Co-Director of language services provider COMTEC, Chair of the National Women's Enterprise Panel, President of the Eurochambres Women's Network

Co-Director of language services provider COMTEC, Chair of the National Women's Enterprise Panel, President of the Eurochambres Women's Network

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Isabella Moore CBE

Co-Director of language services provider COMTEC, which Isabella originally founded in 1986, sold in 2002 and re-acquired with her daughter, Sophie Howe, in 2007. Based in the West Midlands, COMTEC provides language services to the manufacturing, creative, e-learning and localization industries. Isabella’s other focus and interest has been the interface between business activity and public policy, particularly in relation to language skills and women’s enterprise. From 2002 to 2004 she was first female President of the British Chambers of Commerce and Vice-President of Eurochambres, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce, Chairman of the Confederation of West Midlands Chambers of Commerce and from 2004 to 2008 CEO of CILT, the National Centre for Languages. In these roles Isabella initiated research on women’s enterprise and the impact of language skills on SME performance across EU member states. She was member of a High-Level Group on Multilingualism, which made recommendations to the European Commission on EU wide language policies.


Isabella holds Honorary Doctorates from Sheffield Hallam University and Aston University for services to industry and languages and honorary Fellowships from the Chartered Institute of Linguists and Institute of Translation and Interpreting. Isabella’s involvement in women’s enterprise has been as Chair of the National Women's Enterprise Panel, President of the Eurochambres Women's Network. Isabella’s is currently completing doctoral research at Aston Business School on female entrepreneurship in later life, having already published an interim report of her findings. She was recently conferred a life-time achievement award by the UK Association of Translation Companies.

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