The Linguatext Team

Derek Robinson

Managing Director

As the founder of Linguatext, Derek oversees the overall strategy of the company and is responsible for all aspects of quality assurance and training.

Derek has been a professional translator since 1982. After nine years working as an in-house translator in Cologne, he returned to Edinburgh and established Linguatext in 1994.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interpreting and Translation (German and Russian) from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Rahel Vontobel

Director & Project Manager

Rahel was appointed as a Director of Linguatext Ltd. in January 2017. Together with Andrew and Derek, she oversees the company's overall strategy, with a particular emphasis on back-office aspects. She continues to work as a project manager. Rahel joined the company in 2008. Originally from Switzerland, she has a solid background in customer support and extensive experience in managing multi-lingual teams. She also speaks English and German fluently. As Project Manager, she is responsible for all administrative matters, in particular customer care and checking translations into German.

Qualifications

Eidg. Fähigkeitszeugnis Buchhändlerin (Swiss Certificate of Proficiency in Bookselling)

Andrew James Wood

Director & Translator

Andrew was appointed as a Director of Linguatext Ltd. in January 2017. Together with Rahel and Derek, he oversees the company's overall strategy, with a particular emphasis on operational aspects. He continues to work as a translator. Andrew entered the translation industry shortly after completing his degree, which involved periods of study at Karl-Franzens University in Graz (Austria) and Moscow State Linguistics University. He worked at a translation agency in Glasgow for three years, where his duties included translation, proofreading, typesetting and project management. Andrew joined Linguatext in 2006.

Qualifications:

Master of Arts (Honours) in Interpreting and Translation (German and Russian) from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Katrin Melzig

Project Manager

Katrin joined the team in 2013 to add additional support for project management and to proofread translations into German. She moved from the Ruhr to Scotland in 2003 to study for a Masters Degree in German and Gaelic Studies at the University of Aberdeen, which she completed in 2007.

Qualifications:

Master of Arts (Honours) in German and Gaelic Studies from the University of Aberdeen

Anita Leyerzapf

Translator

Prior to joining Linguatext in 2005, Anita spent periods at companies in Switzerland, France and the Netherlands and then worked as an in-house translator in Glasgow for some 13 years, gaining a great deal of experience in the translation of technical and commercial texts.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Modern Languages (German and French with Dutch subsidiary) from the University of Salford

Ian Warren

Translator

Following a degree in Law and French at the University of Wales, Ian studied German in Germany. He later completed a postgraduate translation diploma in English, German and French at the University of Strasbourg. After three years in France and five years in Germany, where Ian worked as a freelance translator and English teacher, he started at Linguatext in 2005.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Law and French from the University of Wales

Postgraduate translation diploma (German and French) from the University of Strasbourg 

Morag Wilkinson

Translator

After graduating, Morag trained as a teacher. She worked in Scotland for two years before moving to Magdeburg, where she spent nine years as a freelance teacher and tutor of English, French and German as a foreign language. She returned to Scotland and joined Linguatext in 2012.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in French and German from Stirling University

PGCE (Secondary) French and German from Paisley University

Julia Teschner

Translator

Julia spent a number of years working in different parts of Germany during her studies, mainly in Berlin, Hamburg and Würzburg, where she trained as a translator. She completed her PhD in German Politics in 1997 while a lecturer in German Language and European Politics at the University of Bath (1995-2001). She worked as a freelance translator, copywriter and editor during a twelve-year stay in Greece and returned to the UK to join Linguatext as a staff translator in 2013.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Modern Languages (German and French) and European Studies from the University of Bath
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in German Politics from the University of Liverpool