translation services for publishers

Robin Bennett - Founder and Managing Director 

Robin founded The Aktuel Translation Group (incorporating Quarto) in London in 1992, after graduating from London University (Royal Holloway) with a degree in Modern Languages.


Aktuel Translations has grown steadily since to be one of the most 

respected technical translation agencies in the world and was recognised by the Who’s Who of British Business as one of the fastest growing companies in the UK in 2003. Robin also writes books and lectures on Entrepreneurship.


Married with 3 children, he will play just about any sport (poorly) when time allows.

Charlie Homewood - Senior Project Director 

Charlie Homewood finished his degree in French and German at the University of Durham in 2012 and has been our Senior Project Director since August 2013, being primarily involved in an operational role: namely quoting, sourcing translators, quality control and business development.


Charlie also acts as a director and security controller for our sister company, Aktuel Translations UK Ltd.


Charlie’s interests include cricket, squash, acoustic guitar and irony.

Rhianna Cearns - Senior Project Manager and In-house Translator 

Rhianna graduated from the University of Oxford in 2016 having studied German. Her particular highlights included the literature of East Germany and all kinds of translation, including from Medieval and Early New High German.

Rhianna has joined our team as a project manager and translator.


When not in the office, she can usually be found rowing or baking.

Catherine O'Sullivan - In-house Translator 

Originally from France, Catherine moved to the UK in September 2016 with her family. She has been working for Aktuel Translations since that time.

Catherine graduated from the University of Toulouse with a Master’s in translation. She also gained another Master’s in Training Management from the University of Evry. She has worked in publishing, training and e-learning in Paris.

Her role at Aktuel involves translating and proofreading English and German documents into French.

Married with two children, Catherine enjoys discovering new places, doing yoga and going on adventures with her children.

Rosanna McDermott - Project Manager and In-house Translator

Rosanna, or Zanna as she prefers to be known, graduated from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh in 2017 having studied French. She particularly enjoyed the translation courses and cultural studies of her degree, the former of which she is enjoying making use of in her work as a translator and project manager. 

When Zanna is not in the office, she enjoys dancing, drawing and trips to the theatre, and this year she hopes to finish writing her first book.

Kathrin Ellwanger - Project Manager and In-house Translator

Kathrin is originally from Germany and joined Aktuel as an intern in January 2018.


She became a full-time member of the team in April 2018 after having completed her Master’s Degree in Translation, studying English and French.

Her current tasks involve translating English and French documents into German, proofreading and project management.

Kathrin enjoys travelling, running and drawing.

Francesca Scaccabarozzi - Project Manager and In-house Translator

Francesca is from Italy and graduated from the University of Bergamo in 2016 with a Master’s Degree in foreign languages and literature (focusing on English, French).

In 2014, she spent a semester as an exchange student in the US, and after working in translation for a couple of years in Italy, she came to the UK in May 2018.

She enjoys reading, watching movies, travelling and running.

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