Progressing your Professional Interpreting Career

Opportunities, possibilities and advice from experienced professional Interpreters.

This event will be more relaxed, starting with four 15-minute presentations from experienced professional interpreters. As can be seen from the programme, their career pathways have progressed in very different ways. This first session will also include a one hour Q&A session, which will address questions sent in advance of the meeting (please do send them to, as well as questions from the floor.

Our regular 3-course networking lunch has been extended to allow more discussion with colleagues and for the panel and other committee members to be available for additional advice or just a chat.

Our final interactive post-lunch discussion panel, including any further Q&As, will be led by Teresa Grau, a well-known committee member and experienced professional interpreter. The Interpreting Division very much hopes that our day together will send you home inspired and ready to consider new opportunities, strategies and recommendations that may come your way as you move forward in your career.


10:30-11:00 Registration, coffee and welcome

11:00-13:00 Introductory video from Head of Membership,

followed by 15 min. presentations from:

Sue Leschen: “from Law to Language”
Sue started life as a solicitor but had a midlife career change, becoming a lawyer- linguist specialising in legal and business French interpreting and translation

Vasiliki Prestidge: “from PSI to Embassy Interpreting”
Vasiliki started out as a Public Service Interpreter working mainly in healthcare and social services. She now specialises in cross-border legal cases

Diana Singureanu: “from Practising Interpreter to Researcher”
Diana is a practi-searcher. After a decade of translation and interpreting work, her career has taken an academic turn

Michael Wells: “from London to Paris and Brussels and back again”
Michael Wells is a freelance translator-interpreter and language trainer, working mainly with English and French

13:00-14:30 Seasonal buffet lunch and networking with colleagues

14:30-15:15 Mª Teresa Grau: “Final discussion panel including further Q&As and summary"

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November 30th, 2019 10:30 AM   to   3:15 PM
Hotel Novotel London City South
53-61 Southwark Bridge Road
London, SE1 9HH
United Kingdom
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