Our Staff

It’s a fact that an organisation’s strength is in its people and the trust that can be placed in them

All interpreters are appropriately qualified, hold the necessary insurance and have an up to date CRB check. We can assure you that they will behave professionally and ethically at all times.

Membership of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI) and/or registration with the National Register of Communication with Deaf People (NRCDP) is a pre-requisite.

In-house staff

Alison Kingdon - RSLI, Director

Hi, my name is Al, I have been interpreting for around 13 years. I took the interpreting course at Bristol, and came out as a baby interpreter with no experience what so ever. I got a job with the Surrey interpreting agency which helped me gain experience in all sorts of different situations. I then did more training to become qualified whilst I was there.

After a few years there, I moved to Devon with my family and worked as a freelance interpreter. Whilst working as a freelancer I met Helen and Carly and we talked about the possibility of working together to set up an agency, after lots of discussion and worry Deafinite Interpreters was born!

I still love interpreting just as much, as I get to meet different people every day. I work part time and spending rest of my time on our farm in north Devon.

Carly Renaud - RSLI, Director

Hi, my name is Carly, I have been interpreting for 10 years and I still love it as much as the day I started.

I went to Wolverhampton University to study interpreting, after graduating I worked at Nottingham Deaf Society as a trainee interpreter. I worked in a wide variety of settings with fantastic support that developed my skills immensely. I then moved to the Southwest and became a freelance interpreter. During that time I became a fully qualified interpreter and an ASLI mentor.

In October 2007 myself, Helen and Alison established Deafinite Interpreters with the aim to provide the Southwest with a simple but high quality service.

I now only work part time as I have two young children that keep me very busy the rest of the week!

Helen Caldwell - RSLI, Director

Hi my name is Helen, I have been interpreting for over 10 years, I started working as a communication support worker at my local college, supporting Deaf students on a variety of different courses from woodwork to ‘A’ levels! I really enjoyed working with students in an educational environment and loved using BSL in a professional manner, although I have been signing all of my life I had never had the chance to use my skills formally.

It was whilst I was working as a CSW that that I decided to formalise my skills and become an interpreter. I did the NVQ in interpreting and 2 years later became fully qualified.

I then became a freelance interpreter and met Carly and Al, a few years later in 2007 Deafinite Interpreters was established!

I am very lucky because I get to do a job that I love, every day is different I get to meet a wide range of people, I am also very lucky to be part of a great team.

In my spare time I love being with my family, socialising, running and dancing!!

Helen Ellis – Business Administrator

I have been with Deafinite Interpreters since 2008 and it's wonderful watching the company go from strength to strength. I love my job and every day I am faced with new challenges. Believe me, no two days are the same and it is never dull! I manage the office and make sure everything runs smoothly and everyone is happy, customers and staff alike. I am so fortunate to work with such a fantastic team and we all work very hard to maintain the quality service and amazing reputation we have grown over the years.
My introduction to the Deaf community was about 20 years ago when I took a job at Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education as a teaching assistant in the primary school. The rest is history. I have level 1 and 2 in British Sign Language and always try my very best to communicate with everyone I meet daily.
In my spare time, I love to cook and regularly take cakes to work for the staff.
My kids are all grown up now but,continue to keep me very busy! I really don't mind though as they’re the best.

Lulu Kemp RSLI

Hi my name is Lulu Cummings. I have been working as an interpreter since September 2008, which is when I joined Deafinite Interpreters. I did my interpreter training at the University of Bristol from 2005 to 2008. After a year in the field, I started the RNID NVQ Level 6 Interpreting course in Bath. Since 2010, I have been working as a fully qualified interpreter, MRSLI.

Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym and swimming. I used to swim competitively and was part of the Great Britain swimming squad for ten years. I represented Britain internationally from the age of 12. I competed in two Deaflympics, World championships, European Championships and many international friendly competitions. Being an international swimmer enabled me to meet a great number of people from around the globe, making friends for life, and it gave me the language skills to become an interpreter.

Siobhan Green RSLI

Hi my name is Siobhan Green. I started working at Deafinite in February 2010 as a JTI, Junior Trainee Interpreter. I previously worked as a Communication Support Worker at the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education from 2007 - 2010. Having had over a year of experience working in the field of interpreting I will be starting the NVQ 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting in September 2011 to become a fully qualified interpreter, MRSLI. When I am qualified I am interested in specialising in police and court interpreting.

I was born in South Africa and moved to England when I was 15, I miss the warm sunshine and sandy beaches but I am happy and settled here in Devon.

Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym to work off the large amounts of chocolate that I eat!

Anna Edmonds RSLI

Hi, My name is Anna Edmonds.

I've been working for Deafinite Interpreters since 2010 after finishing my degree at Bristol University in Deaf Studies BSc. I love supporting the community and meeting lots of new and lovely people. I especially like interpreting in medical settings and I have a passion for theatre work too.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading novels, playing netball and baking yummy cakes!

Jen Thompson RSLI

Jen Thompson

Hi, my name is Jen Thompson. I've been working at Deafinite since January 2014.

I started learning BSL after I graduated from university in 2009. I began working as a Projects Officer at the Deaf Cultural Centre in Birmingham and after a couple of years I relocated to Devon to become a Communication Support Worker. I then went on to complete the UCLAN Post Graduate Diploma in BSL/English Interpreting and became a qualified interpreter in 2015. I love working as an RSLI and enjoy meeting new people and using such an expressive language.

In my spare time I'm a keen painter and love doing anything arty! I also enjoy going shopping, catching up with friends/family
and watching a good film. Around the office I'm well known for my sweet tooth, so throw in some cake/chocolate/sweets and I'm happy!

Vanessa Larkin RSLI

My name is Vanessa Larkin but most people call me Ness. I recently joined Deafinite Interpreters in September 2013. I studied interpreting at Bristol university and qualified in 2004, and worked as a freelance interpreter in Somerset and London. I then went on to become a RSLI in 2009. I love my job as it is so diverse and random, I have interpreted in all sorts of domains from formal police interpreting to signing full BSL for Mr Tumble! There is deafinitly never a dull day.
When I'm not being an interpreter I am busy being a mum to my two lovely children, I also play the fiddle in a lively band and at the moment I am training for the London marathon 2013 which is keeping me busy!

Tom Mancini TSLI

Tom Mancini TSLI

Tom Mancini TSLI

Hi! I'm Tom. I've been working at Deafinite since December 2014.
I have some deaf family and growing up, I could sign a little (really only the basics and fingerspelling!). It wasn't until I was sixteen that I really took an interest in learning BSL, mostly to get closer to the Deaf members of my family.
I started my level one and immediately feel in love with the language. I completed my degree in BSL/Deaf Studies in June 2014 and luckily started working at Deafinite in December the same year.
In terms of hobbies, I'm pretty much the antithesis of everyone else in the office. Most of my hobbies involve staring at a screen! I'm a big film buff and can argue the merits and deficits of most films for hours on end!

Vicky Rance - Bookings Administrator

Hi, my name is Vicky and I work Part-Time as Bookings Administrator. I started at Deafinite in February 2013. My first experience of the Deaf community was whilst I was working as Manager of a Private Day Nursery. A local Deaf Family joined my nursery and I really loved learning some BSL skills. I am really looking forward to being able to build on these skills and will be shortly starting a Level 1 course.

I really enjoy the variety of my days here, I never know who is going to walk in the office or what the next phone call will be about.

Out of work I don't have much spare time as I have a lively 3 year old son, but I do enjoy craft activities, swimming, going to the beach and walking our dog Marley with my family.


Hi my name is Lucie and I’m working with Deafinite Interpreters in a freelance capacity helping with Public Relations, Marketing and Social Media.

I’ve been self-employed for a year and prior to this I was a journalist working for more than a decade in broadcast and newspapers.

I now work to help businesses promote themselves and their services through press, websites and via social media forums.

This is my first experience of working with BSL/English interpreters and I’m really enjoying the job – in particular the commitment and enthusiasm that Deafinite Interpreters shows towards helping the Deaf community to communicate.

Outside of work I have a husband and two small boys – which takes up most of my time. However, in my spare time I enjoy cooking and walking my dog around beautiful Devon.


Hello my name is Lynn Stewart-Taylor, I have been teaching British Sign Language to children and adults for over 18 years (wow I feel old!). I am originally from Jersey and my first job was as a Deaf role model, teaching BSL to Deaf children in a school. This was something that sparked my passion for teaching and I later moved to Bristol where I achieved a BSc in Deaf Studies.
As well as teaching BSL, I have been working freelance for over 8 years in a variety of roles in the Deaf Community. I have worked as a Researcher, Deaf advocate, Health Advisor and I am now really excited to be working with Deafinite as a freelance Deaf Community Advisor. In this role I will be out and about visiting Deaf clubs, individuals or organisations in the South West to get your feedback, provide awareness and information about Access to Work and using interpreters and to run workshops where necessary. Watch this space for more information about when I will be in your area; I’m looking forward to meeting some new faces!!
Work life is always busy but I like to ensure that I have spare time to do the things I love. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, photography, camping and I love travelling and learning about new countries and cultures.

Freelance Interpreters

Deafinite Interpreter’s comprehensive database of freelance interpreters complements our in-house provision. They are all members of the ASLI or registered NRCDP and work to the same high standards as our in-house team.

If you wish to request a particular freelance interpreter, please do this at the time of booking.

We are the preferred supplier for the following service providers

  • Devon County Council
  • NHS Devon
  • Exeter City Council
  • Royal Devon and Exeter - NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Devon Healthcare - NHS Foundation Trust
  • Torbay NHS - Care Trust
  • Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education
  • Living Options

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