Meet our team

We are a close-knit team of linguists, united by our passion for language and international communication. We care deeply about creating meaningful and impactful translations that help our clients succeed in the European marketplace. Our in-house team currently consists of English, German and French native speakers from Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK.

Anja Jones

Managing Director

Equipped with a degree in Linguistics and French from Sussex University and 10 years’ experience working in a variety of sectors including tourism and hospitality, financial risk assessment, logistics, administration and event management, Anja started AJT in 2010 with the aim of helping companies to access overseas markets.

Anja is a strong advocate of encouraging young language talent into the translation industry, and believes it’s important to nurture the next generation of professional human translators.

In her spare time, Anja loves to surf and spend time on the beach.

Mark Jones

Business Development Director

After graduating with a degree in Sports Science and Leisure Management, Mark started his career in the late nineties in advertising sales, quickly working his way up to Key Accounts Manager for New Scientist, Europe’s largest science publication. He then moved into business development, working both for start-ups as well as established companies looking to increase their client base.

Mark brings creativity and commercial expertise to our team. Drawing on his extensive experience in sales and business development, he makes sure we stay on track and on trend with our product offering.

Mark is a keen surfer and, when there’s no surf, loves going fishing on his kayak.

Nikki Cowland

Office Manager

Nikki joined AJT armed with 20 years’ admin experience, a degree in Spanish and French and a PGCE under her belt. Having worked in local media, executive search, law firms, and as a language tutor and proofreader, she brings a wide-ranging skill set to the team. Nikki loves all things language and would love to learn German next.

Since her arrival, Nikki has fully streamlined AJT’s accounting and payroll processes for clients and freelance translators. She works closely with Anja to continuously develop and update HR and office procedures for the in-house team, and organises great Christmas outings – she’s the glue that holds the office together! No two days at AJT headquarters are the same, and that’s what she loves.

Cornwall is Nikki’s home turf, Newquay her home town, and she is passionate about both. If she’s not out walking the coast path, soaking up the sun or splashing about in the sea you’ll probably find her in the kitchen planning her next culinary creation.

Sarah Steib-Weber

Project Manager French & Dutch, Group Project Manager

Sarah started her language career with a German degree at Lyon University followed by a degree in Business and Languages at Brighton University. During and after her studies she worked at American Express, where amongst other things she focused on process optimisation, as well as project and people management.

Having been part of the AJT family since the beginning, she manages all aspects of our English to French and Dutch translation projects from her office in Lyon.

Sarah is passionate about the environment, loves cooking for friends and family and is planning on building up her own little veggie patch. She has passed on her passion for languages to her daughter whom she strives to bring up in a multi-cultural environment. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys travelling to discover new cultures, reading in the company of her cats, and practising yoga.

Esteban Hack

Project Manager German & English

Esteban looks after our translation projects from English into German.

Originally from Germany, he’s quite the globetrotter: he’s lived in France, the USA and the UK, and speaks fluent German and English. He also has a good working knowledge of French.

Esteban is a keen surfer and ocean lover, and graduated from Plymouth University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Sports Science in 2016.

Surfing is actually his second love, the first being music, especially the heavier niches of metal music. He’s very passionate about it and it takes up a lot of his spare time, whether that’s making music himself, going to concerts or festivals, or just staying up to date with what’s happening in the various scenes.

Ariane Bauer

Project Manager, European and non-European languages

Ariane hails from North-Eastern France where she completed a BA in Modern Languages (English and French) followed by a Master’s degree in Professional Translation at the University of Strasbourg in 2016.

Before joining AJT, Ariane worked as a translation project manager in Nottingham where she honed her multitasking and organisational skills. She enjoys working in a fast-paced environment organising multilingual projects. Ariane is responsible for a variety of our direct client projects translating from and into English, as well as our DTP (desktop publishing) services.

Ariane is a food lover. Baker at heart, she enjoys keeping the team fed with various pastries, biscuits and cakes. She hits the gym regularly to limit the damage of the sugar overload.

Alicia Pretot

French Translator

Alicia grew up near Besançon in the French region of Franche-Comté. She completed her Master’s degree in translation at the Institute of Translators, Interpreters and International Relations in Strasbourg where she graduated in 2016. With a specialisation in technical and literary translation, Alicia is interested in new technologies as well as arts, and in her spare time she enjoys illustrating and writing.

Having visited Cornwall before she arrived at AJT, Alicia was really excited to come to live and work in this region where she is able to revisit her favourite places, such as the Eden Project and St Ives to name but a few.

Lucie Gravier

French Junior Translator

Also from Franche-Comté, Lucie too has a Master’s degree in Technical Translation from the Institute of Translators, Interpreters and International Relations in Strasbourg.

A head-over-heels Anglophile, Lucie loves to immerse herself in all things English. In fact, before settling on a translation career, a life as an English teacher was seriously on the cards.

Lucie is a lover of the outdoors and has inherited a passion for travel from her parents. She has already visited many far-flung corners of the world – Newquay and Cornwall included.

Christine Gratt

German Junior Translator

Hailing from the Tyrol in Austria, Christine joins us equipped with BAs and MAs in Translation Studies and Linguistics from the University of Innsbruck – two of each, no less! Christine’s love of linguistics has seen her study numerous languages during her time at Innsbruck. In addition to core languages of English, Spanish and of course her native German, there’s Chinese, Dutch, Norwegian and Turkish, too.

Christine loves baking and the outdoor lifestyle. She can be seen walking our beautiful coast path and is keen to get out on the mountain bike trails as soon as possible. There’s yoga and badminton too, and she’s keen to try her hand at surfing.

Nadine Rieser

German Junior Translator

With a BA in Multilingual Communication, an MA in Translation and Technologies from the University of Geneva, a stint working as a project manager for a translation company in Lausanne, experience teaching English and German to children and young people, and an earlier background working in the book industry, Nadine has a good understanding not only of the translation industry and of business in general, but also of language and the doors it can open for young people: she brings a great many strengths to our team!

Nadine is also a dedicated fitness enthusiast and already a committed member of the local gym, where she can be seen flexing her weightlifting muscles.