Meet the team

Meet our talented and committed team from our offices around the world. One of the things that makes translate plus a great place to work is that it’s such a culturally diverse workplace, with staff from over 30 countries – including the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, Greece, Poland, the USA, Ukraine, Turkey, China and India!

Join our team

Umer Nizam

Managing Partner

Born and raised in Pakistan, Umer started his journey in Finance in 2006 with his BCom from the University of Karachi. In 2011, he moved to the UK and completed a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting at Oxford Brookes University, and also became a Chartered Certified Accountant.

Having worked for an accounting firm, education services provider and fashion brands, Umer joined translate plus in 2015 as a Management Accountant and since then has grown from strength to strength in his roles contributing towards the success of the business. He currently leads translate plus' finances and co-manages the business.

Coming from a culture rich in gastronomic variety, Umer considers himself a foodie and enjoys cooking. He also loves to travel and spends a great deal of his free time with his family and friends!

Adrian Metcalf

Managing Partner

With over a decade of experience working for multiple translation companies, Adrian’s strong technical background has driven the translate plus technical offering to help meet our client’s requests. Having worked across the world and seeing many different cultures, Adrian understands the importance of localisation to deliver a global message. Adrian: “translate plus is an ever-evolving company that always rises to a challenge to meet the requirements of our clients. I always feel proud to be part of the translate plus family and work so closely with our industry experts.

Liina Thorn

Client Services Director

Liina is a seasoned localisation & language professional with over 20 years of experience in the language industry. She has previously overviewed activities in our Operations department and now focuses on external client management and accounts, enquiries management, operational requirements and service delivery.

Liina is originally from Estonia. Her greatest passion is to travel and learn about different cultures. Her trip of a lifetime so far has been the year she spent travelling across Australia!

Nikolay Nistorov

Operations Director

Nikolay’s interest in working with diverse cultures and teams stems from his educational background (he currently holds an MA in International Relations). After acquiring 13 years of operational experience in large IT companies, he decided to join the translate plus family, embracing the challenge to drive smart operations within the company. Nikolay loves spending his free time with his family and friends and he also enjoys walking and travelling!

Maria Ivanova

Operations Manager

A graduate of English and American Studies, followed by a MA in Internal Relations, Maria has a flair for languages and thrives in a multicultural environment. She started her translate plus career at an entry-level position and has quickly raised in rank since. After taking over the Operations Manager role, Maria’s focus has been the overall people management and fulfilment of the operational business targets. In her free time, she enjoys reading and long walks with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Nara Cravanzola

Creative Operations Director

With 20 years of experience in global creative adaptation, Nara currently looks after the Creative Language Services department of translate plus, focusing on the strategic delivery of Groupe-specific transcreation projects and global implementation.

She has previously helped brands generate competitive results through strategic localisation with marketing campaigns, working for media agencies such as Tag Worldwide, Havas, BBH, Mother and Freedman on projects for world-leading brands including Nike, Canon, Intel, Google, Facebook, Jaguar Land Rover, Dove and many more. In 2021, Nara gained a Cannes Lions & WARC Masterclass in Marketing Strategy.

Nara loves all kinds of sports including snooker! She is also a Saracens Touch rugby player, an avid skier and a motorsports enthusiast, ready with the spanner when her son is out on the track.

Nicole Mayes

HR & Training Manager

Originally from Berlin, Nicole joined translate plus’ London office as a Project Coordinator in 2009 and a few years later moved into the HR department, where she currently works as an HR & Training Manager. Nicole holds a BA in Chinese & Linguistics and also an MA in Bilingual Translation from the University of Westminster. Spending time outdoors with her family is what she loves doing the most, as well as practicing martial arts, doing crochet, reading and enjoying stand-up comedy!

Nuno Raposo

Technical Operations Manager

Nuno started in the pre-press industry, being responsible for newspaper design departments at the age of 22, before he joined translate plus London. Nuno enjoys long family trips with his wife and two boys, as well as cooking and gardening! He also loves the countryside. Although a true Portuguese at heart, Nuno does not like hot weather and prefers the British weather instead!

Cristian-Laurentiu Necula

Technical Consultant

With vast experience in the translation industry, Cristian’s passion for technology has nurtured his interest in the latest tech trends and developments - from gadgets and cutting-edge software to consumer products and more B2B solutions. Since taking over the Technical Consultant role, Cristian’s focus shifted to finding new ways of improving translation workflows through the power of technology. He’s also an avid gamer and loves playing tennis, as well as exploring new hardware and gadgets!

Chiara Bellodi

Business Lead

With 8+ years of experience in client services and account management and an educational background in translation and interpreting, Chiara is currently responsible for driving new business opportunities on the Creative Language Services side of the business, as well as expanding existing ones within Publicis Groupe. When she is not discussing global adaptation and transcreation opportunities with different Publicis Groupe agencies, you’ll find her playing basketball (or football) with her teammates - or spending time with her two lovely young children and husband!

Alexandra Kravariti

Marketing Manager

Passionate about marketing and digital trends, Alexandra leads the marketing team’s activities including strategy, campaigns, brand design and comms. She previously studied Media & Comms in Athens, and then later on, Promotional Media at Goldsmiths, University of London as well as Film Curation and Programming at Birkbeck, University of London. Alexandra strongly believes in the power of collaboration combined with creativity to achieve inspiring work. Before joining translate plus, Alexandra worked at different creative design studios, as well as supporting independent short film productions in London. She’s a film buff and loves modern art, dogs and nature - especially Greek islands!

Arian Dehsorkhi

Software Development Director

Arian is a Software Development Director at translate plus, currently based in our London office. He holds a BSc in Computer Science with Games Technology from City University, London and has a long-standing interest in how software technologies are built and work. During his free time, he enjoys playing video games and watching films!

Atanas Pashov

Finance Manager

Atanas started his career path in the US with Work and Travel exchange student programs – this is when he discovered his passion for Finance. After graduating with a master’s degree in Accounting, he took the opportunity and joined the translate plus Sofia family. When he is not dealing with invoices, numbers and spreadsheets, he spends his time with his family and friends.

David Brett

Sales Director

David is our Sales Director at translate plus. He has 12 years of experience in building high-performing global sales teams in the localisation industry.  He oversees the new business sales team and is responsible for achieving our ambitious growth targets.

Valentina Corbani

Head of Talent & Vendor Management

Valentina, originally from Italy, began her UK journey in 2011 through an Erasmus program at the University of Warwick. She later returned in 2013 for an MA in Translation Studies, which ignited her passion for translation. Valentina's translation career spans various agencies, where she excelled and honed expertise in vendor management and in-house recruitment across multiple regions (EMEA, UK, APAC, LATAM and MEA). She now serves as Head of Talent & Vendor Management at translate plus, overseeing vendor management and leading in-house talent recruitment efforts. Beyond her career, Valentina seeks adventure, exploring new lands, experimenting with cuisine, practising reformer Pilates, and discovering new dining experiences.

Beatriz Romero

Assistant Operations Manager

With a foundation in translation and interpreting cultivated in Spain, Beatriz began her journey in the translation industry back in 2006. In 2011, she became an integral part of the London Operations team at translate plus, initially as a Project Manager, then Team Manager and now as an Assistant Operations Manager.

Beatriz considers herself a language geek, a true testament to her academic pursuits in German and English, coupled with her ongoing self-teaching journey in Greek. Beyond the realm of languages, she loves exploring the world through her travels!

Sales & marketing

Our highly qualified team of business consultants and account managers are the first people you will speak to at translate plus. They make sure you receive the tailored approach you are looking for in a cost-effective way. They each specialise in certain industry verticals, so you are guaranteed to speak with someone who knows your sector inside out. And they dress rather well, too! When it comes to marketing, we ensure the smooth-running of regular industry events, we keep our web, social media and PR presence up-to-date, and we create case studies, fact sheets, brochures and other documentation on an ongoing basis.


Our project management teams represent the central point of our service offering, always going the extra mile, making sure our clients receive the highest quality service and results. What they don’t know about managing projects isn’t worth knowing! Our project managers are friendly, professional and extremely organised and all have a strong linguistic background coupled with a high level of technical knowledge. Our in-house localisation engineering, QA (quality assurance), DTP (desktop publishing), linguistic resources and translator teams work closely with our project managers for the best possible results.

IT support & development

Our fantastic in-house developers ensure our clients receive truly bespoke technical solutions, no matter how challenging or ground-breaking they may need to be. They are the brains behind the regular enhancements you will see within i plus, our translation management system, as well as working on internal development tasks which often end up as industry-leading solutions. Backed up by solid IT infrastructure and desktop support, we are at the cutting edge of localisation technology.


Keeping a clear overview of finances is essential to running a sustainable and efficient business. Across credit control, accounts payable and accounts receivable functions, we use our internally developed applications and industry-standard accounting software to ensure invoices are issued in line with our clients' requirements, that suppliers are paid on time, and that any queries are handled promptly and professionally. Staff payroll, pensions administration and bank reconciliation are just some of the other responsibilities which our accounts team handle smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

HR & administration

Our smallest – though hugely important! – team ensures that translate plus runs smoothly as a professional workplace in line with laws and regulations as well as the requirements of the ISO 9001 and ISO 17000 standards. From hiring the best possible talent and organising our company away-weekends to delivering ongoing training and keeping us all stocked up on fresh fruit, they have a positive impact on all areas of the business.

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