New board members appointed by NRCPD

24 February 2014

We are pleased to announce that David Wolfenden, Gill Croft and Stuart Anderson have agreed to join the NRCPD Board on a co-opted basis. In December 2013, we advised stakeholders that the board was looking to realign its membership, based on the principle of:

  • 1/3 consumers/users
  • 1/3 registrants
  • 1/3 general/regulators

Previously, the NRCPD board included those who brought the user perspective, and those with experience of regulation. These interim appointments will help us to consider the next steps towards statutory regulation, which will include reviewing the Board's governance process and its relationship with Signature.

NRCPD chair, Huw Vaughan Thomas welcomed the appointments. He said, "I'm delighted to confirm the appointment of 3 new co-opted board members. They bring unique expertise and insight which will be valuable for NRCPD in the months ahead. We have responded to feedback from our registrants who have called for a more balanced board. These appointments together with enhanced consultation with our wider stakeholders will help NRCPD develop firm proposals for its future course as a regulator, following which a more formal appointment process will take place."

About our new board members

David Wolfenden

David is a registered BSL/English interpreter with almost 25 years experience in the field. He is a mentor, trainer, assessor and supervisor of interpreters. David also speaks regularly on behalf of the profession at national and international events. In addition, he has significant professional governance experience.

He is currently Chair of the Board of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI). In this role, he represents communication professionals across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. David has been a NRCPD professional standards advisor.

David responded to his appointment by saying, "NRCPD is moving into a new phase in pursuit of official regulator status, and I am proud to be a part of it. As a registrant, I am looking forward to assisting the board through the next stage in this important journey."

Gill Croft

Gill qualified as a court reporter with the British Institute of Verbatim Reporters (BIVR) in 1991. She has worked in civil and criminal courts, often in 'real-time'. She registered with NRCPD in 2005. Since 2008, she has concentrated exclusively on speech to text reporting (STTR) work, across the UK and beyond.

Gill chaired the Association of Verbatim Speech to Text Reporters (AVSTTR) between 2011 and 2013. She also studied law, and currently combines part-time STTR work (remote and on site) with her latest role as a foster carer.

Stuart Anderson

Stuart is director of Signamic. Their London centre specialises in BSL, English, sign language interpreting and translation. Stuart launched Signamic in November 2008. Just 2 years later, it won Signature's UK Centre of the Year award.

In partnership with Signature, Stuart played a key role in developing the first professional Level 6 qualification for sign language translators. He gained the qualification himself, becoming the first sign language translator to register with NRCPD and gain RSLT status.

Stuart is a qualified teacher, examiner, assessor, internal verifier and external verifier for Signature. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice. In 2010 he won the Signature Regional Teacher of the Year award for London. This was the same year as Signamic's national award.

In July 2011 he was elected as European representative with the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI). He is also one of the representatives for ASLI's Deaf Interpreters Network and recently became a freelance consultant and adviser to Signature.

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