The National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI Ltd) was established on 1st April 2011 as a registered company limited by guarantee.
Our work is governed by a Board, which sets policy, strategic direction and financial priorities. 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, 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 both NRPSI and the interpreting profession.
NRPSI Board Members
Until March 2015, Nick Whitaker was a partner at BDO LLP, one of the UK’s leading accountancy and business advisory firms. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales (ICAEW), he has a background in corporate finance. During the course of his career he has provided expert counsel on corporate governance and finance to organisations in a wide range of sectors, both in the UK and internationally. Nick has been an advisor to various Government departments including the Department of Industry, Department of Transport, Cabinet Office, National Audit Office (NAO) and HM Treasury. His experience of working with Central Government is extensive and includes working on privatisations as well as being engaged by the NAO to evaluate the financial cost of Government using consultants. Nick has also been an expert witness in a variety of commercial disputes and professional negligence cases, and has High Court experience. He is a qualified mediator, working primarily on behalf of ICAEW. He has a number of regulatory and not-for-profit Board roles, including the Audit Committee of the Department for Communities and Local Government and Governor of Leeds Beckett University.