Ann Carlisle to stand down as CEO of CIOL


CIOL and CIOL Qualifications are announcing that Ann Carlisle will be stepping down from her role as CEO this autumn.

Since Ann joined the organisation in 2013, CIOL (the Chartered Institute of Linguists) has become more modern, more progressive, more outward looking and more aware of its role within the languages profession. As CEO of the only Chartered membership body for language professionals, including translators and interpreters, the role has been an exciting but demanding one, and current circumstances are presenting many new challenges.

There is never a perfect time for a change of leadership, ‘ Ann said, ‘but I know that as we all emerge from the current pandemic, and the UK looks to position itself in a post-Brexit world, languages will play a more vital role than ever in creating the connections and relationships with partners around the world to build a strong economy and social infrastructure that will support what has always been one of CIOL’s core values – international understanding.’

We are saddened to see Ann leave, but understand her decision to stand down, which was a hard one to reach and has its origins not in the present but in personal health circumstances over the last few years. Although well, Ann has decided that stepping down from the role gives her the best possible chance of ongoing good health for the future.

Ann added: ‘As a Fellow, CIOL will continue to have my full support and I look forward to remaining engaged with the profession in every way I can, keeping in touch with the organisation as it progresses through the many projects and plans which are now underway’.

CIOL President Richard Hardie commented: ‘CIOL is enormously grateful to Ann for steering it through a time of huge change and many new challenges. Thanks to Ann its standards are as high as ever, and its claim to represent linguists everywhere has been greatly strengthened. We wish her a peaceful time ahead and a well-deserved rest.’

The process of recruiting a successor is now in the hands of CIOL Council and the IoL Educational Trust Board and will start shortly to ensure both continuity in business as usual as well as progression of development work with a transition taking place once that process is complete.