Business, Professions and Government Division

The diversity of the BPG Division is its strength as it welcomes all language practitioners working in industry, commerce, government and the professions (e.g. law, accountancy, engineering), irrespective of how they use their languages professionally.

Events are therefore diverse and determined by the needs of BPG members. In addition to face-to-face meet-ups, BPG offers members an interactive e-group, so you can stay in touch, discuss relevant issues and support your fellow linguists.

BPG members can join the e-group by contacting its co-ordinator.

Member Role Bio
Mrs Judith RIDGWAY



Judith Ridgway graduated in German from the University of Nottingham, with French as a subsidiary subject. Subsequent to graduation she studied Italian privately with an Institute member as her tutor, reaching a standard at which she was able to conduct evening classes. Judith’s interest was always in using her language skills in a practical setting, to communicate and ‘make things happen’. Her career in the world of industry has included an international machine tool distributor with links in France, Italy, Germany and the USA, and her major role has been in business development, principally in the aerospace industry, for an Austrian special steel manufacturer. She has a UK-wide customer base and visits Austria regularly for conferences and customer negotiations. Service to the Institute includes acting as Chair of the West Midlands Regional Society for some years, and she is currently Chair of the Business, Professions and Government Division. Judith has been a member of Council since 2003 and is Chair of the Applications Committee. She was elected to Fellowship in November 2010.

Miss Alison GARNE


Committee member None provided
Dr Luanyi Xiao


Committee member (co-opted) None provided
Dr Ivan HON


Committee member (co-opted)

Ivan Hon received his PhD from the University of Wales, MPhil and MA from the University of London, MA from Sophia University in Japan and BA from the University of Washington, USA. Ivan has had a strong interest in learning and languages since he was young. Besides English and Chinese, he also learnt Japanese, French and Korean. Ivan’s previous professional experiences include researching on the business and professional ethics at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, working in the financial management department of a Japanese electronics company and the loan department of a Japanese bank, as well as teaching commercial courses, English and Japanese at education institutes in Hong Kong. Ivan has been a CIOL member since 2010. He has been working as a freelance interpreter between English and Chinese for government agencies and public services in the London area since 2004. He also translates written English, Chinese and Japanese medical, legal and commercial materials for translation agencies in the UK. Ivan is the editor and translator of the Global China Institute as well as the language mentor and assessor of the Mary Ward Centre.



E-group Coordinator None provided
Dr Maria F ALLEN


Events Organiser None provided
Mr Maurice FARMER


Membership Secretary None provided
Mr Rodney MANTLE


Minutes Secretary

After studying German and French at Oxford and Glasgow universities, Rodney worked for the BBC (International Relations); taught and tested French, German, Spanish and EFL at secondary and tertiary levels in the UK, Germany, USA and China; and undertook translation and the editing of textbooks. In 1975, Rodney joined the then IOL as a full Member, becoming a Fellow in 1987. He was an active member of Council between 1983 and 2003 helping with the divisional restructuring; taking leading roles in the Industry & Commerce (forerunner of BPG) and Education Divisions; and chairing the then Applications and Membership Committee. In 2003, Rodney moved to China (first Dalian, Liaoning Province, then Shanghai); he started testing EFL, as well as teaching French, Spanish, Latin plus Presentation Skills and Business Studies. Since returning in 2013, Rodney has given numerous presentations to CIOL Divisions and Societies and in 2015 Rodney joined the BPG Management Committee. Rodney is now active in the United Nations Association (UNA) as the Chairman of the Twickenham and Richmond Branch. One highlight was a visit to the IMO (International Maritime Organisation), the only UN agency with its HQ in the UK, for a group from BPG division. Most recently Rodney was appointed Editor of the Magazine and Newsletter for UNA-UK’s London and South-East Region.

Mrs Beatrix METT



Beatrix is a practicing freelance translator; she owns and runs German Translation Services which was first registered in 2001, working in English into German. She has been a full Member since 1998 and a Chartered Linguist (Translator) since September 2016. In addition to her role on the Business, Professions and Government Division committee, Beatrix is also Treasurer for the Translating (TD) Division and has helped both divisions organise many interesting events and CPD activities. Beatrix says that CIOL is the place where she can share her passion for languages and politics.

The event at this central Birmingham location, a short walk from New Street Station, will focus mainly on the work of the many UN agencies and the OSCE in Vienna, with special reference to the linguistic challenges they face. Behind agencies with strange acronyms such as UNCITRAL and UNOOSA lie many fascinating stories. 

The speaker will be Rodney Mantle FCIL, Chairman of the Richmond & Twickenham branch of the United Nations Association. 

There will also be opportunities to discuss the new Membership Pathway with Head of Membership Jane Galbraith, and to network with members.

Members of the Birmingham UNA will also be present.

Refreshments will be available all day and a buffet lunch will be served.


Date: Saturday 18 February 2017
Venue: Birmingham

Viridor runs a £205 million energy recovery and recycling facility near Bicester, processing a wide variety of materials, including plastic, wood, metal and food waste. The site does not just save a massive amount of landfill: it generates power for 38,000 homes.

It is operated and controlled by computers which are connected by over 250km of cabling around the plant. During the group tour, you will see the 5000 tonne bunker and learn how the facility functions. If you are curious about what happens to household waste, this visit will be for you. If you are a translator working in the field of waste management, it will offer first-hand insight into the industry.

Access to Viridor can be by car (it is near the M40, and parking on site is easy) or by group taxi from Bicester Station.

Booking to open soon.

Date: Saturday 6 May 2017
Venue: Bicester

BPG has run 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:

London, Saturday 15 October 2016