A female tech-led team
A female tech-led team
Jurga Zilinskiene is the Founder and CEO of Guildhawk.
Jurga founded the business in 2001 while still at university and using her own savings. Since then, her leadership has seen the company grow and spread across 4 continents. A self-taught coder, Jurga has personally led the development of many of Guildhawk’s technological solutions and offerings herself.
Early in her career, Jurga was awarded the Shell LiveWIRE award for young entrepreneurs. The judging panel clearly saw Jurga’s potential at the time, as her continued business success saw her invited back in 2015 to judge that year’s competition.
Jurga has attended Harvard Business School and the University of London. In 2019, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth honoured Jurga with membership of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for International Trade.
Our Chairman, Ian Miller MBE, splits his time between the UK and USA. A Scottish Chartered Accountant by profession, his expertise is in management consultancy and senior leadership at global Information Technology companies.
He has held executive roles at various multi-billion-dollar energy and technology corporations including Hewlett-Packard, Electronic Data Systems, and NTT Data. He has led businesses across Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific and driven exceptional performance and growth. Ian has particular expertise in M&A strategy, execution and integration.
A Commander with the police reserve and member of the Honourable Artillery Company, he has built relationships between military and law enforcement organisations across the globe. In 2008, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II honoured Ian with membership of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for Service to Policing.
Arun Chauhan is our External Legal Counsel and Board Member, and also provides specialist advice to our clients on promoting ethical standards, regulatory compliance and litigation.
A practising solicitor, Arun is one of very few to be awarded an International Compliance Association expert level post graduate qualification (Prof. PGDip(FCC)) in financial crime compliance. A former head of the commercial fraud team of a top 20 UK law firm he is the founder and a director of Tenet Compliance & Litigation, a boutique practice dealing with financial crime compliance and investigations.
He is a Trustee Director of the Fraud Advisory Panel charity, the voice of the counter-fraud community and frequently appears as a guest expert on BBC Television.
David Clarke is Director and Head of Integrity & Multilingual Due Diligence services in the consultancy arm of Guildhawk in the City of London and Sheffield, and provides multilingual research, advisory and language services to corporate clients across the globe.
He leads a multi-disciplinary team of security specialists and works with international clients to protect their brands and data and avoid falling victim to crime. To mitigate the risks that are often unseen in multilingual supply chains, he pioneered AMLiss™, a 3-tier regulatory compliance solution to identify red flags in multilingual contracts and other written and verbal business communications.
As the Head of the City of London Police Fraud Squad he was responsible for designing and leading the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). As Chairman of the independent Fraud Advisory Panel, David established and led the COVID-19 Fraud Watch Task Force to protect businesses during the pandemic. He is a regular commentator on BBC Television and The Times newspaper.
Steve has 26 years’ commercial management experience, with the last 18 years in software-as-a-service and digital transformation.
He has held executive leadership roles with 4Projects, Viewpoint and Mandata – all PE-backed SaaS companies who delivered significant growth, leading them through 5 successful PE funding rounds, a trade sale and 3 acquisitions
Rita is our Head of Client Business Transformation and leader of our account management teams. Based at our head office in the City of London, her international corporate client base includes global blue-chip companies in the energy, heavy engineering, e-learning and retail industries. She helps clients introduce seamless communication workflows using the latest human and translation software technologies.
As part of her leadership position, Rita is an executive coach, mentoring young people through our internal talent management programme.
Rita is fluent in English and Lithuanian and studied marketing, holding a BA from London Metropolitan University.
Claire Brown is Guildhawk’s Head of Operations. Her passion for information management and detail orientation ensures a solution-focused approach to business.
Claire’s background in psychology (Postgraduate Diploma from The Open University) and project management (APMP Certified) helps our team to continually develop and ensures that our processes and general business practices are consistently excellent. She is responsible for the implementation and management of Guildhawk’s ISO 9001 quality and ISO 27001 information security certifications. Claire holds degrees from the University of Leicester and The Open University.
As our Head of Client Services, Kasia helps global corporate clients to introduce human and software enabled translation workflows that create better results and help clients do more business.
Before Guildhawk, her background was in customer care and management of multilingual teams for clients such as John Lewis, Mothercare, and Ralph Lauren – where she was announced Manager of the Year.
Kasia holds a Master’s degree in Italian Language and Culture from The University of Glasgow and has also studied at Bologna University.
As our Marketing Manager, Valerie is responsible for customer relationship management, brand management, content creation, and communications.
Before this, Valerie worked with us as a Senior Project Manager, taking care of a number of our key clients and their projects.
Valerie holds a BA in Language & Cultural Studies from University College Cork, and an MA in Literary Translation from the University of East Anglia.
Estefanía is one of the most experienced members of the Guildhawk team. Her deep knowledge of the language industry, sectors expertise and machine translation software products enable her to advise clients on the best solutions available. She is a mentor and advisor to Project Managers and linguists and takes a proactive role in promoting careers available to young people entering the language industry.
As well as heading project management and resourcing, Estefanía also oversees complex life sciences projects.
Estefanía holds a BA in Language Interpretation and Translation from University Pablo de Olavide (Sevilla, Spain) and is APM certified.
A graduate of our internal academy, Giorgia undertook all aspects of project management at Guildhawk before settling into her current role as Head of Projects. In this role she oversees Guildhawk’s current technical human and machine translation software offering to guarantee clients achieve the best results possible. She works closely with our experts in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and software development and operations. This group is responsible for introducing new translation software innovations powered by Guildhawk’s private multilingual data lake.
Giorgia is an APMP-qualified Project Manager and holds two translation degrees: a BA and an MA from the University of Turin, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Specialised Translation from London Metropolitan University.
Ksenija is our Head of Quality Standards, monitoring business performance and KPI reporting. Working with the management team, her focus is on strategy implementation and responsibility for legal and corporate compliance, including change and incident management, internal and external audits, and monitoring attainment of company objectives.
Ksenija holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from University College London, and a Master’s degree in Law from Vilnius University, Lithuania.
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