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NRPSI's Board

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

Rob Ellingham was, until his retirement in December 2022, one of the pre-eminent experts on interpreting and translation working within the UK police service. During his 36-year career with the Metropolitan Police, he advised both senior police officers and the National Police Chief Council lead for languages on policy decisions and best practice. He worked closely with the Contract Manager at Leicestershire Police to ensure the professionalism of interpreters and translators working with the police. And he worked alongside other government agencies as well as central government departments to extol the benefits of employing professional interpreters and translators. For the last nine years of his career with the Met, Rob worked as a senior leader managing self-employed interpreters and translators alongside global travel services. More recently, Rob has been actively involved in supporting Baroness Coussins and others in the House of Lords in their aim to professionalise public sector language services to better protect those at greatest risk in society from poor interpreting practice.

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