There has been yet more moving and shaking at First Edition over the summer. We were very sorry to say goodbye to Annabel who has moved on to a new career in Marketing Services. Annabel has been with First Edition since 2008, working as a Project Co-ordinator in the Editorial Department and as Office Manager since April 2010. She has been involved in some of our most exciting long-term projects and has certainly left some big shoes to fill!
But we are sure our newest recruit, Karima Sbitri, will indeed fill those big shoes. After studying Arabic and Politics as an undergraduate at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), Karima went on to complete a Masters in Theory and Practice of Translation. She has worked as an in-house translator for the leading international Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat for five years; translating opinion editorials, news items and features into English on a daily basis. In her free time Karima enjoys travelling and reading, particularly translated literature, and is about to embark on a creative writing course.
We also waved farewell to a long-standing friend of First Edition, our accountant Karin Tucker. Karin joined FE as General Manager in 2000, taking a step back from commercial operations in 2006 to handle the company accounts. She has now retired and is enjoying spending more time with husband Nigel, riding horses, practicing her flamenco and sharpening up her Spanish.
Hong Bian has taken over the accounting role and will be working mainly at FE but also helping out one day per week at our sister company, Primavera. Hong arrived in the UK from mainland China at the end of 1997. She moved to Cambridge, became a mother of two and a fully qualified member of the AAT. After 10 years working for the University of Cambridge and being Chairperson of the voluntary group ‘Chinese Families Together’, Hong has welcomed a new challenge and is delighted to join the team at FE.