Following a prestigious award ceremony in London, the following press release has just been issued:
Jacqui Birnie, a freelancer translator at Alexika Ltd, a language service company in West Yorkshire, has been awarded runner up in the Freelance Supplier category at the Association of Translation Companies’ (ATC) 2016 Language Industry Summit Awards.
Jacqui Birnie was recognised as one of only three shortlisted linguists in the Freelance Supplier of the Year category. The winners were announced during a gala awards dinner that formed part of the ATC’s 40th anniversary conference at the QEII Conference Centre in London.
The Language Industry Summit Awards are designed to celebrate success in the sector, with nominees being recognised by the judges for their commitment to excellence.
Speaking about Jacqui being shortlisted, Alexika managing director Mark Robinson said: “Jacqui Birnie is an outstanding example of a dedicated, hard-working and thoroughly professional freelance translator.
“She has been working with Alexika as a freelance translator of technical German to English for over a decade and is always willing to question the source text where there is ambiguity and discuss linguistic and quality issues openly to provide the best service. She embraces new technology and uses it to maintain the highest quality levels.”
Commenting on her award, Jacqui added: “I was both surprised and delighted to hear that I had been shortlisted and then to be runner-up was the icing on the cake. I feel very passionately about the job that I do and the importance of the language sector in our country, and I am very proud that my commitment has been recognised at the highest possible level by such a distinguished panel of judges.”
This year’s judging panel comprises Rudy Tirry, President of the European Union of Associations of Translation Companies, Sarah Griffin-Mason, Chair of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting, Laura Brandon, Executive Director of the Globalization and Localization Association and Geoffrey Bowden, General Secretary for the ATC, who was the non-voting chair of the judging panel.
ATC General Secretary Geoffrey, said: “The nominations have been assessed using robust judging criteria to recognise the broad range of talent within the industry.
“With a focus on achievement; the judging criteria put an emphasis on the story behind the individuals that give so much to the industry; what they aim to achieve and what their success gives back to the profession. Jacqui’s nomination certainly ticked many of the boxes for the judging panel.”
For further details on the awards please visit http://www.atc.org.uk/en/awards-2016
Notes to editors:
The Association of Translation Companies (ATC) is the world’s longest established professional association representing the interests of Language Service Providers.
It is the leading voice for companies operating in the UK’s expanding language services industry, which is worth more than £1 billion and employs more than 12,000 people.
Having been formed in 1976 by a group of translation companies in Britain, the ATC has expanded significantly over the last 40 years and now has members from all over the world.
Visit www.atc.org.uk to find out more.
For further information, please contact Sarah Thomas, of Word Association, on 01455 614333 or email Sarah@wordassociation.co.uk