CIOL Representation: President & Vice-Presidents

Our President and Vice-Presidents are honorary officers of CIOL, nominated by Council and elected by the membership at the AGM. The President is a voting member of Council. The Vice-Presidents draw on their expertise and experience in various parts of the languages sector to act in an advisory capacity to Council and represent CIOL externally. They are entitled to attend meetings of Council as non-voting observers.

Member Role Bio
Dr Nicholas BOWEN



Hon FCIL

President

Dr Bowen retired in August 2012 as Principal Lecturer in International Business, Regent’s College (now Regent’s University London) and Director, BAIB Programme, European Business School London after 32 years of continuous employment. He has recently completed an official history of RUL. Nick was educated at Lancing College, L.S.E. (BSc Econ), Lehigh University (MA International Relations), Kent State University, and Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. He completed his Ph.D. in 1976 on economic and political relations between the UK, USA and Argentina in the 1930s-40s. Nick has been involved for over 30 years with the CIOL and was made an Honorary Fellow in 1991. He has been variously a Member of Council, Chairman of Council (1992-96), Member and Chairman of the Examinations (Review) Board, and Trustee-Director and Vice Chair of the Educational Trust. With his co-author, Alan Sitkin, he has written a university textbook - International Business: Challenges and Choice, (Oxford: Oxford University Press); the 2nd Edition was published in 2013.

Dr Martyn BOND



Hon FCIL

Vice-President

After studying French and German at Cambridge and subsequently researching German and British post-war broadcasting at Sussex and Hamburg universities, Martyn Bond joined the BBC in the 1960s, working in Bush House on overseas talks and features, in Broadcasting House on radio drama and schools broadcasting, and in Television Centre on Late Night Line Up before moving on to Schools and Higher Education TV. In 1970 he moved to teach West European Studies at the New University of Ulster, and from there was recruited in 1974 as Press Officer in the Council of Ministers of the then EEC. On leave of absence from this post, he was BBC correspondent in Berlin from 1979 to 1981 before returning to the Council Secretariat in Brussels for the rest of the decade. He then moved to London as Head of the European Parliament Office in the UK during the 1980s, retiring in 1999. He is now an Associate Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the European Business School, Regent’s University, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and Deputy Chairman of the London Press Club. He has written and edited numerous books on German and European Affairs, and is also a Founder Governor of the English College in Prague.

Prof Timothy CONNELL



MA BPhil PGCE FCIL

Vice-President

Professor Tim Connell has retired as Director of Language Studies at City University and is now Professor Emeritus. He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool, City and London universities, and has also studied in Spain and Mexico. His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters, where he works closely with the Chartered Institute of Linguists (of which he is a Fellow). International education is another area of key concern; he is deputy chair of the international course board for the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, which also covers London, Berlin, Madrid and Turin. His main language is Spanish (for professional and family reasons) and he has had links with Latin America for many years. He writes and broadcasts regularly on a wide range of themes relating to London, languages in the modern world and diverse cultural topics. He has developed close links in the Square Mile as a Freeman of the City of London. He is a liveryman of the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company, where he sits on the Court of Assistants. He is a Fellow of Gresham College and is Chair of the Gresham Society.

Mrs Ann CORSELLIS



OBE BA Hon FCIL

Vice-President

Between 1983 and 1990, Ann co-ordinated the Institute of Linguists’ project to pilot and develop a model for the provision of public services across language and culture and, in particular, the selection, training and assessment of PSIs. This included examinations that became the DPSI and the CBS. Between 1991 and 1996 she acted as Principal Consultant to the Nuffield Interpreter Project which was set up to promote the wider adoption of the Institute's model. She is now a freelance consultant. Ann was the founder chairman of the Institute’s Interpreting Division, the Members’ Committee and the NRPSI. She was the coordinator of the Institute of Linguists’ led first EU project, to seek equivalencies in legal interpreting and translation in Member States, and has been the UK participant in eight subsequent related EU projects. She served on Council as a member for some years and was also a Vice Chairman of Council. Her publications include Public Service Interpreting – the first steps (published by Palgrave Macmillan), Non-English Speakers and the English Legal System written while a Cropwood Fellow at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge and West Midlands Probation Service: Working Across Language and Culture.

Baroness Jean COUSSINS



Hon FCIL

Vice-President

Baroness Coussins was appointed as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords in 2007. She chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages and sits on the EU Select Committee sub-committee on External Affairs, which scrutinises EU policy on foreign affairs, defence and development issues. She is also vice chair of the APPG on the United Nations and takes an active interest in Latin America, human rights and corporate responsibility, as well as a range of issues connected with languages. She is President of the Peru Support Group and a Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. After studying modern languages (Spanish and French) at Newnham College, Cambridge, Jean worked for several national and international NGOs, an education authority and the Commission for Racial Equality, before becoming CEO of The Portman Group from 1996-2006. She currently works as an independent non-executive adviser on corporate responsibility to various companies.

Prof David CRYSTAL



OBE FCST FRSA Hon FCIL

Vice-President

David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has written or edited over 100 books and published numerous articles for scholarly, professional, and general readerships, in fields ranging from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare. His books include the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, Words, Words, Words and The Fight for English.

Mr Richard HARDIE



Hon FCIL

Vice-President

Richard Hardie read History and French at Lincoln College, Oxford and qualified as a chartered accountant. He also has a working knowledge of Italian and German. In 1977 he joined the UBS Group, a global financial services firm and one of the world's largest financial asset managers. He was Non-Executive Chair of UBS Ltd. from 2010-15 and is now a Senior Adviser to UBS AG UK. Richard gave the CIOL Threlford Lecture in September 2011, on "Business, Languages and the State". He also gave the opening address in February 2011 at the launch of Speak to the Future: The Campaign for Languages which he now chairs. He chaired the British Academy-funded "Born Global" project, an in-depth assessment of the appetite for language skills in the modern workplace, and of the implications for young people and for the economy of supply failing to meet demand. He is Deputy Chair of Heart of the City, a programme funded by the City Corporation under which large companies mentor smaller ones in the establishment of CSR programmes. He was named HRH The Prince of Wales' Business in the Community (BitC) Ambassador for London for 2007 and is the London lead on education for BitC. Richard co-led UBS's project to set up The Bridge Academy, Hackney, a school for 1,150 students aged 11–19 which specialises in Maths and Music and opened in 2007. He was Chair of The Learning Trust, Hackney's not-for-profit independent LEA, from 2007-12. Richard is on the Board of the London Symphony Orchestra, chairs the development campaign for Lincoln College, and is on the Circle of Patrons at INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau.

Dr John MITCHELL



CBE MA DPhil FCIL

Vice-President

John Mitchell joined the British Council after graduating from the University of Cambridge. Most of his career was spent abroad, with postings in Austria, Egypt, Japan, Yugoslavia, Bangladesh and Germany. He spent time in between postings working at home in London and Scotland and ended up as Assistant Director-General of the British Council. He retired in 1985 and published the book International Cultural Relations (Allen and Unwin) in 1986. In the earlier part of his career he was also a lecturer at the Universities of Vienna, Cairo and Tokyo. He took his doctorate at the University of Vienna. He spent a year on a visiting Fellowship at Wolfson College, Cambridge, 1972-73. Since retirement he has attended several international conferences, mainly on cultural subjects. Dr Mitchell is now a freelance translator from French and German, mainly in the field of art history. He has translated exhibition catalogues and monographs on artists and has also engaged in other subjects such as philosophy and history. Himself a poet, whose work has appeared in journals and anthologies under his middle name, Matthew Mitchell, he has translated verse too. He has also published short stories. He has been a member of Council in the Institute of Linguists since 1990. He was elected Chairman of Council 1996-1999 and President 2002-2005. Before that he was Chairman of the Institute’s Members' Committee and of its Translating Division.