Helen Robertson is a freelance business translator and editor, her main source languages being German and Dutch. After many years in Yorkshire, her business is now based in Ellon, just north of Aberdeen.
With almost 35 years of experience and with high-tech optical company Carl Zeiss and top management consultancy McKinsey & Company as previous employers, she has had the opportunity to gain insights into many fields. In the past few years Helen has specialised more and more in the translation of corporate communications including the annual report, press releases and other materials for a food industry company, image brochures for a bicycle manufacturer and a photographic specialist and advertising and other materials for a high-end luxury goods manufacturer.
Following an MA degree in German at St Andrews University and a post-graduate diploma in Vocational Techniques for Career Linguists at the University of Kent, Helen worked as a linguist in Germany for ten years. She returned to the UK in 1989 to complete an MBA at the Manchester Business School. Since 1992 she has run her own translation business, which morphed from a workstation in a spare bedroom at her parents’ home to a translation company employing several staff. She is now once more working from a spare bedroom, this time in her own home, but with a transformed client base and a far more specialised focus.
Helen Is a Fellow of ITI and of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has in the past served in several public roles, including being the coordinator of Yorkshire Translators and Interpreters for many years.