I am a native Italian, born in Florence and I qualified as an Italian Sign Language interpreter in 1992. I moved to England in 1994 and graduated with an MA in “British Sign Language/English Interpreting” in 1998 from the University of Durham.
My current work practice is as an interpreter in British, Italian Sign Language and International Sign, and also as an interpreter trainer.
Between 1999 and 2006 I served as a board member of the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (efsli), with the last four years as President. I have also sat on the National Executive of ASLI and ANIOS. After collaborating in the working group for the establishment of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI), I was elected as the WASLI Regional Representative for Europe, at the inaugural conference in South Africa 2005. My mandate ended in 2011.
I have been an External Examiner for the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Durham.
Since my first experience as sign language interpreter in the Italian Parliament for the Honorable Stefano Walter Bottini (MP) in 1992/3, I have worked at political party and trade unions conferences, and for organisations such as the United Nations and the European Parliament. More recently my work has taken me to several congress events for the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD).
Much of my current work is as an educational interpreter in both Further and Higher education and within office environments, meetings, workshops and training. I also have considerable experience within Media and Theatre providing in-vision interpretation for the television news and live interpretation for theatres such as The Marlowe Theatre (Canterbury), The Theatre Royal and The Dome (Brighton).
I have a particular expertise of working within the field of sexual health.