Meet the Team
Rebecca Rubio - Managing Director
As well as keeping a watchful eye on Intonation since 1994, Rebecca is Group Managing Director, looking after the Intereurope Group and our sister companies, InterRegs and ICG. With a degree in French and Russian, a smattering of Arabic and a one-woman crusade to uphold the proper use of English grammar, spelling and punctuation - Rebecca is a linguist at heart.
She is also a qualified translator from French to English and speaks French fluently with a strong 'accent du Midi' that native French speakers find both hilarious and impressive.
Away from the office, her obsessions include kids' TV of the 70s, musical theatre (don't get her started!) and keeping chickens.
Dan Peachey - Commercial Director
Having joined Intonation as a Co-Ordinator in October 2000, Dan has enjoyed the diverse nature of the work at Intonation so much that he's taken over the day to day running of the company!
A graduate in Modern Languages and European Studies at the University of the West of England in Bristol, Dan has since completed studies in French translation at the University of Southampton, specialising in business, and also has a bit of German and Swedish on the side.
A keen music lover, Dan counts European cinema, swimming and athletics (sadly watching rather than participating!) amongst his interests.
Rachael Cox - Assistant Translation Manager
Thanks to Intonation's strong links with the University of Portsmouth, Rachael originally began working with us on a six month placement but has now been with the company for a decade.
As a graduate in European Business and Spanish, Rachael has completed an MA in Corporate Governance and Business Law, making her an ideal member of the team.
Rachael loves living by the sea, loves running along the beach and, in her spare time, is a tennis enthusiast…again, watching not playing!
Hesione Waugh - Client Relationship Manager
Hesione joined Intonation in 2004 following a career break, during which she spent five years seeing the world, including a stint teaching English language and culture in Tokyo. Her diverse career has included employment with several leading city companies such as Standard Chartered Bank and Lancôme Cosmetics.
Hesione heads up our Client Relationship team, ensuring clients are receiving the best possible service suited to their needs. Outside of work, she loves the great outdoors, is a qualified yoga teacher and a Mum of 3, 4 if you count the dog she refers to as her "youngest"!
Tatiana Poliakova - Lead Translation Co-Ordinator
Another recruit from the University of Portsmouth (well, via Slovakia) Tatiana began work for Intonation on a part time basis alongside studying for a Masters in Translation and Technical Communication. As soon as she finished, we snapped her up for a full time position, which she started in February 2011. Such is her undeniable passion for languages, Tatiana also devotes part of her free time to charity translation and proofreading for the world of medicine.
Having a passion for the bright and colourful, acrylics are Tatiana's partner in crime, and no colleague in the office escapes the strokes of her brushes! Gym (almost) every morning before work, Saturday conversation club and occasional laughter yoga on Sundays further add to Tatiana's palette of interests.
Ester Berg - Translation Co-Ordinator
Ester joined Intonation in January 2015, and has added to the office's Slovakian contingent. She also lived in Sweden for number of years before settling in the UK. Yet another University of Portsmouth recruit (we seem to like them!) she has a Masters in Communication and Language Skills and is a proud language geek, herself speaking four.
She loves movies, cooking and educating a very willing office of guinea pigs on her Slovakian and Swedish food creations!
Jen Bourne - Translation Co-Ordinator
Before joining Intonation as part of the 2014 acquisition of WORDtrans, Jen started her translation career as a Project Manager in May 2011, having previously worked for an independent opera and ballet DVD production company and also for the Royal Opera House.
She lives on a farm and loves the quiet countryside and outdoor pursuits. So much so that she has been to Alaska twice and is planning the next trip as we speak!
Alistair Gale - Translation Co-Ordinator
Alistair joined Intonation when we purchased WORDtrans Ltd in July 2014. Having immersed himself in languages at the University of Exeter, where he gained a BA in French and Hispanic Studies followed by an MA in Translation Studies, he has been working as a Translation Co-ordinator since 2011 and doesn't seem to be growing tired of it yet...
When not in the office, Alistair enjoys reading trashy thrillers, the odd round of golf (when feeling particularly energetic and the weather conditions are right) and adding/listening to his CD collection.
James Letts - Translation Co-Ordinator
Having worked for a translation company in Madrid, James arrived at Intonation in March 2015 to join our ever expanding team, and has completed a short spell before that working in Brazil and the USA. James holds a Masters in Translation Studies from the University of Portsmouth and speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
James likes to spend his evenings and weekends playing 5-a-side football, following Formula 1 and going to the gym (occasionally).
Elodie Ribault - Translation Co-Ordinator
Elodie joined Intonation in 2012, having completed a Masters in Translation (English and German) at the University of Évry, in her native France. Moving to England in 2012 to immerse herself in British culture, Elodie enjoys baking and has been banned from baking more than once a month to avoid making the team any fatter.
Elodie loves travelling and dancing (mainly salsa) but likes to relax with a good book or movie.
Veronica Squeo - Translation Co-Ordinator
Veronica's father was a Sailor and when she was a child she travelled around the Mediterranean every summer, which sparked her passion for different countries and cultures. She's lived in Ireland and France and as soon as she had the opportunity, she left for England to boost her linguistic skills.
During her spare time Veronica loves watching the Inspector Montalbano series, writing novels and going to art exhibitions. As a typical Italian she adores cooking and when the weather is right can identify every star and planet in the sky!
Scott Kendall - Client Relationship Assistant
Despite failing French at school, Scott's interest in languages was rekindled when he lived in Romania in the 1990s, teaching English as a foreign language at the University of Pitesti and becoming fluent in the Romanian language. His varied career has seen him work in a Business Development role at a London translation company, obtain a degree in Fine Art from the University of Sunderland and set up his own company importing craft products.
In his spare time Scott plays bass guitar with a thrash metal band and constantly goes on about how things were better in the 80s.
Will McSwiggan - Administrator
Will joined Intonation in February 2014 via an apprenticeship scheme to handle Intonation's administration needs. Will soon found himself an invaluable member of the team and is always providing support to his fellow colleagues any way he can and loves the varied nature of his work, whether it be invoice processing, document formatting or even going to the shop to get the milk!
Will can often be heard in the office talking about his Volkswagen Polo which he has spent countless hours "fixing", only to find something else has gone wrong!
Sam Long - Administrator
Sam joined Intonation in February 2015 to assist the current administration team with an increasingly high workflow. Currently undertaking a Level 2 administration apprenticeship in parallel to his work at Intonation, he hopes to gain valuable experience working in a bustling, busy office and providing support to the team.
A keen lover of motorcycles, Sam can often be found tinkering away with his at the weekends. Now, if only he can get it to work...
Meet the Translators
Andrea - Translator English/German
During her career, Andrea has translated more than 20 books in various fields for clients all over the world.
A native German speaker with considerable business experience and a degree in translation, Andrea loves to travel, read English crime fiction, and network with friends from the English-speaking Women's Career Network in Vienna.
She has studied and worked in the US and UK, and having worked in-house as the Manager of the Documentation and Translation Dept of an international software company and for agencies, now runs her own business as a freelance translator.
Carolina - Translator and Interpreter English/Italian
Carolina began working with Intonation in 1997 with a Doctorate in Foreign Languages and a specialisation in Law and Economics.
She has spent the last 20 years working in the financial and legal sectors.
She currently lives in Stratford-upon-Avon, where she's enjoyed brushing up on her knowledge of Shakespeare, being an avid fan of the Bard's work, although she wishes to assure that her translations are never a "Comedy of Errors"!
Cinzia - Translator and Interpreter English/Italian
Cinzia is a keen globetrotter and loves to learn new languages.
Having studied in Italy, she moved to the UK and became a freelance translator in 1993.
She received a Master's Degree in Translation Studies from the University of Portsmouth, and as a member of the American Translators' Association she runs accreditation examinations as a proctor in the UK.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading and running.
Leslie - Translator English/Portuguese/Italian/Spanish
A freelance writer and translator with more than 20 years experience, Leslie divides his time between Cambridge and Buenos Aires.
A member of the Institute of Linguists and the Society of Authors, his work as a translator has included diverse tasks. He has translated notes on Argentinean music and undertaken subtitling for an Argentinean documentary shown during the 2000 Latin American Film Festival in London.
He has produced a number of books about the socio-political situation in Argentina concerning land rights and indigenous issues.
Gala - Translator and Interpreter English/Russian
Gala has a passion for Argentine tango and, thanks to her interpreting assignments, has danced all over the world!
She is a Russian conference interpreter and translator with considerable experience of medical, legal and technical interpreting.
A graduate in modern languages from a Russian university, Gala has worked as a translator and interpreter for an oil company and European business consulting company based in Russia.
James - Translator English/Arabic
James's love of foreign languages began at the age of five (in 1949) and has been growing ever since. His main subjects at school were French and Spanish, and he 'took in' Italian and Russian in his spare time for fun, as well as beginning his life-long affair with Chinese.
A degree in Arabic and Persian at Cambridge then led to practising at the Bar for six years and in 1980 he transferred to being a solicitor. In 1985 he took up a posting as an Arabic speaking maritime lawyer in Dubai, where he stayed for 16 years. His published translations of numerous maritime and commercial laws of the Arabian Gulf countries are widely used as authoritative versions in legal and commercial circles all around the Gulf.
He attempted to retire in 2001 to live a studious and contemplative life in the countryside of South Devon, and to finish reading Confucius and his contemporaries in the original, a task he began at the age of 15 and is determined to accomplish before he dies. But we found out where he was hiding and decided we still had work for him to do...
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