Ali Hetherington


Sign Language Interpreter



Work context/Areas of interest and specialism:

  • I qualified as a sign language interpreter in 1999 and work as a freelance practitioner, primarily in forensic mental health services and in the community.
  • I am a qualified professional supervisor offering supervision remotely and face to face to both individuals and groups.
  • I co-created a Diploma in Supervision initially for sign language interpreters, however, we now welcome applications from allied professionals
  • I provide professional supervision to sign and spoken language interpreters and allied professionals such as lip speakers, teaching assistants, support workers and SALTs.


  • Qualified as BSL/English Interpreter in 1999
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision, Manchester University 2009
  • TA 101 (Introduction to Transactional Analysis) 2016
  • Foundation in Group work Institute of Group Analysis 2018
  • Course Director and Tutor: 360 Diploma in Supervision

I engage in regular ongoing professional development to enhance and deepen my supervisory practice. I a member of a supervision group for my interpreting practice and individual supervision for my supervisory practice.

Description of supervision service:


Speech and language therapists ✅
Allied health professionals ✅
NHS workers ✅
Independent practitioners ✅
Social service employees ✅
Education staff ✅
Voluntary sector workers ✅
Newly qualified practitioners ✅
Cross-specialism ✅
Cross-profession ✅


Individual ✅
Paired ✅
Group ✅
Team ✅
Managerial Supervision
Professional Supervision ✅
Supervision of supervision ✅


— supervisor’s base ✅
— supervisee’s base
— neutral location
Video teleconference: ✅

Description of supervision approach:

I am passionate about the value of professional supervision and have experienced first-hand how supervision can both enhance our practice and improve the quality of our professional (and personal) relationships. I believe that a trusting relationship is at the heart of supervision and I am committed to creating a safe space where you feel valued and supported to explore issues, dilemmas and decisions made in the course of your working day. My approach is warm, non-judgemental and thoughtful and I will listen to you with curiosity and compassion while you explore your practice and make sense of feelings and experiences that may arise in your work.

The first step is to contact me to arrange a time for us to have an initial discussion, where we can discuss what you would like from supervision, what I can offer and how we might work together in a way that is of most benefit to you. This is an opportunity to find out more about supervision, ask any questions you may have and see if I am the right supervisor for you. I provide face to face individual and group supervision in south Manchester and also offer supervision remotely.

Contact details:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07961175691


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