Co-Opted Council Member
Isabella is Co-Director of Comtec Translations , which Isabella originally founded in 1986, sold in 20002 and re-acquired with daughter, Sophie Howe, in 2007,a leading company providing technical translation and multilingual documentation services to exporters in the manufacturing, creative, e-learning and computer software industries with healthy business growth achieved through the development of a customer-focused company committed to quality and continuous improvement. Other focus and interest has been the interface between business activity and public policy in relation to language skills and women’s enterprise. From 2002 to 2004 first female President of the British Chambers of Commerce and Vice-President of Eurochambres, the association of European Chambers of Commerce, Chairman of the Confederation of West Midlands Chambers of Commerce and from 2004 to 2008 CEO of CILT, the National Centre for Languages. In these roles Isabella initiated research on the effect of language skills on the performance of SMEs across EU member states and was member of a High Level Group on Multilingualism, which made recommendations to the European Commission on EU wide policies. Isabella holds Honorary Doctorates from Sheffield Hallam University and Aston University for services to industry and languages and honorary Fellowships from the Chartered Institute of Linguists and Institute of Translation and Interpreting. Isabella’s involvement in the area of women’s enterprise has been as Chair of the National Women’s Enterprise Panel, President of the Eurochambres Women’s Network. She is currently undertaking doctoral research at Aston University in the field of entrepreneurship for women of 50+.