About us

Founded in 2000

Balthasar was founded to serve industrial clients, and is unique in its specialism for the HVAC and renewables sectors.
Today, five of the largest German manufacturers in these industries rely on the company’s services, as well as a growing number of small to medium sized businesses.

In March 2016, Heike Held took over management of the company and its dedicated in-house team. Balthasar also works in close partnership with experienced and qualified freelance linguists around the world, who work only into their native language.

Continued investment in state of the art software and staff training ensures we can meet our customers’ expectations for quality and timeliness.

Meet the team

Heike Held

Heike Held

Managing Director and Sales

(DE, EN)

With my long experience in sales and an interest in people and communications, my ambition as a managing director is to take Balthasar to the next level. Since moving to the UK I have had to exchange Austrian ski slopes for English golf courses, and I must say my enthusiasm for golf is growing by the day.

Peter Baldus

Peter Baldus

Owner, Chairman

(DE, EN)

Peter Baldus comes from the Westerwald region of Germany. After living in the UK for a year to learn the language in depth, he decided to settle here permanently in 1972. 20 years of extensive business experience in the engineering and manufacturing sector proved invaluable when setting up a business of his own. Initially in the import export sector, Peter found himself increasingly translating for customers and by 1989, this became the main focus of his endeavours. As a result, Balthasar Ltd., the language service provider specialising in technical translations, was founded in October 2000. Now retired, Peter is still joint owner and Chairman of the Board and takes an active interest in shaping the company and influencing its ethics and high standards.

Julie Baldus

Julie Baldus

Owner, Director

(EN)

Julie Baldus is co-owner and a director of Balthasar Ltd and has worked for the company since January 2001 – initially in all aspects of the business, but principally as an editor and copywriter.
Formally retired since 2019, Julie is still actively involved in the business, supporting the team and engaged in planning its future so that the company remains state of the art and dedicated to customer service above all else.

Samuel Baldus

Samuel Baldus

Web Developer

(EN)

I am the web developer at Balthasar. As such I am continually looking at ways to improve our internal project management system, called QuickTrace, and our online customer services. The aim is always to enable us to work smarter, not harder.

Emma Pielen

Emma Pielen

Senior Translator

(EN, DE, FR)

A lifelong linguist with a particular interest in German language and culture, I’ve been translating for Balthasar since 2008 and know more than I ever thought possible about HVAC and renewables terminology! In 2016 my family and I relocated to Germany, so the country I call my second home has now become my first.

Nichola Elsworth

Nichola Elsworth

Quality Assurance

(EN, DE, FR, IT)

With a degree in European Languages, I have worked first as a project administrator and then manager for the company since 2009. Now my key focus is quality assurance and maintenance of our CAT tools. I love working with languages and developing new ideas to improve our service and am very pleased that this is now my role.

Viviane Schumann

Viviane Schumann

Senior Project Manager

(DE, EN)

In 2012 I left my home on the shores of the Baltic Sea to set off on an adventure to the Cotswold Hills. What was originally planned as a six-month internship abroad led to a career in the tourism industry, where I developed a keen interest in Quality Assurance and Project Management. After successfully completing a PRINCE2 qualification in spring 2017, my passion for foreign languages led me to my current position as Senior Project Manager at Balthasar, where I play an active role in optimising our processes, as well as continually delivering outstanding service to our customers alongside a highly committed and dynamic team.

Christiane Schaeffler

Christiane Schaeffler

Project Manager

(EN, DE, AF)

In early 2017, having completed a degree in German Philology & Linguistics in South Africa, I left my native Namibia to work in Germany. While there I gained valuable experience within the language service sector. In 2019, I made a new home in the beautiful, rural county of Herefordshire in the UK. As a Project Manager at Balthasar, I have become part of a dynamic, multilingual team where I am able to take on new challenges and experience growth on a daily basis. Working closely with talented linguists and committed colleagues, I constantly strive to generate added value for our customers.

Caroline Baird

Caroline Baird

IT/Administration

(EN)

I really enjoy problem solving and learning new IT skills, so working at Balthasar is ideal for me. My colleagues keep coming up with “challenges” for me to resolve alongside my normal office tasks, so my workload is kept varied and interesting. I love the outdoors and have a keen interest in history.

Katrina Davies

Project Administrator / Final Checker

(EN)

My career path has taken me from the classroom teaching Psychology and History, leading educational visits to the battlefields of Belgium and Normandy, to the translation industry. My many years of experience as a teacher have not only given me my organisational skills, but also – as my colleagues so lovingly put it – my “eagle eyes”. I need them every day for quality checks on our translations, as well as for the final check of all possible types of documents.
I really enjoy being part of a team that sets great store by high standards and quality of service and I hope that my skills will continue to add value to the team for a long time to come.

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