Mary Sorene CRI Secretary
Secretary and Treasurer
I began my working life on 1st January 1962, as a junior shorthand typist, then moving up the career ladder to become a secretary all the while attending evening classes to build my speed up to the required minimum 180 wpm before training (as a Pitman’s pen writer) at the Old Bailey in November 1971. I eventually gained 210 wpm in Pitman’s shorthand and then retrained in 1988-89 on to the steno machine achieving a speed of 180 wpm on the machine. I travel all over the UK to train realtime stenographers for verbatim work in Speech-to-text or other work – wherever a verbatim record is needed.
I have also been to Jersey as well as Nigeria, to train realtime stenographers for His Excellency Babatunde Fashola, the then Governor of Lagos. Many of my past students are now working as verbatim and/or STT Reporters. I am also Chairman of the Incorporated Phonographic Society (IPS) a group of shorthand enthusiastis and now dictate on-line on behalf of the IPS on Thursday evenings 7-8 p.m. I am Treasurer of the Association of Verbatim Speech-to-Text Reporters (AVSTTR)
I have been a Certified Reporting Instructor for four years, having attended a course in Boston, USA, run by the National Court Reporters Association, NCRA, of which I am a Participating Member.