Professional Experience

Catia Pinca-Smith started her professional interpreting and translation career back in 1985 whilst studying at the University of Innsbruck where she obtained her Master’s degree in simultaneous interpretation and translation. In 1987 Catia moved to the U.K. and carried on working as a freelance interpreter and translator and taught Italian and German in private companies, at the University of Bournemouth and the University of Westminster (consecutive and simultaneous interpreting).

Interpreting experience

Catia has provided interpreting services all over Europe in a wide range of situations including conferences, business meetings, official events, client visits, product launches, press conferences, cultural events, presentations, video-conferencing, teleconferencing, television programmes and court proceedings. She has gained extensive experience in:

  • Simultaneous interpreting
  • Consecutive interpreting
  • Whispering interpreting
  • Liaison interpreting
  • Business interpreting
  • Court and public service interpreting
  • Telephone interpreting
  • Live TV

working in numerous fields for local SMEs, international companies, UK government departments, European agencies and various associations as indicated below:

Automotive - Rolls Royce, Landrover, Jaguar, BMW, Ford, General Motors, etc.

Courts, Government Bodies and International Institutions – Bournemouth Police, Bournemouth Social Services, Crown Court, Magistrates Court, Royal Court of Justice, Brighton and Hove Council, Bournemouth Council, Home Office, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Defence, Foreign Office, Home Office, Grain Council, The British Council, Italian Trade Commission, Italian Cultural Institute, EPRC (European Policies Research Centre), EFMA, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, IKK, COSAC, IBIS,

Eurojust and Europol in The Hague, EESC (European Economic and Social Committee), ENIFL, ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts).

Solicitors firms – McPhersons, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith, Clyde & Co., Carnelutti, etc.

Industrial - Fata Limited (conveyor belts), Pilkington (glass), JCB (earth removing machinery), Toro and Husqvarna (lawn movers), Baxi (boilers), Panasonic (white and brown goods), Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, KwikFit, Electrolux (white goods), GKN (aerospace and other products), ICI, Textron, Kingfisher, Crown (can and bottle closures), Pirelli, Finmeccanica, Eni, BP, Ingersol Rand, Alstom (transport), Bombardier, IMI, and many others.

Computers, printers and IT – Xerox, Fujitsu, Canon, Nokia, IBM, Sun Microsystems Microsoft.

Banking and financial - Goldman Sachs, ING, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Amundi, Schröder, Fideuram, Dexia, Bloomberg, Unicredit, UBS, ABN AMRO, Bird & Bird.

Insurance – Generali, Victoria, Lloyds of London, Pramerica.

Fashion – Clarks, Ben Sherman, Nike, Adidas, Marina Rinaldi, Firetrap, Levis, GHD.

Sport – Uefa (David Bernstein, Michel Platini), FA, Inter Milan, IRB (International Rugby Board), ERC (European Rugby Cup), Celtic Rugby Limited, Six Nations, Alan Robert (the French Spider Man) and UCI (International Cycling Union), WADA.

Food and drink industry – Bacardi Martini, Glenlivet, Ferrero, Dolmio, Napolina, Kelloggs, Kraft.

Focus groups - Ferrero, Barilla, Berio, Dolmio, Napolina, Domestos and for other products.

Industrial relations – GMB, Verdi, EMF, IMF, Unison and other trade union organisations, European Works Council (EWC), FP CGIL (Rossana Dettori).

Live TV - CNN (Berlusconi speech to the Parliament after the death of Calipari and for the Vatican, Angelus in St. Peter’s Square)

Skynews (Berlusconi speech to the Parliament about the Italian economic situation in 2011), Herbalife, Bloomberg (Bernanke, Greenspan, Trichet, Duisenberg) and other TV broadcasters.

I have also interpreted at various G8 meetings (Gordon Brown, Margaret Beckett, Patricia Hewlett, Giuseppe Pisanu, Franco Frattini, Boris Johnson, Ken Livingston and other ministers), for the Italian Navy and Prince Leopold of Bavaria. My services are also used in conferences organised by AIIC (International Association of Conference Interpreters) members.

Translation experience

Catia has been providing translation services since 1985 and has gained extensive knowledge and experience in a wide range of subject areas including:

  • Commercial
  • Business
  • Financial
  • Legal
  • Public Relations & Marketing
  • IT, Computing and Telecommunications
  • Technical
  • Patents
  • Medical, Scientific and Pharmaceutical
  • EU matters
  • Certificates and Diplomas
  • Videogames
  • Insurance
  • Industrial relations

Her translation services have been used by SMEs, multinational companies, UK government departments and courts, social services, European agencies and international organisations.

During her long career spanning over almost 30 years, Catia provided translations of documents of any kind, letters, corporate profiles, financial updates, annual reports, financial statements, prospectuses, presentations of financial instruments, insurance policies, human resources policies and documents, contracts, witness statements, agreements, board minutes, Memorandum and Articles of Association, tenders, terms and conditions, anti-bribery and privacy policies, code of conducts, court documentation, wills, brochures, newsletters, ads, websites, corporate presentations, slogans, market research questionnaires, manuals, software, websites, drawings, wiring diagrams, data sheets, facts sheets, product sheets, guides, instructions, health and safety regulations, summary of product characteristics, package leaflets, medical marketing documentation, diagnostic kits, market research questionnaires, medical equipment and procedures, medical-legal reports, patient questionnaires, documentation and reports for European agencies, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, degrees, personal documents, articles, press releases, leaflets and many other types of documents in other fields including automotive, mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, optics, dentistry, sewage disposal, economics, politics, accountancy, advertising, tourism and many more.

Proof-reading

Proof-reading a translation is vital to ensuring high standards of quality and improving readability for the target audience. Catia has been working for many years as a proof-reader for local and international companies.

Teaching

Catia has provided teaching services to private individuals, business people, corporate employees, the Dorset Business Centre, Bournemouth University and taught simultaneous and consecutive interpreting (Ger/Eng. into Italian) at the University of Westminster.

Voice-over

For many years Catia provided translation and voice-over services for corporate training videos.

Telephone interpreting

Catia has used her interpreting skills to aid communication between several parties over the phone in situations where people need to discuss business, conduct market research or interviews but do not have the opportunity, whether for practical or financial reasons, to meet face to face.

Membership of Professional Associations

Catia has been a Member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI), as a translator and as a conference interpreter, since 1995 and Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) since 1989.