Christopher Bourne Address: Flat 9, 5 Dingley Place, London EC1V

Christopher Bourne
Address: Flat 9, 5 Dingley Place, London EC1V 8BP
Telephone (landline):
0207 251 1140
Telephone (mobile):
075 6572 4756
Translator from French to English, Proofreader, Copy-Editor
Specialist areas for translations
 Legal (litigation, judgments, experts’ reports, witness statements, correspondence,
certificates, permits, town-planning, intellectual property, trademarks, patents, anticounterfeiting)
Contracts (employment, co-operation, intellectual property, agencies, mergers &
acquisitions, financing)
Financial (taxation, asset management, VAT, expats, remuneration packages)
Articles for academic journals legal, criminological, financial, etc.
Banking and fund management (prospectuses, annual reports, clearing and
Tourism (brochures, tourist attractions, heritage, history, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
and Events, hotels, restaurants, cafés, wine, beer, menus, cookery)
Photography (photographic books and exhibitions, techniques, photographer
interviews, history of photography)
Architecture (books, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, 19th & 20th century, contemporary,
heritage conservation, town-planning, interior design, furniture, decorative arts)
Music (composers, concert programmes, copyright, opera, musicals)
Sports (Olympic & Paralympic Games, picture copyright, professional standards)
Military (First World Wat commemorations, cemeteries, military installations and events)
Other Skills
 Proofreading and copy-editing text in English
 Simplification of technical data for a lay audience
 Copywriting: annual reports, websites, blogs, social media, recruitment, press articles,
client newsletters, employee/stakeholder information, CSR, speeches and presentations
 Press Releases, Press conferences, media spokesman, interviews, preparation of
 Chairing panel discussions (FR/EN), guided tours (FR/EN), guide for press tours (FR/EN)
Employment history / experience
2006-date: Freelance, with clients in Belgium, France and the UK, including law firms, Council
of Europe, tourist offices/boards/websites, art galleries, sports organisations, etc. (see below)
2003-2006: Internal Communications Manager at INVESCO (fund manager) in London,
Brussels, Milan, Frankfurt, Madrid and Paris.
2001-2003: Assistant Corporate Communications Manage at Euroclear Bank SA in Brussels
1998-2001: Product Communication Manager at Proton World SA in Brussels (smart cards
and e-purses)
1997-1998: Customer Service Officer for francophone customers at Goodfellow Cambridge
(UK) (high-purity products for laboratories)
1989-1997: Customer Service team member for North American and French customers
(1989-92), then liaison manager with French factory (1992-95) then Engines Despatch
Manager at main factory in Peterborough (1995-97) at Perkins Diesels Ltd.
1988-1989: RSA Diploma in Commercial French and Foundation Certificate in International
Trade (Institute of Export) at Nottingham University.
1982-1986: BA Hons. in History & French at Manchester University.
1974-1981 GCE O Level (10 subjects) and A Level (4 subjects) at King Edward VI Five Ways
Grammar School, Birmingham.
ALTIUS (barristers), Brussels
Tiberghien (tax-law barristers), Brussels
Council of Europe (Strasbourg)
Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, Paris
Wallonie-Bruxelles Tourisme, Brussels
Belgian Tourist Office Brussels and Wallonia, London
Embassy of Belgium in London
Office de Tourisme des Ardennes
Office de Tourisme de la Ville de Mons
Conseil régional du tourisme Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Les Editions de l’Octogone, Louvain-la-Neuve
Husson éditeur, Brussels
Espace photographique Contretype, Brussels
Bastin & Evrard Photographes, Brussels
Voir et Dire Bruxelles
Atelier de Recherche et d’Actions Urbains (ARAU), Brussels
ACE Cultural Tours Ltd, Cambridge
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Université Catholique de Louvain
Le Château des Thermes de Chaudefontaine
Les Films de la Passerelle, Liège
Translation: GBP 60 / 1,000 words
Proofreading/ Copy-editing: GBP 30 / hour
Other services: prices on request