Translating Division

The main focus of the Committee's activities is member support and engagement through events. Nearly 80% of CIOL members are translators and the opportunity to network and undertake relevant and timely CPD is a valuable benefit of CIOL membership. TD events are also open to non-members; TD therefore plays a vital role in supporting the CIOL’s strategic aim to grow membership and to raise awareness of CIOL.

TD welcomes ideas and suggestions for topics from CIOL members. Please contact the Committee through the link on the right if you have a suggestion.

The TD Committee would like to thank the 407 members who responded to its Event Survey at the end of 2016. Here is a summary of the results which has helped the Committee to plan events for the 2017/18 membership year.



Date: Saturday 18 May 2019
Venue: London

More information coming soon.



Date: Saturday 21 September 2019
Venue: London

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Date: Friday 29 November 2019
Venue: London

More information coming soon.



Date: Saturday 9 May 2020
Venue: London

More information coming soon.



Date: Saturday 26 September 2020
Venue: London

More information coming soon.



Date: Friday 27 November 2020
Venue: London

More information coming soon.


TD runs 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:


TD is the largest of the three specialist divisions and welcomes all CIOL members who are practising or aspiring translators and those who have a professional interest in translation. Students interested in a career in translation and IoLET Affiliate members preparing for the Diploma in Translation are also welcome.

TD offers a variety of sector-specific events to help practitioners stay up-to-date plus events that cover subject areas based on relevance and on members' suggestions.

Take a look at the Events Survey results to see what kinds of events members would like TD to run, and therefore what the commitee will aim to organise.

Through TD, members can also contribute and benefit from the lively discussion on the TransNet forum in addition to drawing upon its useful repository of resources.

At all times TD works closely with CIOL's membership team and its other professional divisions, societies and networks, to support CIOL's strategic aims. 

Furthermore, TD is committed to upholding CIOL's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy and other policies such as data protection and brand guidelines in the course of its activities.

Follow TD on Twitter and Facebook.

The Division is run by an elected Committee made up of volunteers, who are all members of CIOL.

Election to the Committee is open to all Associates, Members and Fellows. Committee members are elected at the Division’s AGM, normally held in September, for a period of one year. Committee members may be re-appointed up to a maximum term of six years before a three-year break is required.

In addition, the Committee can co-opt up to three committee members, who may be from any category of membership of the Institute. Co-opted committee members will hold office until the next AGM and can be re-appointed until the following AGM, by Committee agreement. Co-opted Committee members, at the end of their term of office can, if eligible, stand for election at the next AGM

The Committee shall consist of at least five and not more than seven Divisional members. At the Committee's first meeting following the AGM, it will appoint a Chair and Treasurer (and Deputy Chair and Secretary if thought necessary) from the elected committee members.

Meet the current Committee:

Role Bio
Mrs Karine CHEVALIER-WATTS



MCIL CL

Chair and Treasurer

Karine trained as an English teacher in her native Aix-en-Provence but moved to Wiltshire in 1998 on marrying her English husband. She worked in various sectors including wine, landscape architecture and law before setting up “Karine’s Languages and Administrative Services” in 2011. She now runs a busy practice translating both from and into French, as well as teaching French. Karine has been an active member of CIOL since joining in 2015, subsequently gaining Chartered status in both translation and education in 2017.
Having previously worked for the British Armed Services in Wiltshire for 3 years as a French teacher, assessor and moderator, she has been appointed by IoLET General Language Moderator for the MoD and DPSI exams and French language assessor for the Foreign Office. Karine has been the Treasurer of the Translating Division since January 2017 and is delighted to have been elected Chair in October 2018.

Ms Eveleen NAROUZ



DipTrans ACIL

Committee member

Eveleen is an Arabic translator, interpreter and tutor. After passing her DipTrans exams in 2010, she decided to spend time to focus on her family. In 2015 she resumed teaching and got into interpreting, which she really enjoys. As part of Eveleen’s job she does mental health interpreting. At the moment she is doing a course in understanding mental health to help her with assignments and in the future she hopes to combine her language skills with mental health therapy.

Miss Pavla DOHNALOVA



MA DipTrans MCIL CL

Committee member

Pavla is an English to Czech translator, proofreader and tutor, who switched to translation after ten years of teaching history and Czech language and literature. Pavla now works primarily in the area of medical, pharmaceutical and social sciences translation and occasionally prepares students for translation examinations. Pavla believes that CIOL has been enormously helpful in building her linguistic career in the UK and through her association with the Translating Division, Pavla would like to offer the same support to all CIOL members. Pavla holds the Diploma in Translation and has been a member since 2012.

Mrs Rosario LAWRENCE



DipTrans MCIL CL

Committee member

Rosario is an experienced Spanish teacher, examiner, setter, translator and interpreter. She has held positions at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (as a tutor) and has undertaken freelance work. In her native Colombia Rosario taught English and German. She can also speak functional French and can get by in Portuguese. Rosario spent seven years working for the IoL Educational Trust, managing the Diploma in Translation. This experience gave Rosario additional managerial and linguistic skills, enhanced her motivation to promote language learning and deepened her commitment to the value of raising the awareness and appreciation of accurate translation. Her belief in communication is sharpened by her love of music. Rosario has been a member since 2009.

Mrs Beatrix METT



BA (Hons) MA FCIL CL

Committee member

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.

Mrs Natalia RACHEYSKOVA



MA MCIL CL

Committee member

Natalia is an experienced Russian and Ukrainian language translator, interpreter, editor and proofreader. She has an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Bristol and an MA in Romano-Germanic Philology from Kiev State University (Ukraine). She works as a Russian and Ukrainian language Public Service interpreter and translator for Stoke-on-Trent City Council and also for different translation agencies and clients. She has been a CIOL Member since 2014 and became a Chartered Linguist in 2018, and is currently a CIOL Mentor.

Committee member None provided
Mrs Vasiliki PRESTIDGE



BA MA MCIL CL

Committee member (co-opted)

Vasiliki started her career in 2011 when completing her MA in Business Translation and Interpreting at Surrey University. She has since held various roles including video game LQA testing, web editing, public service interpreting, and translation project management. She works with Greek and English and specialises in law, marketing and psychometrics. You will often find her interpreting at the Greek Embassy in London, and speaking at events. She writes articles for her blog or industry blogs and magazines. She teaches Greek for adults and she believes in CPD and holding the highest professional standards. She became a Chartered Linguist in December 2017 and joined the BPG Division Committee in September 2018, and the Translating Division Committee in October 2018. She manages the Division’s Twitter account.

Ms Jennifer RADFORD



BA, MA DPSI DipTrans MCIL

Committee member (co-opted)

Jenni is a freelance translator specialising in legal and business translations from Spanish into English. She has a professional background in the legal and international business sectors, and lived and worked in Spain for a number of years.
After returning to the UK, she changed career path in 2003 and worked as a bilingual legal secretary at an Anglo-Spanish law firm, which included in-house translation. She also obtained the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting in English law and worked as a freelance interpreter.
Subsequently, she worked for regional and international law firms, and Spanish and global multinationals.
In addition to the Diploma in Translation, she holds an MA in Translation Studies from Portsmouth University and has been working as a freelance translator since 2015. She maintains close professional and personal links with Spain, and returns there regularly. Having volunteered at previous Translating Division events, she joined the Committee as a co-opted member in October 2018.

If you are interested in joining the Committee or simply lending a hand at an event the Committee members would be delighted to hear from you. Simply send a message via the link on the right, with your name and contact details and a member of the current committee will get in touch for a no obligation discussion.

What's involved?

The TD Committee meets on average five times a year; meetings and are normally held on a weekday at CIOL's offices in Farringdon and are scheduled to last for two hours.  The Division normally runs, but is not restricted to, two key events a year (May and November) plus its Annual General Meeting in September.  Meetings are held to:

  • agree the annual events programme including training and CPD topics
  • proposing guest speakers and presenters
  • planning events

In addition the Committee may also:

  • survey TD members to ensure that its activities and support continues to meet with members professional and personal development needs
  • review event feedback forms and make suggestions for improving future events based on delegates comments and ratings
  • respond to TD member queries, raised via TransNet or the bespoke TD email account, which the Committee will also monitor
  • in conjunction with the CIOL's membership team, ensure the TD website page is up-to-date
  • act as moderator for the TransNet forum
  • act as a source of specialist advice to support the CIOL's membership team, senior management team and Council and provide good practice guidance as and when required
  • have a social media presence

The TD AGM was held on Saturday 22 September 2018.

Updates will follow in due course.


Chair's Report 2018