Robin Bonthrone

Candidate for Director

I very much appreciate this opportunity to continue serving on ATA’s Board of Directors, which I joined in 2021. Since then, I’ve had the privilege to collaborate with an outstanding group of hardworking colleagues. Serving as a Board member gives you the chance to be involved in shaping future short- and long-term policy, and this is surely one of the most rewarding aspects of being an ATA director. I very much look forward to continuing this work if you re-elect me.

My first contact with ATA was in 1997, when I attended the Annual Conference in San Francisco. I gave my first ATA conference presentation (on the language of German accounting) at the 1999 conference in St. Louis. Since then, I’ve presented 11 regular sessions and 10 pre-conference/Advanced Skills and Training Day seminars.

I joined ATA in 2004, and have played an increasingly active role in the Association since I moved to the U.S. five years ago. It’s particularly rewarding to serve as a member of the Professional Development Committee, and I’m extremely proud to be part of the team that has been responsible for making ATA a global leader in online continuing education for translators and interpreters. Our vastly expanded offering of webinars and workshops is supporting ATA members and nonmembers alike across all stages of their professional journey—from new entrants to the profession down to the most experienced translators and interpreters. And I’m leading the team responsible for our next project, which promises to be our most exciting and ambitious online offering to date—I hope that details will be announced at this year’s conference!

I’m proud to have served as chair of the Ethics Committee since October 2021, and have been actively steering the final phases of a multi-year project to revise and update ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice and related documents. The project is completed, and you will be able to read the amended code (now with a new title) and accompanying commentary at the latest when you next renew your ATA membership. Many thanks to the past and current members of the Ethics Committee for their hard work and dedication.

I also serve on ATA’s Finance and Audit Committee, where my knowledge of accounting as a specialized financial translator is invaluable, and on the Honors and Awards Committee, where this year I’m heading the team responsible for ATA’s Innovation Award. In the past, I also served on the Business Practices Education and Standards Committees.

I’m currently serving my second term as president of the Austin Area Translators and Interpreters Association (AATIA), an ATA affiliate, which has given me frontline knowledge of nonprofit governance and valuable experience in steering AATIA through the challenges imposed by the pandemic. I also attended a very instructive training webinar for nonprofit directors last year.

I’m asking for your vote so I can continue shaping the future of ATA in this challenging and fast-changing world, working with fellow Board members to safeguard and advance the interests of all our members.