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.

Role Bio
Mrs Judith RIDGWAY



Judith’s life with languages started at school, where she thoroughly enjoyed French which was then superseded by German. Judith graduated from the University of Nottingham in German with French subsidiary, and looking back, Judith realises that she always wanted to use her language skills to “make things happen” in the world of industry and commerce. After a period of time in other work which improved her language skills, Judith joined the UK subsidiary of an Austrian steel company, which was to become the most worthwhile and longest-serving role of her career in industry. Judith was involved from the start in steel and nickel alloy products which were produced specifically to customers’ requirements for applications ranging from power generation to medical equipment. Ultimately Judith became Business Development Manager for aerospace products and was involved not only in developing the customer base and turnover, including many visits to Austria with customers and presentations at sales conferences, but also in initially developing a range of appropriate steel grades for UK applications and securing approvals from the major UK aerospace companies, an essential requirement for suppliers into the industry. Judith joined CIOL in 1986 as a Member and was Chair for a time of the then West Midlands Regional Society. During that time she became active in the Industry and Commerce Division (subsequently re-named Business, Professions and Government) as Treasurer and is currently Chair of the Division. Judith was elected a Fellow in 2010. Judith has served on the Council of the CIOL for some years, and is currently Chair of the Applications Committee and a member of the Finance and Executive Committee. It is her hope to continue to serve the CIOL in some capacity as the world of languages changes and evolves.

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


Membership Secretary

James is an MCIL in French and also has Russian A-level, a Cambridge MA degree in Japanese and a working knowledge of German and Italian. From 1988 to 1993 he worked in the UK Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) on promoting UK exports to Japan. This included regular contacts with business. He did similar work (1993-1997) on secondment to the European Commission (Brussels) on behalf of all 15 EU Member States. He was involved in the initial meetings about setting up the Institute’s Regional Society there. He returned to London in 1997 and worked on UK bilateral trade relations with the Asia Pacific region and led for the DTI on the Economic Pillar of the ASEM (Asia Europe Meeting) regional dialogue. He transferred to the Department for Energy and Climate Change in 2010 and took early retirement from the civil service in March 2012. James was a member of Council from 2001 to 2009 and was re-elected to Council in March 2013 and again in March 2017. He has served on the committee of the Business, Professions & Government Division since summer 2002 and is a member of the London Society. Since August 2013 he has been Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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 gave a talk to CIOL members in Birmingham about linguists working at the UN in Vienna.

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 part of 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.

Date: Saturday 14 April 2018
Venue: Oxford


11:00am Coffee/Tea  
11:30am Guided tour of Lincoln College
12:30pm Lunch (two courses)
2:00pm Talk and question time 
3:30pm Tea/coffee and Chair's address about the BPG

The main event will be a lecture on Aesthetics and Politics by Dr. Alexis Radisoglou, Montgomery-DAAD Fellow in German Studies at Lincoln College.

The visit will also include lunch, refreshments and a tour of Lincoln College. The tour will be led by Rodney Mantle FCIL and a...

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