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Carina Balbo

A linguist and educationalist at heart, from an early age, Carina’s love for languages led her to pursue a degree in Translation and in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. She worked part-time as a freelance translator and full-time as an English teacher at several Language Institutes and Secondary Schools teaching English and English Literature, as well as at the University of Cordoba as an EAP and ESP Tutor.

After moving to the UK, Carina gained an MA in Applied Linguistics & TESOL at the University of Leicester, with a dissertation on Bilingualism and Language Acquisition. Due to family commitments, she decided to embrace translation as a full-time career, and started being involved in assessment. Carina is currently an IELTS examiner at Anglia Ruskin University, and a Spanish examiner for AQA, the International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge International Examinations. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, and a Member of Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) since 2007. In 2010, Carina became a Certified Localisation Professional (via TILP), was awarded an MA (Merit) in Management by the London Metropolitan University in 2012, became a Chartered Linguist (Translator) (Education) in 2015, and Member of the CIOL Council since March 2017.

Carina has combined her skills and over 20 years’ experience in the translation industry and in foreign language teaching, and co-founded My Language Hub Ltd., an LSP, where she sits as the Managing Director.

Carina is also a IAPTI member and part of the ProZ Mentoring Team as an English-Spanish specialist. She enjoys her duties as Governor of her local school, where she is linked to various areas such as SEND, More Able, MFL and EAL.

Carina is convinced that foreign language skills are paramount to being able to compete in today’s international market, which is why she believes foreign languages should be taught early in schools, with an emphasis on enjoyment, rather than attainment.

 Hugh Ottewell

A former British Army Infantry Officer, Hugh initially gained his experience and knowledge of all things Hispanic by means of a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies.

He passionately believes that high quality translation and language delivery are essential elements for the global market.  Hugh feels that it is not just what you are saying but how you say it that really counts.  He underpins the concept that technology can currently assist enormously but the human factor will still provide the necessary polish required to produce first class products.

A fluent Spanish speaker with working French and a knowledge of Portuguese, Hugh has developed a wealth of cultural understanding of the Hispano-Luso world. Hugh is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and a Chartered Linguist (CL), as well as a Spanish examiner for the International Baccalaureate, AQA, and Cambridge International Examinations.

As the Executive Director at My Language Hub Ltd., Hugh is in a unique position to confidently guide clients along the process of defining the requirement through to end-product.

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