COMTEC TRANSLATIONS - Key Persons
- Key Client Delivery Manager
Andrew put his BSc in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies to good use when he spent a year abroad working in Spain and studying in South America. We're glad to have him back in the UK as part of our project management team.
- Head of Finance
- Accounts & Linguist Payments
Carole is a long-standing Comtec team member and has been Comtec's Finance Manager since 2011. As well as arranging payments in all currencies and checking exchange rates, there are time zones to consider as well. Read More…
Carole is a long-standing Comtec team member and has been Comtec's Finance Manager since 2011. As well as arranging payments in all currencies and checking exchange rates, there are time zones to consider as well.
Our go-to person for any finance-related questions, Carole is always super helpful and an excellent problem solver.
Alongside her finance role, Carole also heads up first aid, B Corp requirements, HR and the general health and wellbeing of the team.
Be sure to ask about Clarence (Carole's Clumber Spaniel) as she is a huge dog fan and always has a funny story to hand. She is a big movie buff and can always recommend a good film, along with joining team discussions on TV series - though be careful of spoilers as she can sometimes be a few weeks behind.
Dan leads the department in developing and introducing innovative new technology to support our team and streamline translations. He not only helps us to build our in-house technology, like our translation management tool Dovetail, but he also works with the team to create tailored solutions for our clients.
From our 24/7 reporting tool and the latest translation memory software, to our online review platform, he is constantly searching for new ways to improve our partnerships. He might not be fluent in French or Czech but Dan speaks another important language… PHP code.
Dan develops and implements innovative new technology to support our team and streamline translations. He builds the in-house technology, like our translation management tool Dovetail, and supports the team to create tailored solutions for our clients. Read More…
Dan is a coffee aficionado keeping the team well caffeinated and on the weekends enjoys hitting the golf course.
Holding a BA in French and Spanish and an MA in Translation Studies from Cardiff University, Dan launched his career in the translation industry in Comtec's Project Management Team before progressing to his current role.
As the founder of Comtec back in 1981, Isabella brings a wealth of experience gained from working in the translation industry for over 40 years. Originally qualifying as a Polish interpreter, with Honorary Fellowships from both the Chartered Institute of Linguists and the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, Isabella is a dedicated linguist. But it doesn't stop there - Isabella was also the first female President of the British Chamber of Commerce, the Vice President of the Euro Chambers and the CEO of CILT, the National Centre for Languages. She was awarded a CBE in the 2004 New Year's Honours List for services to industry and languages.
Isabella's thirst for learning never ceases to amaze her Comtec colleagues. She has been awarded a doctoral degree by Aston Business School based on her research findings on gendered aspects of entrepreneurship in later life.
Isabella founded Comtec in 1981, and brings more than 40 years of translation industry experience to the company. Originally a Polish interpreter, she has numerous fellowships of professional associations, and has held senior positions with chambers of commerce. Read More…
- Head of Client Partnerships
Head of Client Partnerships Emily has been with Comtec since 2017. She has a BA in Modern Languages as well as an MA in Translation Studies, and spent her year abroad in Brittany eating crepes.
Following her experience as both an Account Manager and Project Manager at Comtec, Emily now works closely with Comtec's Partnership Managers to understand in detail the specific localisation needs of our clients and ensure we are delivering a tailored service for every project. As well as speaking 3 different languages (French, Spanish and Portuguese), Emily also helps us to pronounce the trickiest of Welsh words, having grown up in South Wales.
Emily's other responsibilities involve managing customer feedback, organising our social events and listening to Mark's (often poor) jokes.
Head of Partnerships Emily has been with Comtec since 2017. She has a BA in Modern Languages as well as an MA in Translation Studies, and spent her year abroad in Brittany eating crepes. Read More…
- Key Client Partnerships Manager
A seasoned international businessperson, Emma has spent much of her career working amongst a breadth of cultures. Read More…
A seasoned international businessperson, Emma has spent much of her career working amongst a breadth of cultures, having spent six years in international business sales and additional time in fine art industry sales before joining Comtec. Here, she supports new and existing clients with all their translation needs-a role that sees her BA in Modern Languages for French, Spanish and Portuguese come in very handy!
When she's not being a linguistic pro, Emma enjoys travelling, reading, going out to dinner and having cuddles with her bulldog Pedro.
Helly is Senior Finance Assistant at Comtec, handling all our client invoicing and payments and providing holiday cover. Read More…
Helly is Senior Finance Assistant at Comtec, handling all our client invoicing and payments and providing holiday cover.
After completing a diploma in Performing Arts and Theatrical Makeup, Helly decided she wanted a steady job, keeping the arts as a hobby. She started her first full-time office job at 19 and has never looked back. Through the years, she's completed several business courses and in 2018 completed lvl 2 AAT which kick-started her career in finance.
Outside of work, she is very crafty, spending lots of time sewing, painting, doing DIY or making soap. She is also an avid gamer and has formed friendships through this, both online and in-person.
James Brown - Chief Commercial Officer
- Head of Commercial
- Sales Enquiries
Joining the team in 2012 after studying French and German at the University of Warwick, James has worked in many areas of the business, including operations, partnerships and business development. Read More…
Joining the team in 2012 after studying French and German at the University of Warwick, James has worked in many areas of the business, including operations, partnerships and business development.
After 4 years in the role of Head of Operations, James now works as Head of Commercial, overseeing our business development activities, L&D, quality assurance and process evolution. A big believer in tailoring our approach to suit the needs of each client, he relishes tapping into his creative side and coaching our business development team to conceive innovative solutions to help our clients succeed.
What James enjoys most about Comtec is working with such a friendly bunch of people and having the opportunity to work on a variety of tasks - no one day is ever the same.
Outside of work, James is a self-confessed ‘TV obsessive', who loves to swim, travel, eat out and undertake ridiculously long walks to keep his step count high.
Joanna is part of the Business Development team at Comtec, linking our marketing and social media efforts with strategic sales campaigns, be it blogs, newsletters, CRM maintenance, charity actions or new concept brainstorming. Read More…
Joanna is part of the Business Development team at Comtec, linking our marketing and social media efforts with strategic sales campaigns. Be it blogs, newsletters, CRM maintenance, charity actions or new concept brainstorming - no task is too big and she takes on new challenges keenly. Watch out though, she can get a bit overzealous at times, especially with her love of techy widgets.
Joanna is a native Polish linguist, fluent in Russian and English, and speaks a little bit of German too. Passionate about languages from an early age, she initially learnt English by playing computer games. Joanna gets our sense of humour and loves classic British comedy. Weekends are spent with her family and a DVD box set of Only Fools and Horses.
- Key Client Delivery Manager
Our resident figure skater, Karolina has many skills both on and off the ice. Having moved to the UK from Poland aged 12, Karolina speaks four languages with a deep appreciation for multiculturality. She studied Language, Culture and Communication at Warwick University with one year spent studying abroad in Milan at Università Degli Studi di Milano. Karolina fit plenty into her year away, immersing herself in the language, culture and fashion, as well as joining the Milan Synchronised Figure Skating Team.
Her undergraduate degree leant heavily on research into language use within global societies and she continues to be fascinated by this subject.
Working as a Project Coordinator at Comtec allows Karolina to nurture her interest in culture and language whilst interacting with clients from around the world. Who knows, she might be leading us all onto the ice at the next Christmas party…
Karolina speaks four languages and has a deep appreciation for multiculturality, having moved to the UK from Poland aged 12. She studied Language, Culture and Communication at Warwick University with a year spent studying in Milan. Read More…
- Founder and Managing Director, Sponge
Mark is our go-to man when it comes to technology. From leading the charge towards new translation technology to sharing his wisdom on elearning and website projects, we would be lost without him!
Mark has had an interesting journey towards translation, beginning with a Master's in Law and Languages from the University of Poitiers. As a fluent speaker of both French and English, Mark has lived in France and the Czech Republic, and has been with the Comtec team since 2016.
Outside of work he is a huge sports fan, spending his free time following football and rugby and supporting Manchester United.
Mark is our go-to man when it comes to technology. From leading the charge towards new translation technology to sharing his wisdom on elearning and website projects, we would be lost without him! Read More…
- Client Delivery Executive
A dab hand at all things languages, Martyna has mastered English, Polish and French and is in the process of learning her personal cultural favourite: Italian. Read More…
A dab hand at all things languages, Martyna has mastered English, Polish and French and is in the process of learning her personal cultural favourite: Italian. Having achieved a BA in English Literature from Lancaster University and an MA in English Literature with a focus on literary translation from Birmingham City University, she is now a Project Coordinator here at Comtec. In this role, she supervises across a host of different projects, from interpreting to creative proofreading and everything in between.
Having grown up on a farm in Poland, gardening and cooking are close to her heart, but she frequently gets the itch to travel. Italy is, naturally, next on the list.
- Senior Client Delivery Manager
Nina studied French and Italian at the University of Warwick before completing a Master's in Translation and Professional Language Skills at the University of Bath. It's clear she caught the language bug early and has been working as a translation project manager ever since.
A keen traveller, Nina has visited India, Australia, North America and South Africa, as well as spending time in France and Italy brushing up on her language skills. Fingers crossed, the next stops on her travel list are Iceland and the Netherlands.
- Client Partnerships Executive
A true language fanatic, Olivia studied French and German at Lancaster University. Her year abroad was spent working as an English language assistant in Germany, and after this she spent time teaching in the Burgundy region of France at an immersive French language school.
As a Partnership Executive, Olivia works closely alongside our clients, building great relationships with them and supporting them on any queries, collating feedback and ensuring we are giving them the best possible service each and every day.
Outside of work, Olivia is a sucker for good food and coffee and is a keen baker. Her favourite places that she's visited are Monaco and Rome, and she's hoping to add to this list this year with new destinations!
A true language fanatic, Olivia studied French and German at Lancaster University. Read More…
- Client Partnerships Executive / As Partnership
Executive, Phoebe works closely alongside our clients here at Comtec, building great relationships with them and ensuring we are giving them the highest possible standard of service.
A real globe-trotter, Phoebe was raised in the South West of France (Bordeaux) until the age of 17, when she moved to the UK. She completed her International Baccalaureate in the UK before continuing her travels around Asia, eventually moving to Germany for two years to learn the German language and study for her teaching qualification.
It's no real surprise that her biggest hobby is exploring the globe, but she also enjoys hiking, sailing and returning to France to ski.
As a Client Partnerships Executive, Phoebe works closely alongside our clients here at Comtec, building great relationships with them and ensuring we are giving them the highest possible standard of service. Read More…
- Senior Client Delivery Manager
Sarah joined Comtec in 2018 after completing a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Sheffield and a Master's degree in Interculturality, Communication and European Studies from the University of Valencia. Read More…
Sarah joined Comtec in 2018 after completing a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Sheffield and a Master's degree in Interculturality, Communication and European Studies from the University of Valencia.
Speaking Spanish, French and Portuguese and having spent time working and living in Spain, Sarah is a great addition to the Comtec team. Within her project solutions role, Sarah supports the team with quality assurance and technology expertise and manages a wide range of projects. She's also very involved in Comtec's charity endeavours.
Downtime for Sarah means heading to the gym and trying out new recipes on Pinterest - although she is the first to admit they don't always turn out as planned.
As Director, Sophie is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the business, while looking for new and exciting opportunities to expand and improve Comtec's services. With experience working previously as a management consultant with a wide range of international companies, Sophie brings a keen understanding of the challenges in marketing brands overseas and overcoming the language barrier in business.
A German language graduate herself, Sophie is a passionate linguist who has enjoyed learning a wide variety of languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Simplified Chinese. She believes strongly in getting young people to start learning languages. So much so that she has even arranged Spanish classes for her three-year-old daughter. "They're never too young to start!"
As Director, Sophie ensures the smooth running of the business and seeks exciting, new opportunities to expand and improve Comtec's services. An experienced management consultant who understands overseas brand marketing and the language barrier in business.
- Company Secretary