Our Office Team

We believe that good teamwork is essential for providing consistently reliable, high-quality translations and for sound project management. We’ve made a conscious decision to stick with and invest in our “real” office, in Nottingham in the East Midlands, as it provides a constant learning environment for both new and experienced staff and helps foster the good teamwork needed to provide you with a superior service.

Operations

Kim de Silva Senior Project Manager/Team Leader

Kim de Silva Senior Project Manager/Team Leader

Kim de Silva

Kim grew up in Germany where she studied Languages and Business (English and French). She then went on to work as a foreign language correspondent at Airbus, Toulouse, France. She studied Translation in Metz, France, worked as an in-house translator at Airbus, Toulouse, and finished her MA degree at the University of Bristol, UK. Kim joined AST in February 2015.

Marek Malec Project Manager

Marek Malec Project Manager

Marek Malec

Marek studied German and Linguistics at Nottingham Trent University. As part of the course he spent a year in Austria, studying at the University of Innsbruck. After finishing his BA, he joined the AST Team in August 2015. In addition to English and German, he speaks fluent Polish and is currently studying Italian as part of an evening course.

Roseanna Birchall Project Manager

Roseanna Birchall Project Manager

Roseanna Birchall

Roseanna graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA in German and Russian in 2013. During her degree she studied and worked in Vienna and Moscow.  After university she worked for 2 years in finance and accounting, before joining AST in July 2016.

Josephine Day Project Manager

Josephine Day Project Manager

Josephine Day

Josephine graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA in English and German, during which she spent a year teaching English in a secondary school in Dortmund, Germany. As well as German, she speaks Dutch and is currently taking evening classes in French. She joined AST in September 2016.

Julija Kuras Junior Project Manager

Julija Kuras Junior Project Manager

Julija Kuras

Julija completed an MA at the Universities of Kassel and Wolverhampton, and is currently studying for a BcS at the University of Hagen via distance learning. Most recently Julija has worked in finance support roles while also providing language support in German, Russian and Spanish. Julija joined AST in June 2017.

Alexandra Dilkes Senior Project Specialist

Alexandra Dilkes Senior Project Specialist

Alexandra Dilkes

Alexandra completed her BA in German and Music at the University of Sheffield. She gained a number of years’ positive experience of working with translations in Germany and later in the UK, before becoming a Project Manager for AST in early 2011. She became Operations Manager in 2012. Having taken a short break to start a family, Alexandra returned to AST as Senior Project Specialist in May 2016.

Lea Bienefeld Project Management Intern

Lea Bienefeld Project Management Intern

Lea Bienefeld

Lea grew up in Germany where she studied Language, Culture, and Translation at the University of Mainz. During her degree, she spent 5 months at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and another 6 months in The Hague, Netherlands, where she did an internship at the German-Dutch Chamber of Commerce. She is currently doing her internship at AST as part of her MA degree in Translation (German, English, Dutch).

Support

Siobhan Doyle Accounts Supervisor

Siobhan Doyle Accounts Supervisor

Siobhan Doyle

Siobhan studied at Clarendon College in Nottingham, gaining full membership of the Association of Accountancy Technicians in September 2014. She is also now a student member of ACCA. Siobhan has worked in accountancy within sixth form colleges and the NHS over a period of over 6 years and joined AST in February 2016.

Outi Tolppa Translator Resources Co-ordinator

Outi Tolppa Translator Resources Co-ordinator

Outi Tolppa

Outi studied English and Comparative Literature & Swedish at the University of East Anglia. She worked for 3 years at a translation company in Derby then in various roles in a technical call centre. Outi is fluent in Finnish, English and Swedish, and also has a good understanding of French, Danish and Norwegian. She joined AST in May 2013.

IT & Network Support

Shobhika Bharti IT & Network Manager

Shobhika Bharti IT & Network Manager

Shobhika Bharti

Shobhika came from India to the UK to pursue an MSc in Information Systems & Operations Management at the University of Nottingham. She has more than 6 years of experience in various IT fields, with software as her main specialism. Shobhika joined AST in March 2017.