Our committees

Over 60 plain language experts volunteer their time to progress the Federation’s work. 


Our volunteers

As the Federation’s activities have grown, it has set up 4 standing committees to progress its agenda:

  • Certification
  • Communications
  • Standard Localization and Implementation
  • Training and Resources.

We are immensely grateful for all of the volunteers who serve on these committees.

They are plain language experts from more than 20 countries, and they contribute their knowledge freely to help develop plain language as a profession and to maximize the public benefits that it brings.

Committee chairs

Sarah Slabbert

Sarah Slabbert



Gael Spivak

Gael Spivak

Standard localization and implementation

Lisa Vieno

Lisa Vieno

Training and Resources

Committee members

The Federation would like to acknowledge all our committee members and thank them for their work on behalf of plain language.



Certification committee


This committee is exploring how to develop systems and standards to certify plain language organizations, individuals and documents.

Standard localization and implementation committee 


This committee is working to promote the ISO 24495 plain language standard and help as many countries as possible to adopt it and/or translate it. 

Training and resources committee


This committee is developing best practice guidelines for plain language training, and is setting up a major Resource Bank of plain language information.