The National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI Ltd) was established on 1st April 2011 as a registered company limited by guarantee focusing on public service interpreting.
Our work is governed by a Board, which sets policy, strategic direction and financial priorities for the organisation's work in public service interpreting. The NRPSI Board consists of seven Non-Executive Directors of whom four, including the chair, are lay members and three are registered interpreters. All seven Directors were selected through a competitive process by an independent appointments panel. The Directors duties are owed to the company only.
While it is important that within its membership the Board contains a range of skills and experience, including that of acting as a professional interpreter, and no Director represents or acts on behalf of any third party or interest in conducting the affairs of NRPSI. Procedures are in place that require a Director to make a declaration of actual or potential conflicts of interest on an issue and if necessary to be excluded from any decisions on that issue.
Board members at all times are responsible for promoting and maintaining the public's trust and confidence in the integrity of NRPSI, the interpreting profession and public service interpreters.
NRPSI Board Members
Banu Gokberk is a Turkish and English interpreter. An experienced and highly skilled language professional, she has worked as a public service interpreter since 2007. Passionate about professional standards, Banu believes that public service interpreters and translators must undergo training to obtain the skills required for their specialised role. For Banu, interpreting is not about knowing two or more languages, but understanding two or more languages – and that understanding comes through training, qualifications and experience. Banu possesses a Level 6 Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) in English Law as well as a Level 3 Community Interpreting qualification. She is proud to be registered with the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) and to appear on the online National Register. Throughout her career, she has advocated protection of title and believes that professional registration is key to this. A supporter of NRPSI’s commitment to maintaining and promoting public service interpreting professional standards, Banu felt it was a natural step for her to serve on the NRPSI board, which she joined in 2023.