in joining the Committee, we should be delighted to hear from you. Simply fill in our Online Eligibility Check form and a member of the committee will contact you for a no obligation discussion.

What's involved?

The ID Management Committee currently holds four committee meetings a year, of which three are held on a Saturday after each of our CPD membership events, usually held at the Novotel London City South at Southwark Bridge. The fourth meeting is a dedicated event planning meeting held in August, usually at CIOL's office in Central London.

A typical meeting agenda would include an:

  • update on the division’s finances
  • analysis of feedback on the CPD event of the day
  • planning status of forthcoming CPD events
  • review of InterpNet (our dedicated e-group), the ID Facebook page and other social media platforms
  • discussion or consultation in respect of any matters raised by the CIOL membership team

In addition the Committee might:

  • from time to time survey ID members to ensure that its activities and support continues to meet with members’ professional development needs
  • respond to member queries raised via InterpNet, the ID Facebook page, direct email or forwarded to the committee by the CIOL membership team
  • refer members to appropriate staff in respect of enquiries which would best be dealt with by the CIOL membership team
  • provide good practice guidance as and when required
  • act as a source of specialist advice to support the CIOL membership team, Senior Management Team and Council

The Interpreting Division AGM was held on Saturday 8 June 2019.

Read the full Chair's Report here.