Business Language Services Adam Burman - Managing Director

Adam is a successful MBA (Masters in Business Administration), fluent in Spanish having lived and studied in Seville (Spain), Madrid and San Sebastián (Basque Country) for many years. He speaks several European languages, including French, Portuguese and some Italian. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Spanish, he later completed his MBA at Kent Business School and dual qualification at the University of Deusto (San Sebastián), during which time he received a distinction in Advanced Business Spanish.

Adam worked as a management accountant for an industrial holding company, and as a professional Spanish to English translator for many years. He is a full member of the Institute of Linguists (MCIL) and the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, and is qualified to teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Adam has owned and managed Business Language Services Ltd. for 12 years, after having acquired the company when it was a small language school and translation company in Abergavenny. Adam is ultimately responsible for the overall management and performance of the company, with specific focus on the supervision of all translation work and quality control.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Spanish, MBA, MCIL, MITI, TEFL

Business Language Services Rhys Thomas - Operations Director

Rhys is a native speaker of English and Welsh. He studied German with Business Studies at Swansea University, which included a year studying at Reutlingen Business School and working as a translator and project manager in Bremen. He then completed a Master’s degree in Translation Studies with Language Technology in 2012.

Rhys was promoted to a senior role of Operations Manager in September 2016 and now works closely with senior management to ensure the successful provision of all of our translation, localisation, interpreting and language training assignments. He plays a key role in ensuring that Business Language Services Ltd. runs smoothly and efficiently so as to meet the needs of our many customers. Rhys continues to be involved in specific translation projects and proof-reads German into English, as required.
Qualifications: BA (Hons) German and Business Studies, MA Translation Studies with Language Technology

Business Language Services James Hammacott – Senior Project Manager

A graduate of Cardiff University twice-over, James has a BA Joint Honours in French and Italian, and an MA in Translation Studies. Furthermore, he has a knowledge of a number of other languages including Spanish and Welsh, and is looking to add Portuguese and Chinese to the list.

Born and raised in Cardiff, James has lived around the world, including Chambéry (FR), Pavia (IT) and Lichfield (UK), but finally returned to his home town to settle down in his work and home life.

James joined the company in April 2015 as a Project Manager and has since worked his way up to the Senior Project Manager role for the company. James is ultimately responsible for overseeing customer accounts, ensuring customer satisfaction and assisting with language quality processes in accordance with our ISO:9001 accreditation. His project management duties involve coordinating individual projects from start to finish, customer and supplier liaison, and, time permitting, translation and proofreading.

Qualifications: BA (Joint Hons) French and Italian. MA Translation Studies.

Sarah is a native speaker of English and Welsh. She studied BA French & Italian at Cardiff University which included a year studying at the University of Catania in Sicily and the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Geneva. She went on to achieve a Distinction in her Translation Studies MA at Cardiff University. Through her time at university, living abroad and working at Business Language Services Ltd., Sarah also has advanced knowledge of a number of other European Languages, including Spanish and German.

Sarah joined the company in January 2017 as a project manager. In addition to her project management duties, she undertakes Italian to English, French to English, Welsh to English and English to Welsh translation and proofreading. Her specialisations include creative marketing, advertising and literary texts.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) French & Italian, MA Translation Studies (Distinction)

Business Language Services Kathryn Martin – Project Manager

Kathryn studied BA Combined Honours French and German at the University of Exeter, which included four months spent in Reims working as a language assistant at the IUFM, followed by a six-month work placement at a translation agency in Berlin. After graduating, Kathryn worked as a proofreader at a translation company in Buckinghamshire before progressing into a translation role, and ultimately specialising as a language engineer with a focus on the use of CAT tools in translation. With eight years’ experience in the industry behind her, Kathryn decided to relocate back to South Wales and joined Business Language Services Ltd. in September 2018. Her project management duties include setting up, organising and managing numerous translation projects and liaising with clients alongside translation and proofreading of German and French texts into English.

Qualifications: BA (Combined Honours) French and German

Madeleine studied her BA (Hons) in French & Spanish at Cardiff University, which included a year studying at the University of Cáceres in Extremadura and the University of Caen in Normandy. She also has knowledge of German and Russian, and is working to increase her proficiency in these languages.

After graduating, Madeleine worked as a proofreader at a translation company in Buckinghamshire, before progressing into a training role. Madeleine decided to relocate back to South Wales in 2016, and worked for several years in a business development and research role for a financial intelligence company. Madeleine joined Business Language Services Ltd. in April 2019. Alongside her project management duties, Madeleine translates and proofreads French and Spanish texts into English.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) French and Spanish

Josh is a fluent speaker of Italian and Spanish, and a native speaker of English. He has dedicated most of his career and education to translation and linguistics, acquiring a BA (Hons) in Translation and an MA in Translation Studies in the process.

Josh’s specialisations include comic translation, computerised graphic work and localisation. He often translates from Spanish and Italian into English and edits and proofreads English texts. He is also dedicated to learning Japanese to be able to translate from Japanese to English as well.

Before joining Business Language Services as a Project Manager in June 2019, Josh had worked both as a freelance translator and an IT-focused paralegal in Cardiff.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Translation, MA Translation Studies

Tom is a skilled Welsh translator who graduated from Swansea University with a BA in Welsh. During this time, he honed his language skills, and then went on to complete his Masters, also at Swansea University, in Professional Translation, where he learned how to effectively use CAT tools and other industry-standard technologies. He also achieved his Welsh language proficiency award during his studies and completed an internship with a Welsh translation company as a Welsh translator, while also assisting with CAT tool use.

Starting on a temporary contract for Business Language Services towards the end of 2019, Tom has since been offered a full-time, permanent appointment. Since joining the company, Tom has taken on many translation and proofreading jobs as well as providing support to the company in all aspects of Welsh translation.

Tom is currently working towards becoming a full member of Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru, and is driven to improve and develop as a translator.

Qualifications: BA Welsh (Hons). MA Professional Translation

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