Before working in the Criminal Justice Sector, Lalia worked as personal assistant, translator and interpreter for industries ranging from engineering to commodities.

Lalia is an experienced freelance interpreter and translator with more than 25 years’ experience. She has worked for a variety of public services including the Metropolitan Police Service, UK Police Forces, Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Services, Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise, Immigration Services, and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Lalia has undertaken extensive voluntary work to help raise the profile of public service interpreters and improve their working conditions. She was instrumental in setting up the Society of Metropolitan Interpreters (SOMI), served on the Association of Police and Court Interpreters (APCI) committee, and was Chair of the National Union of Professional Interpreters and Translators (NUPIT); she has been a Director of the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) since April 2011 and is a member of its Professional Conduct Committee. She is a Chartered Linguist (interpreter and translator), having joined the then Institute of Linguists in 1992. More recently Lalia has been a specific language tutor at Middlesex University for the MA and BA courses.

Having previously served on the Committee of the Association of Police and Court Interpreters she knows how important it is to maintain and improve the work carried out by previous committees for the benefit of public service interpreters.