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My qualifications and experience

Digital Business Academy, UK

Size up your idea, 2015 (one of a series of online courses in digital entrepreneurship).

University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Postgraduate Diploma in Secretarial and Business Administration, 1992 – 1993

University of Northumbria at Newcastle

B.A. Modern Languages and Political Studies, 1985 – 1989

4-year degree course including one year studying abroad. Course covered translating and interpreting, linguistics, modern history, international political studies.

My experience

Owner and Manager at Shamrock Idiomas Ltda March 2006 – Present

High-quality translation agency, specializing in Spanish-English and English-Spanish. Varied bluechip customerbase includes the Chilean government (to whom we have provided services more or less continuously since 2008), technical consultancy firms, wine and food producers, tour operators and mining companies.

Translator, editor and writer January 2005 – Present

Spanish-English translator specializing in texts relating to wine, beverages and foods – every aspect, including growing, production, packaging through to promotions. Over the last 14 years, I have translated many wine data sheets, tasting notes, packaging materials of all types and for a broad range of products, presentations, adverts, websites and so on. Creative marketing translation is my forte.

I also edit/proofread materials in English, improving the flow of the text, as well as correcting any errors.

I write about wine and food for my own blog and Around the World in 80 Harvests and am the editor of South America Wine Guide. I now also offer bespoke wine tastings, food and wine pairing events and wine-related classes in English or Spanish at any level from beginner to expert.

  • Operations Manager at Cave Traducciones e Idiomas Limitada 2005 – 2006
  • Marketing Commmunications at Parsons Brinckerhoff, 2004
  • Marketing and Fundraising role at DECO 2003 – 2004
  • Marketing and Event Organization of Derby Literature Festival 2003
  • Administration and Marketing Manager at Padley Group 2001 – 2003
  • E-learning writer at TQ Education and Training 2000 – 2001
  • International Projects Coordinator at Siemens 1999 – 2000
  • Freelance Writer 1997 – 1999
  • Business Development, Unilever 1994-1997
  • Project Coordinator and Administrator at Unilever, 1993 – 1994