The Team

First Edition Translations are one of the UK’s oldest established translation agencies, operating since 1981, we are a founder member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting.

Jerry

Jerry Froggett

Managing Director

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In February 2016 I was proud to assume the position of Managing Director at First Edition, and I concurrently serve as Director and Chief Executive at FE’s parent company, Cintra Language Services Group Ltd. First Edition holds a distinguished position in the language services industry, known for its superior quality and the trust it has garnered from our dedicated and long-term clients. My responsibility is to ensure that First Edition continues to deliver innovative, exceptional and dependable services in the future.

I live in Cambridge with my wife and son. Besides my passion for travelling, often to Austria, my ancestral home, I can often be found rooting for my favourite football team, Cambridge United, at the Abbey Stadium. I also thoroughly enjoy creative moments in the kitchen and take great pleasure in exploring the many wonderful things Cambridge has to offer.

Ana

Ana Grilo

Director / General Manager

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I am from Brazil and moved to the UK because of the weather (yes, really) and the food (no, seriously).

I joined First Edition in 2004 and since 2023 I am the team’s Overlord (actual title: Director / General Manager )

I am passionate about Netflix, reading, writing, travelling, cooking vegan food, and being there for my team and our clients.

Jim

James Wright

CFO

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I am James, an ACCA qualified accountant with over two decades of experience in the finance sector. My career has seen me in various roles, from being an auditor to serving as a management accountant, where I specialised in working with hedge funds and biotech companies. Over five years ago, I made the decision to join First Edition and its parent company Cintra as the financial controller for both companies. I am proud to say that I have since risen to the position of a Director within both companies as I continue to contribute to its continued success.

When I’m not working, I’m a big sports and music fan with Football and Rock music being my preferences and when I can find the time I like to go travelling too.

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Svetlana Hilder

Project Manager

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After completing a BA in English Studies and a MA in Conference Interpreting in Bulgaria, I relocated to the UK where I joined our parent company Cintra in 2012, initially working on translation projects for the criminal justice sector.

Currently, I work mainly with pharmaceutical and life sciences clients, assisting them with complex pharmacovigilance and compliance translation projects and linguistic validation.

I have always been fascinated by languages and linguistics (even after 15 years in the industry!), and I am also interested in psychology, medicine and biology.

In my free time I used to enjoy travel, reading, films, music, food and a good glass of wine or ale. Currently, as a parent to two very young children, I have no spare time and instead enjoy rediscovering the world through their eyes and learning about child development and psychology and strategies for raising bilinguals.

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Melanie Fitzgerald

Project Manager

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When I finished my MA in English, German and Art History in 2003 at the University of Osnabrück/Germany, all I wanted to do was move to England.

My path led me to First Edition in 2008, where I have since been looking after a vast number of multifaceted projects in the Editorial Department. I work on publications for the arts and heritage sector, children’s fiction and non-fiction books, cookery titles and many other interesting projects.

Apart from language and literature, my main passion is music. I enjoy listening (and dancing) to a range of different genres, as well as playing the guitar and going to concerts.

I also love films, British comedy, boardgames, guinea pigs, Yoga and other forms of exercise.

I live in Letchworth Garden City with my husband and two daughters, and I enjoy travelling to Germany about three times a year to keep in touch with my family and friends.

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Laura Germaney

Project Manager

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I joined the delightful First Edition team in summer 2023 after previously working at other agencies as an in-house German-to-English translator and later project manager.

I look after commercial clients in a range of industries, primarily medical and pharmaceutical.

I’m based in the bustling city of Edinburgh and enjoy pursuing my hobbies, which include aerial acrobatics, ceramic painting, hiking, and reading – the list goes on!

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Brigitta Bacsai

Project Manager

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I am originally from Hungary and I have been living in the UK for much longer than I want to admit.

I joined First Edition during lockdown in 2020 with over 7 years’ experience in the localization industry. I am working on commercial and editorial projects and I love the technical challenges offered by some of the projects.

I’m passionate about dancing, music, nature and animals and also love to spend a lot of time outdoors with my dog as long as it’s not raining. I also do some volunteering for a homeless charity in my spare time and enjoy some studying and reading.

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Kasia Bidston

Head of Production

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I joined First Edition Translations in May 2023 to bolster the efforts of both the commercial and editorial teams.

I hold dual Master’s degrees; one in British Literature and Culture, and another in Applied Linguistics. My journey into localization commenced during a student placement and has since seen me contribute to numerous language solution providers, accruing invaluable experience across both public and private sectors.

Outside of work, I’m an avid photographer and photo editor. I find solace in playing classical guitar and delving into literature on psychology and neuroscience. Each morning, I dedicate time to meditation and yoga, fostering a centered mindset for the day ahead. Additionally, I ardently support my sons’ football teams, witnessing their growth with unwavering passion.

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