Senior Management Team


Chief Executive, CIOL and IoLET

Ann joined CIOL in 2013, initially to oversee delivery of IoLET's language qualifications, and became Chief Executive in 2014, overseeing all aspects of the organisation. Ann brings extensive senior leadership experience in government, education and the public sector. She was responsible for establishing the Metropolitan Police Service's first language development and accreditation strategy and spent several years as Director of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's worldwide language development programme for Diplomats and civil servants. Passionate about languages and their vital role in education and the economy, Ann understands the importance of ensuring professional recognition for CIOL members using languages in their daily work and of providing routes into the profession and to qualification at all levels.


Head of Membership, CIOL

Jane joined CIOL in March 2015 and is responsible for membership strategy. Working closely with the Applications Committee and Council, Jane's remit is to continue to grow CIOL membership and to ensure that the service and benefits it offers members are valued and meet the needs of today's professional linguist. Jane is an experienced membership development professional and has worked with professional institutes and membership organisations for over 20 years. She passionately believes in the benefits linguists can derive from being a member of CIOL - from the networking opportunities to professional recognition and development. Jane is a Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management and is also Chair of its Membership Committee.


Head of Qualifications, IoLET

Ela graduated in Russian at the University of Nottingham and worked as a Foreign Exchange dealer in the City of London before joining IoLET in 2001. She was appointed to develop robust examination management strategies covering all aspects of delivery, with a particular focus on candidate and centre experience prior to QCA accreditation in 2003. During her 14 years with the organisation, Ela has gained in-depth knowledge of IoLET’s qualifications and has played an integral role in the modernisation and change of the organisation. In February 2015 she became Head of Qualifications and is responsible for leading and managing the qualifications team and ensuring that all examinations are rigorously prepared and securely delivered to safeguard the quality and reputation of IoLET and its qualifications.

Mr Matthias Postel

Business Development Manager, IoLET

Matthias joined IoLET in 2014 in a newly created role to develop and expand its range of qualifications and examinations. Matthias's background is in private, specialised post-secondary education where he worked in senior management positions for SAE Institute and Britannia Row Productions Training. In these roles he managed growth through initiatives and collaborations – including long-term collaboration with Middlesex University – as well as developing new business. Specialist skills and qualifications for individuals working in specialist industries is the theme underpinning Matthias's work in education across different sectors and countries. Matthias is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Ms Deborah BUTLER


Communications and Marketing Manager, CIOL and IoLET

Debbie joined CIOL in 2014 after holding a number of marketing roles in the classical music, music education and not-for-profit sectors where she gained experience of communications, marketing and promotional strategies. She also has experience of brand development and representing organisations externally, both in the UK and internationally. In her role at the UK's chief music examining board, Debbie gained experience of promoting exams and working with examiners and educators. It was a keen interest in languages and other cultures that attracted Debbie to the communications role at CIOL. She works across both CIOL and IoLET, organising events and campaigns to raise the profile of the organisation through all communications channels.