Who are we?

The APCI Directors

Alan Thompson, Chairman 

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Alan has been working as a Public Service Interpreter in Spanish for almost 30 years, after a career in education. He combines interpreting with translation, specialising in law, accounting and finance and economics. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. He held the post of Membership Secretary in 1991 and was responsible for editing the Membership Directory between 1991 and 2011. 

In recent years he has travelled extensively across Europe, representing the Association at EULITA and FIT events. He has managed the call centre project, APCI Response, since its launch in 2008, and organised the APCI international conference 'The Challenges to Professional Translation and Interpreting in the Justice Sector' which took place at Canary Wharf, London in April 2013.

He shares the concerns expressed by many members about the deprofessionalisation of CJS interpreting as a result of the Ministry of Justice Framework Agreement. He says, "There must be no lowering of standards in our profession. Court interpreting is a demanding, highly-skilled and specialised activity. The interests of justice require that any interpreter who goes into a Court should be qualified, experienced, registered and vetted. We cannot go back to the bad old days when anybody who could speak a bit of a foreign language could claim to be an interpreter."

Alan was Secretary of the Association between 2006 and 2014 before being elected Chairman in October 2014 and re-elected in October 2016.

If you wish to contact Alan, his mobile phone number is 07703 358 505. 

Tatiana Lit 

T_Lit_Tatiana.jpg Tatiana has already made a considerable difference in the relatively short time she has been a member of APCI. She was appointed a Director at the 2016 AGM and since then has been involved in running the new Birthday Card Project, under which members receive a personalised electronic greeting on their birthday. She is also responsible for sending out our Christmas cards.

Tatiana was born in Hlohovec, Slovakia, and has lived in the UK since 2009. In addition to translation and interpreting, she acts as an interlocutor for the IoLET DPSI examination. She is one of two APCI Directors to have qualified through London Metropolitan University.


Adriana Bianca Bere 

Bere.jpg Adriana is a native Romanian who obtained her first interpreting qualification in 1996. This was a pioneering certification introduced to Romanian by her high school in the city of Cluj-Napoca where she attended intensive English lessons. Soon after she began to study it as a foreign language, English became a passion she wanted to invest as much time in as possible, and so her first summer job was to be an Assistant Manager for an American company in Romania.

She then completed a degree in Finance and Accounting. Her professional experience includes the Hotel Industry, working on reception, and the Communications Industry, where she worked as Director of a small communications and advertising company. Her passion for foreign languages stayed strong, though, so she moved to Rome where she lived for a few months to improve her Italian. 

They say all roads lead to Rome, but Adriana's soon led her to London, as she moved to the UK, where she obtained a further degree in IT and worked for seven years as a Client Relationship Manager using her newly acquired skills. To further her knowledge in Management, she is currently studying towards a qualification in Project Management. 

Nevertheless, Adriana's heart lay with foreign languages, and this love eventually found its expression in legal interpreting. She decided to turn her passion into a career, and obtained the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (Law), followed by the Diploma in Police Interpreting. She is currently planning to complete her Diploma in Translation (DipTrans) having successfully passed two of the three required units, one in Law and one in Business, which would be an acknowledgement of her translation skills.

Yvonne Malmi  

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