T9000 interrupts its scheduled broadcasts on the topic of nonsense to bring you this breaking news. A glacial process of reform at Signature/NRCPD, which began a year and a half ago, would finally appear to be bearing some fruit. (I mention merely in passing that Signature has taken in an estimated £300,000 in registrant fees during that time.) Two new things are happening, either or both of which might be cause for concern if you still believe that NRCPD have any relevance to your work.
The first issue is that the governance of NRCPD, the board of trustees, is finally being refreshed: this was announced to registrants by e-mail last week. BD Consulting UK, a private firm, has been appointed to manage the recruitment process of four permanent “registrant trustees”, in the model of several other registers which have four professional members, four lay members and a Chair. This is good news, and what we all wanted. Isn’t it?
The second is that following a good deal of pressure (not to mention about 30 years of academic literature about interpreter “role” and deontological ethics) a revised Code of Conduct has been published in draft form, together with a draft revision of the complaints process. “Consultation” on the drafts has been requested, in the form of two more Surveys Monkey which ask the questions NRCPD wants answered. But this “consultation” fails to meet one of the most fundamental requirements of a consultation: hardly anyone knows it is happening. It has not been announced to registrants by e-mail; it has not been published on any form of social media that I can locate; it was not highlighted in an NRCPD newsletter because NRCPD does not produce a newsletter; it was simply dumped on their website without fanfare, a website which incidentally has no means of keeping in touch with its audience such as an e-mail subscription list or an RSS feed to name just two popular internet technologies which have existed for over 15 years.
Let’s take a closer look at both of these developments. [Read more…]