Meet The Team: Shaun Hunsley, BSL Interpreter

Every month, we introduce you to one of our team. This month, meet Shaun Hunsley, one of our freelance British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters.

Tell us about the role you do for TLS

I have worked as a freelance British Sign Language Interpreter for TLS for around 20 years. I cover a wide variety of assignments ranging from Health settings including Mental Health, Social Services and Events.

What’s been your favourite project at TLS?

TLS used to be the provider of Interpreters for Pride in London. I used to be one of their Interpreters for the Main Stage. I don’t think it’s possible to have more fun in one day, so great memories.

What has been your biggest challenge?

I was attacked and left unconscious in the street with a broken nose, cheek bone and eye socket and fractured my jaw. I had an operation putting a metal plate permanently in my face and coming to terms with this, being a non-violent person, was a huge struggle.

If you didn’t do your current job, what would you like to do ?

If I was not an interpreter, I am sure I would have tried my hand at Interior Design. It has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I struggle to walk past a furniture store without going in and coming out with yet another thing for the flat, as my poor husband will attest to.

Tell us something interesting about you.

I was booked to interpret for a party that the late Queen of England was throwing in Buckingham Palace. It was an incredible evening. Then sadly I was part of the interpreting team booked for her funeral, it was an honour and a privilege to do both.

  1. If you could meet someone, living or dead, who would it be and why?

I would love to meet Meryl Streep; she is an incredible actress and so unbelievably versatile in the roles she takes, so  it would be great to talk about her career.

What are your ambitions for the next 12 months?

To have as much fun as possible. Life is too short!

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