London and South East Network

Date & Time: Friday 19 November 2021, 2:15 pm

Join the London and South East Networking group for a guided walk through unfamiliar parts of Hampstead Heath.

We will discover the secluded Vale of Health, and we will walk through the Pergola and the Hill Garden, which were originally part of a millionaire’s mansion.The walk will take approx 1.5 hours and is hilly in parts but participants will be able to take a shorter route back to the restaurant if they wish. This is a great opportunity to meet members in person, enjoy some fresh air and to network afterwards in a nearby restaurant.

The walk will led by CIOL member Gill...

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The London/SE network is being relaunched in 2021 after a break.   

The network aims to support members who live and work in the region and to provide opportunities for informal networking.  We plan to organise social events such as visits to museums and other places of interest, walks, meals, etc.

When the Network operated previously, events included visits to special exhibitions at the British Museum and the V & A, and guided tours of the BBC, Syon House and Leighton House.  Each event included a networking lunch at a nearby restaurant. 

We have formed a new committee to plan events, which meets informally. 

Look out for details of future events on the network’s Facebook page, on the CIOL website and in CIOL’s monthly update.

Role Bio


Committee member

After completing her degree in French and German, Gill worked at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York and in Ivory Coast. After returning to the UK, her roles included providing research and support services to Members of the European Parliament, managing the European unit of a government relations consultancy, marketing international trade fairs and editing a business magazine.
From 1991 Gill worked for a government relations consultancy that specialised in recycling policy. Initially, she did research and translations, but her role gradually expanded to consultancy. Since 2017 Gill has worked freelance, continuing her consultancy work. She also gained the CELTA qualification to teach English as a foreign language and she teaches in London as a volunteer.



Committee member

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. From 2013-18 he was Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.



Committee member

Keith and worked in international and corporate affairs in the energy industry for 20 years, and is currently using his French, German and Portuguese in his work as a freelance translator alongside various voluntary activities. He was Chair of Council of the Institute from 2012 to 2016, and is a trustee of its qualifications board, CIOLQ, and is also a member of the Institute’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Keith studied French and German at Salford University and did Russian studies at the University of Westminster. He has a DipTrans in Porutuguese. Keith’s partner is Brazilian and he has been a frequent visitor to Brazil over the last 30 years. As light relief Keith has been studying Classical Greek for the last five years at City Lit, the largest adult education institute in Europe, where he was also a governor for eight years

If you are interested in supporting the London and South East Network and in helping to plan events, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Simply fill in the CIOL Online Eligibility Check and a member of the committee will contact you to discuss further.