Innovation / Managing Director
Interpreter International Ltd
Interpreter International has grown rapidly to become a market leader in the provision of Audio Tour Guide products and support services. From the smallest venue to the largest site, Interpreter systems are used throughout the world at some of the most sacred and historical venues, including; D-Day Museum, Royal Yacht Britannia, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Hong Kong Art Gallery, Palazzo dei Dogi and Pompeii.
- Headhunted on a consultancy basis by Soundalive (the precursor to Interpreter), following the successful invention and development of the InterpreterTM, in order to establish and prepare the product for worldwide sales exposure. Appointed to Managing Director in 1994 to oversee the entirety of commercial operations, successfully directing corporate growth to £4m annual turnover at peak performance.
- Successfully raised extensive continuous capital investments of approximately £1m per annum in order to secure raw production materials of over 400 components per unit from the Far East and further develop the business to attract a major client base from within the heritage, leisure and tourism industry.
- Recruited, managed and trained a team of 35 permanent direct reports and a further 50 contract staff and oversaw sales, marketing, production, business development, finance, operations and HR functions.
- Developed intensive sales and development strategies, resulting in significant growth in product promotion and development; secured entire client base through extensive business development techniques including the Queens Gallery in Buckingham Palace, the D-Day Museum commemorating the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings where over 36,000 visitors used the system in just one week, and many of the world's leading Museums, Historic Houses, Palaces, Castles, Parks and Gardens, Ships, Visitors Centres, Battlefields, Factories, and Trade organisations and Exhibitions.