Qualifications and Experience

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My qualifications and experience

  • WSET Diploma in Awards and Spirits candidate: 2-year online course from March 2016. Wine and Spirit Education Trust, London Wine School
  • WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits, 2014 .

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), a broad number of 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 food and wine – every aspect, including growing, production, packaging through to promotions. Over the last 7 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 enjoy writing social media content.

  • 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