Chartered Institute of Linguists appoints new Chief Executive

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The Chartered Institute of Linguists is pleased to announce the appointment of Alexandra Jones as Chief Executive, in succession to John Hammond. She will take up her appointment in January 2011.

Alexandra has enjoyed a highly successful career, most recently as Director of Corporate Services and Board Secretary at the Gaelic Board (Bòrd na Gàidhlig). Formerly Director of Strategic Planning and Evaluation Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat, she has also served as Chief Executive of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

With a first class degree in German from New College, Oxford, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and an MA in International Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, she is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (MCIL), qualified in German and Gaelic. Commenting on her appointment, Alexandra says: “I am very pleased and honoured to take up appointment as the new Chief Executive of the Institute. I look forward to helping consolidate and strengthen the Institute as it moves forward beyond its hundredth year.”

John Hammond leaves the post after five years as Chief Executive following on from three years as Chair of Council, during which he presided over the Institute’s successful application in 2005 for a Royal Charter. His period of office has culminated with the celebration in 2010 of the Institute’s centenary. John says, “I would like to thank members for giving me the opportunity of serving the Chartered Institute as Chief Executive over the past five years. I wish Council and Alexandra every success in promoting the enriching value of languages, in enhancing the standing of the professional linguist and in steering the Institute through its next stage of development”.

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