Meet the team – Paul

With years of experience in Account Management, Paul joins our Public Sector team, helping some of the UK’s biggest NHS trusts, councils and police forces with their foreign language requirements.

Why did you join Capita?

My role as Account Manager (Public Sector) gives me great exposure to working with government and NHS bodies, but also gives me insight into the world of interpreting and translation which I find very interesting, on a personal level. Capita is also a large, diversified company with great career progression possibilities.

What’s your background?

My background is in Territory/Account Management but for large, multi-billion dollar industrial corporations. My last role was as Territory Manager – UK, Ireland & Nordic.

Why did you want to work in the language industry?

I wanted to work in the language industry as I have a real interest in languages and wanted exposure to an industry where a service is sold rather than goods, as in my previous employment.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I will be 40 in 10 years’ time so that’s a really big question. I suppose as long as myself and my partner are happy and healthy, it doesn’t matter. Having said that, there are things I would like to accomplish career wise and personally. Perhaps more fit and healthy, having learned a language to proficiency and maybe some good career progression too.

What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

My amazing and incredibly cute Labradoodle, Eleven. I have to be up to let her out. It’s a great way to start the day!

Do you speak any other languages?

I can speak some German and Spanish and can read, write and speak Hebrew to a beginner’s level. I keep meaning to further my language learning!

Who inspires you?

My partner, Dan inspires me the most. The way he will just do something that he doesn’t want to do, whereas I will procrastinate. There’s a lot to be said for the “just do it” motto when you’re putting off boring or challenging tasks.

Any funny language stories to share?

When I was walking through the Old City of Jerusalem, I passed a hot food stall with a man cooking some strange-looking meat. When I asked him what it was, he told me “mind of lamb”. I guessed he meant lamb’s brains. Needless to say, I didn’t try it!

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