JMR Language Services Limited is run by Janine Roberts, who translates from Swedish, French and German to English. Experienced technical editor Sandy Morrison provides technical advice, revises completed texts and can also act as a technical writer in various contexts.
Our experience is summarised below. A separate page gives our qualifications in more detail.
Janine has been working as a professional translator for 30 years. Initially she specialised mainly in the translation of technical texts from French and German to English but in the past ten years she has spent a large proportion of her time translating automotive and railway texts from Swedish to English.
She also revises texts written by non-
Janine graduated in 1975 with upper second class honours having studied French and German. She then went on to study Swedish part time and took the Institute of Linguists Final Diploma in Swedish in 1982, obtaining distinctions on four of the five the exam papers.
In the early years after graduation she worked for Hepworth and Grandage in Bradford. Anyone interested in classic cars will probably have heard of the Hepolite piston manufactured by the company.
She joined the company in 1976 as a technical translator and over a period of ten years took on various roles in export sales and shipping. The company manufactured engine components and castings for the automotive industry and gave Janine a good grounding in the technical terminology so necessary to her current work.
More recently Janine has taken a great interest in the translation tools used by translators to assist in their work and has given talks on translation tools and has been interviewed by Tess Whitty of Marketing Tips for Translators.
She is also very involved in terminology work and gave a talk to the ITI East Midlands Regional Group in October 2015 on terminology. This aroused considerable interest, so that she was asked to give the same presentation to the ITI London Regional Group (April 2016). The photograph below shows the East Midlands presentation.
Sandy graduated from Edinburgh University with a BSc degree in Physics and Mathematics. After a number of years in different jobs he moved to the paint industry, working for eight years in research, development and quality control for two industrial paint companies in Birmingham (both factories now closed).
He then worked for six years in a technical capacity for the major German coatings raw materials supplier Henkel (this business area was subsequently divested as Cognis and has now become part of BASF).
In 1995, he moved into Business to Business publishing, becoming the Technical Editor then Editor of Polymers Paint Colour Journal. After a short spell as Editor on another coatings journal he became a freelance editor and writer in various roles:
Across these journals, he has worked in many different roles, carrying out virtually every editorial task at one time or another.
However, his main expertise is in editing and revision of technical texts, abstracting and reporting on events such as technical conferences and exhibitions (with accompanying photographs; some of his photos can be found on his flickr page).