Our Project Managers, in-house translation team and Resource Manager have language-based degrees and Master’s degrees in translation, and all our new freelancers are tested before being approved. This means that from start to finish your documents are in the hands of experienced professionals, who make the quality and accuracy of your text their priority.
Our staff are certified users of SDL Trados translation software and we are also willing to try any other client-specific software you may use.
Managing Director and Finance Manager
George is a chartered accountant and member of the ACCA with experience in both practice and commerce. He studied at Oxford and holds an MA (Oxon) degree in Philosophy and Theology. George succeeded his father John Cooke as manager of the company and is also responsible for all financial matters.
Head of Translation Operations
Hannah is responsible for managing the translation and project management teams and the day-to-day running of operations, including recruitment, training and rolling out new initiatives. Hannah joined Surrey Translation Bureau as a project manager in August 2009 and has been working in her current role since February 2012. Hannah holds an MA in Italian Translation and Linguistics from the University of Westminster and a BA in French and Italian from the University of Kent. Hannah is an SDL Trados certified translator and project manager and an Associate Member of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting. Hannah is currently on maternity leave.
Sales and Marketing Manager
Marya joined Surrey Translation Bureau in May 2016 and is responsible for the company’s sales and marketing activities. She also manages Surrey Translation Bureau’s social media profiles. Marya holds a BA (Hons) and an MA (Hons) in Media and Communications from Jamia Millia Islamia University. In addition to her experience in sales and marketing, specifically within communications, public relations and brand management, she has worked for Rosetta Stone, a language learning software company, for over four years and is proficient in both Hindi and Urdu.
Elmira holds a degree in management from the Ural Academy of Public Administration in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and also a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English. Elmira has lived in Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and the UK, carving a career in international sales specialising in CIS and European regions. Elmira started working for Surrey Translation Bureau in January 2012 and has a great interest in business-to-business sales and customer relations in a commercial environment. She is responsible for growing revenue through account management activities at Surrey Translation Bureau. Elmira is currently on maternity leave.
Catherine has a Masters Degree from ICCHS (International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies), Newcastle University. She has worked within the international cultural sector and public facing commercial businesses for over 10 years and has a wealth of knowledge in developing business-to- business partnerships and growing customer relations in a commercial environment. As our Account Manager she is responsible for growing revenues through new partnerships and managing account activities at Surrey Translation Bureau.
Allison holds an MSc in Translation Studies and Professional Practice from the University of Glasgow and a BBA in International Business and Spanish from James Madison University in Virginia, USA where her studies included a semester at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Before starting her role as Resource Manager, she worked as an English teacher for 2 years in Málaga, Spain. Allison takes care of our freelance translators as well as our in-house translation team, manages incoming freelance applications and ensures there are no large gaps in our regular language combination and text genre needs. She also writes The Word, STB’s quarterly newsletter and contributes to STB’s social media presence.
Senior Project Manager
Richard holds an MA in Translation and Professional Language Skills from the University of Bath. He has worked in France, Spain and Germany and is fluent in both French and Spanish. However, it is Richard’s English writing skills that brought him to the translation industry and he specialises in editing texts produced by other translators to enhance readability and impact. He has been working at Surrey Translation Bureau since 2010. Richard is currently acting Head of Translation Operations whilst Hannah is on maternity leave.
Alison Healey, MITI
Senior Project Manager and Translator
Alison holds an MA in Translation and Professional Language Skills from the University of Bath and a BA (hons) in French and German from the University of York, including a year studying at the Université de Genève in Switzerland and the Universität Erfurt in Germany. She started work at Surrey Translation Bureau as a full-time translator in December 2008, and after three years she moved over to join the project management team in December 2011. Alison still takes on translation projects in-house and is a Qualified Member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. Her main translation interests include business administration, tourism, education, marketing and legal texts.
Ruth holds an MA in Translating from the University of Salford and a BA in French and German from the University of Leicester. The latter involved a year abroad, during which she spent five months working as a teaching assistant in Salzburg and subsequently studied in Besançon. Ruth joined the team at Surrey Translation Bureau in September 2014 as a Project Manager, after gaining industry experience as a translation proofreader, working primarily from German to English. She is responsible for maintaining our ISO standard procedures and documentation as well as coordinating our internships.
Project Manager and Translator
Jenni has a BA in English translation studies from the University of Turku, Finland. She has worked in the USA and her studies included a semester at Chukyo University in Nagoya, where she studied Japanese and intercultural communication. Before joining STB in March 2014, Jenni worked as a translator trainee at the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki.
Ashley studied her MA in Translation Studies at the University of Portsmouth, before which she studied a BA in International Political Economy at Carthage College, Wisconsin, USA. Her studies included an internship with the German CDU, a semester in Hamburg studying International Economics and a year studying International Comparative Sociology in Kiel, where she gained experience translating German materials for international students. Ashley joined Surrey Translation Bureau as a project manager in May 2016.
Katie studied her MA in Translation Studies (Distance Learning) from the University of Portsmouth, while also teaching English as a Second Language in both Sydney and Portsmouth. Prior to this, she completed an LLB Honours in Law with a Modern Language (Italian) at the University of Strathclyde, where she spent one year working and studying Italian, European and Human Rights Law at L’università degli studi di Padova. After a four week internship at Surrey Translation Bureau in September 2016, she joined the team as a Translation Project Manager.
Lauren holds an MA in Applied Translation Studies (German) from the University of Leeds, and a BA (hons) in German and Linguistics from the University of York. Her BA included a year studying at Universität Regensburg in Germany, so you could say she specialises in Bayerisch! She has always been fascinated by language, so was destined for a career in the industry. She gained experience working as a freelance translator, and joined the team here at Surrey Translation Bureau as a project manager in August 2016.
Barbara holds an MA in Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies from the University of Leeds and a BA in Interpreting and Communication in English and Spanish from IULM University of Milan. Her BA included one term studying at Bangor University in Wales where she taught Italian to undergraduate students with varying levels of proficiency. During her studies, Barbara gained some initial experience in the industry working as a freelance translator and interpreter, and also enjoyed providing fan subtitles for various TV series in her spare time. Barbara joined Surrey Translation Bureau in November 2016 as a Project Manager.
Jessica holds an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Hull and a BA in French with Business, including Italian and Spanish modules, from the University of Northumbria. The latter included a year abroad in France, during which she spent seven months as a teaching assistant in Brittany, followed by three months working as an au pair in Lyon. Languages have always been her passion and her stay abroad only cemented her ambition to mould a career in the translation industry. She discovered a love for medical and legal translation, as well as developing an interest in subtitling during her studies. Following her graduation, Jessica joined the team at Surrey Translation Bureau as a Project Manager in November 2016.
Amey has a BA in Modern Languages: Italian and Spanish from the University of Exeter. Her course included a semester studying translation at the University of Bologna in Italy. She also spent some time living in Spain, during which she worked in a private university, taking on Spanish to English translation projects and running English conversation classes. Amey joined STB as a full-time Project Manager in January 2017 after completing a six-week internship.
Jonathan holds an MA in Translation and a BA (hons) in Combined Languages (German & Swedish with French), both from the University of Surrey. He has been working at Surrey Translation Bureau since November 2010, specialising originally in German to English translation, but now working from both German and Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian and Danish) on a regular basis. Jonathan previously worked as a translator at SAP (Ireland) for two years before returning to the UK to study for his Masters degree. He has also worked in Germany, France and Spain, and studied in Sweden.
Chloe holds an MA in Interpreting and Translating from the University of Bath and an MA (Oxon) in French and German from the University of Oxford. As part of her studies she spent a year working as a language assistant in Osnabrück and later completed internships at the European Patent Office in Munich and the European Commission in Brussels. She previously worked as an in-house translator at a large manufacturing company and as a translator and then senior translator at a translation agency in Kingston. She joined Surrey Translation Bureau as a senior translator in August 2016.
Jenny has a BA in European Studies, specialising in English and Spanish from the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, in her native Germany. British culture and language have fascinated her ever since her first English lesson at school, which led her to start her career in the UK. Having started out as a trainee for Surrey Translation Bureau in 2010, Jenny became an in-house German translator soon after. She specialises in medical, tourism and marketing translation, but also proofreads translations and takes on behind-the-scenes project management tasks.
Nick holds a BA in French and German from Queen Mary, University of London and an MA in Translation Studies from UCL. His BA included a year studying linguistics, German studies and French literature at the Universität Hamburg in Germany. Nick joined Surrey Translation Bureau in February 2014 as Translation Editor and has since progressed to the role of Translator. Nick spends most of his time translating from German into English in a range of subject areas and also carries out editing and proofreading tasks, including for STB’s various blog contributions.
Camilla has an MA (Oxon) in Philosophy and Theology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies from UCL. She has worked in libraries and also completed a Chapterhouse course in copy-editing and proofreading, working as a freelance copy-editor for twelve years. Camilla started working for STB on a part-time basis in January 2014, assisting George in accounts with invoicing and bookkeeping.
Sonia joined the STB team in September 2016 as an Office Assistant but also helps with project management tasks for individual clients. Sonia has a BA (Hons) in Applied Linguistics from the UANL, Monterrey, Mexico and has completed courses in French at the Alliance Française, Mexico and Vichy, France. Sonia has worked as a freelance translator since 2003, translating from English and French into Spanish, and has lived in Uruguay, Mexico, the United States, Switzerland, France and now the UK. She looks forward to assisting you with any queries you may have.