Chartered Institute
of Linguists

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.

Postnominals Role Bio
Mr Richard HARDIE



Richard Hardie read History and French at Lincoln College, Oxford, and spent a year as a British Council lycée assistant in Dijon. He also has a working knowledge of Italian and some German. Richard qualified as a chartered accountant and, in 1977, 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. He chairs the UBS UK Donor-Advised Foundation and the UBS UK Pension Scheme. 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 was named HRH The Prince of Wales' Business in the Community Ambassador for London for 2007. 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 is Vice-Chair of Governors. He was Chair of The Learning Trust, Hackney's not-for-profit independent LEA, from 2007–12. He is a Trustee of The Fair Education Alliance, a member-led organisation dedicated to exploring how to close the attainment gaps between less and more advantaged learners.
He is a Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford.

Baroness Jean COUSSINS



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



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.

Bernardette Holmes MBE



Bernardette is an acknowledged expert in languages education, working across the discipline and across sectors in areas including languages pedagogy, assessment and policy development, initial and continuing teacher education and standards setting. She is recognized as an innovative and inspiring linguist who throughout a long career in languages, as teacher, adviser, inspector, teacher trainer, researcher, curriculum and policy developer and author has made a major contribution to languages education in England. Since the inception of the national curriculum, Bernardette has played a central role in the development and implementation of languages policy at national level, and is a strong advocate of languages for all. Bernardette continues to work closely with the DfE on curriculum reform and assessment for modern languages. She was Subject Content Criteria writer for GCSE in modern and ancient languages and in Advanced Level for French, German and Spanish, and small cohort languages. She is currently developing the first GCSE in British Sign Language. Bernardette was a member of the Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review Advisory Group (2016) and a member of the review panel for GCSE Subject Content (2021). She has extensive experience of working internationally, and was a member of the standard setting working group for French in SurveyLang, the first European Survey on Language Competence, (2012) led by the European Commission. She was director of the first bilateral Graduate Teacher Programme working in partnership with the Institut français du Royaume Uni - Ambassade de France, the British Council, CILT and the Teacher Training Agency, and was a member of the expert panel of the Council of Europe (Profil de la politique linguistique éducative de la Vallée d’Aoste (2007) Bernardette was principal investigator for Born Global, a major policy research project for the British Academy, engaging key stakeholders from employment and education in a radical rethinking of languages education (2016). Her current research interests are transparent and reliable assessment of language proficiency, second language acquisition in multilingual instructed settings, interdisciplinary learning, and languages and employability. Bernardette was a member of the IoLET Trust Board from 2013 to 2022, and is proud to have been Chair during a period of transformation, overseeing the development of CIOLQ and the move to online assessment of our flagship qualifications. Bernardette has received a number of honours and awards in recognition of her significant contribution to languages. In 2015, she was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to languages education as a teacher and a modern languages advocate. In 2019, Bernardette was awarded an honorary doctorate of civil law by the University of East Anglia in recognition of her role in the development of national language policy. In 2022, Bernardette was made an Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques, one of the oldest and most prestigious civil honours bestowed by the French Republic, for her services to French Culture. Bernardette continues to work tirelessly to promote the value of languages and intercultural understanding.