Meet the team
Apart from being passionate about translation and the many other topics related to it, the people who work at Comms are the ones who make the company what it is. Read a little bit more about each of our staff members below.
President & CEO
Sue Orchard is the President/CEO and founder of the company. Her professional life has been spent in International Sales and Marketing. Sue is a languages graduate in German and Russian, has a good knowledge of French and Spanish, and a working understanding of most European languages.
Sue is a member of several professional organisations, including the Chartered Institute of Linguists, International Test Commission, the Chartered Institute of Sales and Marketing Management and the Institute of Directors.
Sonia Sala is our Operations Director, with responsibility for ensuring that all our projects run smoothly. Sonia is a Spanish national, who has a Degree in Translation and Interpreting from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain in English, Italian and Danish. She also has some knowledge of Portuguese and German.
Sonia is an excellent manager of people and really enjoys running the Operations Department. It is her job to ensure that projects run on time, to budget and to the satisfaction of our clients!
Graham Morris is our Technical Director, with responsibility for our overall IT strategy and systems.
Graham has many years’ experience in a variety of IT roles. He also provides assistance in the area of financial analysis and pops up at the ATP conference every year in the USA.
Manda Patel handles our administration and she is a native Gujarati speaker.
Her team is responsible for dealing with all our payments to suppliers and for handling our linguists’ database. Manda brings with her a wealth of experience in administration and the financial area.
SVP Business Development & Marketing, USA & Canada
Cicek Svensson is Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for the US and Canada at Comms Multilingual, and is based in Miami, Florida. She is an Industrial/Organisational psychologist and is responsible for our international business development.
Cicek is fluent in several languages and has rich international experience with a focus on Europe. She has lived and worked in Sweden, Turkey and the U.S.
Cicek regularly attends conferences and has presented at both national and international conferences. Aside from her involvement within ATP (The Association of Test Publishers), she is currently serving her second term as Chair of the E-ATP Division and was the 2015 Chair of the I/O Division. She is also an active member of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, the International Test Commission, and the International Society for Performance Improvement.
Sales Manager, Europe
Sam Whatley comes from the South of England. He is an English native speaker, speaks fluent French and Spanish and has some knowledge of Portuguese. He holds a BA in French and Spanish, and an MA in Translation Theory and Practice.
Sam is responsible for our clients in the UK and Europe. He is well known to many clients already, having previously worked as a Project Manager before moving into the account management role. Sam is also our technical guru and loves working with our clients to optimise their more technical translation processes.
Karolina Cisek-Ndlovu comes from Poland. She holds an MA degree in English Studies from UMCS in Poland, and an MA in Translation from the University of Surrey.
Always curious about the world and how things work, she has a particular interest in science, technology and computing, which is why she concentrated on scientific and technical translation and translation technology during her studies. With a can-do attitude, she loves challenges and takes pleasure in finding solutions to problems.
Annalisa Di Nicola
Senior Project Manager
Annalisa Di Nicola comes from Sicily, Italy, where she graduated from the Advanced School for Translators and Interpreters. She also holds an MSc in Technical, Scientific, Audiovisual and Medical Translation from Imperial College, London.
She has lived and worked in Spain and France for extended periods of time before moving to the UK. She is an experienced subtitler and a language enthusiast with a genuine interest in and passion for translation, especially in the audiovisual field.
Gabriella started working at Comms in February 2014, and is an Italian native speaker who also speaks Spanish and French. She holds a BA in Modern Languages and Culture and an MA in International Communication.
Outside of project management, she enjoys working with words and is passionate about the way they convey and create new meanings by crossing linguistic borders. Gabriella likes to keep alive and share the enthusiasm for what she does; she enjoys puns, conversation exchanges and South American culture, and would never give up her good yoga sessions after work.
Laura is a native speaker of Galician and Spanish. She also speaks English, Portuguese and can understand a little Korean. She holds a BA in Translation and Interpreting and an MA in Multimedia Translation from the University of Vigo (Spain), and her passion is subtitling and audiovisual translation in general.
Having visited South Korea twice, she is interested in all aspects of Korean culture and hopes to learn the language properly.
Laura comes from northwest Spain and she is a native speaker of Spanish and Galician. She also speaks English and has some knowledge of French.
She received her BA in Translation and Interpreting in 2016 from the University of Vigo (Spain).
Kristina is a Russian native who also speaks English and German.
She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in translation at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
Lucy comes from the South East of England. She is a native English speaker, and speaks Spanish and French as well as some basic German and Portuguese.
She has a BSc in Tourism with Spanish from the University of Aberystwyth (Wales) and an MA in Translation Studies with Intercultural Communication from the University of Surrey.