Katharine Barnwell, Ph.D.

Senior Translation Consultant


  • Ph.D., Linguistics, School of Oriental and African Studies and University College, University of London, 1970
  • M.A. (Honours), English Language and Literature, University of St. Andrews, UK, 1960

Current positions

  • Advisor to the Senior Vice President, The Seed Company (TSC), 2013–
  • Certified Senior Translation Consultant, SIL International, 2012–
  • Field Coordinator, The Seed Company–Nigeria and Madagascar, TSC, 2005–

Other professional experience and service

  • Director of Training and Consulting, The Seed Company (TSC), 2000–2012 
  • SIL International Translation Consultant, 1975–2011
  • SIL International Translation Coordinator, 1989–1999
  • Instructor in grammar, semantics, translation and exegesis courses, British SIL, 1964–1990
  • Translation Coordinator, SIL Africa Area, 1981–1989
  • Trainer of Nigerian translators and consultants, Nigeria Bible Translation Trust (NBTT), 1976–1988
  • SIL Translation Consultant, Nigeria, 1973–1988
  • Field linguist/Translation facilitator, Mbembe language project, Nigeria, 1964–1973 and intermittently until 1985
  • SIL Coordinator of Translation Programs, Nigeria, 1973–1976

Professional memberships

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • West Africa Linguistic Society

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • Mbembe: ILR 3
  • French: ILR 2+

Research interests

  • Training translators
  • Training consultants
  • Key biblical terms in the New Testament
  • Discourse analysis
Wycliffe Centre, Horsleys Green
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
HP14 3XL
United Kingdom