Our people

The CIEP’s operational team, based in Milton Keynes, oversees the day-to-day running of the Institute.

For contact details, click on a team member's picture.

CIEP Council: current directors of the Institute

The CIEP Council comprises up to 12 directors who, following their election, hold their posts for up to two years.

Honorary positions

David Crystal OBE

David Crystal OBE

Honorary president

David Crystal is one of the world's foremost experts on the subject of language and lectures to audiences throughout the world.

He is a prolific author with more than 100 books to his credit, including The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language. In 2009 he published a linguistic autobiography, Just a Phrase I'm Going Through. His most recent books include Words in Time and Place (2014), The Disappearing Dictionary (2015), and Making a Point: the Pernickety Story of English Punctuation (2015). He has also been a consultant on, contributor to or presenter of numerous radio and television programmes and series.

Honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Bangor, and former president of the Society of Indexers, David Crystal was elected honorary vice-president of the SfEP in September 2004 and then honorary president in January 2016.

Susie Dent

Susie Dent

Honorary vice-president

Susie Dent is a writer and broadcaster on language. She has made over 2,000 appearances as the resident word expert on C4's Countdown, and comments regularly on TV and radio on words in the news. She has contributed to discussions on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, 15 x 15, Word of Mouth, More or Less, Today, and on Radio 5 Live's Breakfast and Drive programmes, and has been a regular panellist on R4's Wordaholics. She also frequently hosts shows on Radio Oxford.She has made guest appearances on many TV programmes including BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, This Morning and The One Show.

Susie answers notes and queries about words and phrases each week for the Radio Times, and writes a weekly column for mentalfloss.com. She has written for the Independent on Sunday, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail, and is the author of several books, including TThe Language Report, Susie Dent's Word of the Year, What Made the Crocodile Cry?, Weird Words (for children) and How to Talk Like a Local. She is currently researching another book for John Murray. She contributed to the BBC's nationwide survey on local dialects, Voices, and has been a judge on the Costa Book Awards and on the Academy Excellence Awards. She is a past President of the Samuel Johnson Society.

Susie was elected honorary vice-president of the SfEP in January 2016.

External support

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

External financial adviser


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