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Providing language services for the public and private sectors since 1980, thebigword is a global provider of translation and interpreting in over 250 languages.

Board & Executive Team

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Larry Gould

Chief Executive Officer

The embodiment of true entrepreneurialism, Larry Gould has built thebigword brand from start-up to leading language technology business, now trusted by over 80% of the top 100 global brands and organisations world-wide.
His enthusiasm for business and the people who work within it are a key driving force behind the evolution of thebigword as the number one choice for language solutions.

“We believe that being able to speak and read in your customer’s language will soon be taken as the norm.”

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Michele Gould

Director and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility

Michele heads up the companies CSR committee which works to ensure we build our business for the long term by balancing social, environmental and economic considerations in the decisions we make.

“We’re proud of the work we are doing around the globe, and we ensure that our company is fully engaged with our hard working staff and with the communities we work in.”

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Marcus Mills

Chief Financial Officer

Marcus joined thebigword Board this year and brings a wealth of experience in the financial management of global businesses. He is focused on supporting growth and identifying opportunities which will secure a bright future for thebigword.

“I am delighted to join thebigword Board, contributing sound financial planning and guidance to help build a very exciting future”

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Joshua Gould

Global Corporate Strategy Officer and CEO, thebigword Americas

Leading the commercial strategy for thebigword, Joshua maximises revenue growth, securing new strategic avenues for the company to invest in. A champion of technology innovation, he is instrumental in the introduction of specialist language solutions that continue to transform thebigword commercial proposition.

“Our clients are helping to drive fantastic technology innovation within thebigword and the industry. I am focused on delivering a viable, future-facing commercial strategy for thebigword which delivers the solutions our clients are looking for.”

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Mark Clayton

Chief Technology Officer

Mark heads up a talented team responsible for delivering innovative and flexible technology for clients and linguists. As global communication becomes ever-more important, Mark ensures thebigword solutions are easily accessed by all.

“The pace of technology is fast and we always need to be ahead. I ensure that our innovations meet client and linguist needs, so that they are able to conduct business with us, effortlessly.”

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Mark Daley

Global Operations Director

Responsible for the design and delivery of the global client experience strategy, Mark ensures thebigword translation and interpreting operations run smoothly and efficiently.

“I’m passionate about ensuring we deliver a world class service to our clients around-the-clock. With a combination of talent and specialist technology we can work flexibly with our clients to provide irresistible solutions”

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Leanne Bottomley

Director of Global HR

Leanne is a senior HR generalist that has been operating at Director and Management level for over 10 years in private sector organisations. Her HR knowledge covers a broad spectrum of HR subjects however her particular strengths are in Learning and Development, Management Development and Leadership. She is responsible for championing the Global People Agenda and leading on all aspects of HR covering Employment Relations, Talent and Leadership Development, Recruitment, Commercial Training, Apprenticeships and Employee Engagement.

“I believe that our people are our biggest asset and I am passionate about giving them the skills and ability to help them succeed in their career with us.”

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Matthew Taylor

Director of Global Linguist Recruitment and Continual Improvement

Matthew leads the Global Linguist Recruitment and Engagement team, which encompasses all elements of Procurement, Supply Chain Management and Continuous Improvement. His passion for problem solving ensures processes are streamlined to deliver the best possible service.

“It is rewarding to be able to enhance people’s experiences, for our internal people, linguists and clients.”

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Clare Riches

Director of Defence Services

Clare was responsible for the creation of the Defence and International Security team in 2011 and has since led its expansion and development. Clare has ensured our contracts are not only 100% fulfilled, but are also constantly being updated and improved to deliver an unrivalled and cost effective service to our customers.

“The ability to communicate is key to bridging gaps between cultures. Our linguists are the backbone of our work, enabling allied partners to communicate effectively with one another in the pursuit of international security.”

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