01 May 2023

Board Member role profile

 Find out about what is expected as an ITI Board Member.

Purpose of Role

To contribute to the Board of ITI to meet its responsibilities for setting the strategic vision and direction of ITI, in line with regulatory requirements and ITI’s objectives, through good governance and effective strategic planning.

Key Role Relationships        

To maintain good relationships with other Members of the Board, the Chief Executive, key members of ITI staff and with external advisers and stakeholders.

Core Tasks and Responsibilities


To provide leadership for the direction and control of ITI; to set its vision and values and ensure that obligations to stakeholders are understood and reflected in strategy and policies.


To provide leadership for the direction and control of ITI; to set its vision and values and ensure that obligations to stakeholders are understood and reflected in strategy and policies.


To set the short- and long-term objectives for ITI and to determine the strategic aims and outcomes required. To contribute to/initiate the review and evaluation of present and future opportunities, threats and risks in the external environment and current and future strengths, weaknesses and risks.

Performance of the Board
To contribute to ensuring that the Board’s business is conducted efficiently and effectively through a framework of delegation and systems of internal control. To contribute to the implementation of frameworks for effective financial control and identification and management of risk.
Focusing on organisational performance To contribute to overseeing organisational performance and continuous
improvement, ensuring ITI is managed efficiently and effectively. To scrutinise and review performance against agreed targets and budgets, also in respect of customer feedback and performance against comparable organisations.

ITI Board Member Competencies

Personal Qualities

You understand and demonstrate through your behaviour a positive attitude to the culture, values and objectives of ITI.

Applying SpecialisKnowledge

You demonstrate in-depth understanding of the translation and interpreting industry and when required to do so, can accumulate, and apply specialist industry knowledge for the development of ITI’s work and services to members.


You manage yourself effectively to meet personal and corporate objectives. This includes taking responsibility for preparing for and attending meetings of the Board and any of its committees to which you may be appointed and managing information effectively, so as to make a positive contribution to discussions of the Board and its committees and when working with Board Members.

Leading and Motivating

You are able to motivate yourself and others to achieve excellence on behalf of ITI and are able to provide clear and effective leadership to staff, supporting them to achieve corporate objectives and tasks. You know how to work collaboratively with others to achieve strategic aims and demonstrate the ability to make effective decisions.

Directing Strategy

You understand the operating environment for ITI and are aware of the “big picture” - the short, medium and long-term implications of decisions, the challenges of the external environment and can make recommendations on how ITI should be structured to achieve agreed objectives.

Analysing anScrutinising

You have the ability to analyse information, assimilating information in an accurate way and contextualising emerging issues which will have an impact on the objectives of ITI, its staff, members, volunteers and wider community. You have the ability to scrutinise information and understand how the information impacts on the framework and content of decisions.

Team Working You are available to work collaboratively towards a main goal. You demonstrate respect for others and enable them to contribute in a meaningful way. You set high standards for yourself and in a group setting, accepting responsibility for the overall performance of the group.
Decision Making You contribute effectively to discussions of the Board, challenging appropriately and showing due respect for the decision-making framework of ITI.
Networking You use your networking skills to promote and advance the objectives of ITI. You support systems currently in place to share information with others and contribute to the development of ITI’s networking opportunities and the personal and professional development of others.