World leading language services company has 50:50 gender split on Board

thebigword, one of the world’s largest technology-enabled translation and interpreting companies, has achieved what few other leading businesses manage – a perfect balance between men and women on its company Board.  And when it comes to length of service with the company, the women actually outrank the men, notching up a total of 65 years compared with the men’s 47 years.

The appointment of Karen Milner as Director of Human Resources means that the Board now has four men and four women.  Karen joined thebigword 10 years ago as a Project Manager and has worked her way through the company, taking on roles in Training and Learning and Development before becoming Head of Human Resources in 2012.

Karen has been responsible for the HR function through a period of high growth for thebigword when company revenue has increased from £10 million to £42 million and employee numbers from 150 to 500.  She has also spearheaded thebigword’s hugely successful Apprenticeship programme which has led to two awards and a commendation from the Deputy Prime Minister.

Karen Milner says:  “It’s a tremendous privilege and responsibility to be appointed a Member of the Board of thebigword.  I’m very excited at the opportunity to further develop the initiatives I’ve put in place on employee engagement, worldwide training and – very importantly – identifying leadership talent.  I have benefited from the company’s drive to nurture its employees and promote from within and I want to extend that opportunity to all our staff.”

Karen (pictured left) joins (left to right) Diane Cheesebrough, Chief Operating Officer; Bernadette Byrne, Client Services Director; Michele Gould, Main Board Director; Larry Gould, Chief Executive Officer; Matthew Toynton, Chief Financial Officer; Kenny Sendel, Group Chief Technical Officer; Josh Gould, Chief Commercial Officer.