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Adrian Smithers – technical Support Manger
Adrian Smithers – Technical Manager

When not down the gym or dying his hair Adrian can often be found under a desk, fixing a computer, locating a bug or providing remote support for the global army of transcribers.  He is incredibly patient, which is a vital skill in what is at times a very stressful role.  Take 1 is so reliant on IT these days there is never a dull moment!

  • Worked as a ‘YoYo Master’
  • Once attacked by a badger
  • Owns a Harry Potter wand
  • Loves Disneyland
Asa Collins – Product and QC Assistant

If you’re a typist, you’re bound to know who Asa is. He’s the friendly and helpful voice on the other side of the phone, always lending a hand, and never without a smile. If he isn’t helping typists, he is working on new products that fascinate and astound us. The Take 1 team can’t get enough of Asa’s upbeat attitude and his fashion sense is something to be admired.

  • Learning British sign language
  • Loves tap dancing
  • Allergic to practically everything
Carole North – Operations Director

As Operations Director, Carole has built up a fantastic team who always deliver.  Carole’s key focus is staff development, change management and finding ways to get more sausages through the machine.  Carole’s level headed perspective always ensures important Board decisions are only made after considering all the options. Positive and bubbly at all times regardless of how much pressure she is under.

  • Juggles many balls
  • Admires integrity
  • Remembers empty roads
  • Hates traffic jams
  • Shares her Rolos!
Caroline Dance - Production Assistant
Caroline Dance – Typist Resource Manager

In the pivotal role of Typist Resource Manager, Caroline puts her organisational skills and love of spreadsheets to good use, ensuring Take 1 has ample resource at all times to service demand. So you can be sure, no matter what the volume, we’ll be at your service.

  • Extremely organised
  • Leonardo DiCaprio’s long lost sister (according to the Production girls)
  • Rabbit lives in a mansion
  • Professional Wakeboarder
Caroline Stead – Production Coordinator

It’s hard not to get on with Caroline, when she is not focussing intently on taking client’s bookings, in her own time she can be found cracking jokes and working on her music. Our clients are always in safe hands when Caroline picks up the phone, and her attention to detail and focus is second to none.

  • Travelled across Vietnam on a Motorbike
  • Caroline has toured Europe with her band
  • Aspiration to be a goat farmer
Catherine Mayers – Operations Manager

In her role as Operations Manager, Catherine oversees the smooth running of the operations department, a tough challenge given the high volume of work being processed and ever changing requirements. Fortunately ‘yes’ is Catherine’s middle name, and she’ll always go the extra mile to keep our clients happy.

  • Got drunk aged 3
  • Learnt to drive in a truck
  • Loves the Bolshoi
Charlie Evatt – Head of IT

Charlie is responsible for the overall smooth running of Take 1’s IT infrastructure. Highly skilled at systems design, building innovative client solutions and adapting our tools to fit hostile post-production workflow environments.  Noteworthy achievements include co-writing our proprietary transcription software, and implementing our VMWare architecture.

  • Plays many instruments
  • Has a magic touch
  • Great cook
  • Hates cats
Dom Bourne – Founder & President

As Founder and President, Dom sets the overall strategy and direction for the Company.  A keen linguist, computer geek and entrepreneur he is the ideas man and the driving force for high growth. These days he spends his time flying back and forth between London and LA managing key accounts.

  • Plays 8 instruments
  • Has a tortoise called Houdini
  • Once caught a goose, fishing
  • Been to Malawi 3 times
  • Loves Alfa Romeos
Elisa Fallowfield - Script Coordinator
Elisa Coulthurst – Script Coordinator

Elisa provides support to the production team, checking the quality of post production scripts and ensuring that they are delivered to the client before the deadline. Elisa’s sharp eye isn’t a surprise when you find out she’s a qualified fencing and archery instructor!

  • Has double jointed elbows
  • Collects Lomography cameras
  • Loves the summer!
Glynis Dance - Bookkeeper
Glynis Dance – Bookkeeper

Glyn has been the Company Bookkeeper for over 13 years now and manages all of our Sage and Payroll functions.  Glyn still lives in hope that one day Dom might actually produce some receipts!

  • Has cats & grandchildren
  • Cabaret singer in past life
  • Loves walking in autumn
  • Fan of whodunits
Greg Johnson – Sales & Marketing Assistant

Greg is our bearded Sales and Marketing Assistant; he can usually be found staring at Photoshop for hours on end. When he is not designing leaflets, or drinking tea, Greg offers support to the rest of the marketing and sales team within the UK and US, communicating with external clients and other industry contacts.

  • Eurovision enthusiast
  • Thinks he’s northern
  • Addicted to Tea
Ian Battisson – Script Assistant

An efficient multi-tasker, Ian also moonlights as Radio Presenter talking about his beloved Tottenham Hotspur, but don’t let that put you off.  As a key member of our Script Department, Ian supports the team by honing our clients scripts whilst drawing on his aptitude for quality to ensure they are delivered punctually and polished.

  • Doesn’t like bridges
  • A hidden comic book geek
  • Loves football
  • Scared of moths
James Belsham – Sales Manager (UK/Europe)

James’ background is in international broadcast distribution and he joined Take 1 in February 2015 with the remit of increasing our European coverage and strengthening our existing ties with domestic customers. Twenty years’ worth of sales experience coupled with a decent contacts book and love of the English language make him a great addition to our team.  For UK/European sales enquiries please contact James at

  • Loves London
  • Lives for lunch
  • Plays hockey & golf
  • Was once swarmed by bees!
Jan Silvey – Credit Controller

Cash flow is vital in any business fortunately with Jan on the team we never have to worry as it is always under control.  Expect a call from her soon if you dare not pay our bill!

  • Mrs Bargain Hunter
  • Loves red wine
  • Unmusical member of Take1
Jennie Smith – Translation Manager

Jennie’s worked in many areas of Take 1 over the years, and can now dedicate her time to our growing translation department.  As Translation Manager, she oversees the high volume of foreign language work that we process, ensuring that we deliver excellent service at all times. 

  • Cycles to work
  • Learning the piano
  • First time kayaker
  • A media pro
Jessica Aranda - PA to Louise Tapia
Jessica Aranda – PA, Office Manager & HR Assistant

Jess plays a vital role to Take 1 managing the Santiago office and overseeing HR operations for the Americas, as well as providing administrative support to Managing Director Louise Tapia. A strong, self-motivated individual, Jess takes on each project passionately and with a smile on her face, determined to perform every task to the best of her abilities and have a positive influence on those around her along the way.

  • Obsessed with the number 7
  • Control Freak
  • Can’t sit still
  • Knows Friends verbatim
Jimmy Lambert-Knott – Technical Director

Jimmy’s focus is on typist training, quality control and product development.  He started his career at Take 1 as a transcriber so he really understands the black art of producing good transcripts.  As one of the longest serving members of the team, Jimmy’s played an integral part in the evolution of Take 1’s systems and service offerings.

  • The coffee must be right
  • Accuracy is key
  • Love time with my family
  • Best solutions are elegant
Jonathan Cronk - Non-Exec Director
Jonathan Cronk – Non-Exec Director

As Take 1’s business coach and guru, Jon provides counsel to the board on a wide variety of management and growth challenges, and has played a big part in aligning the staff for high growth. With his help Take 1 continues to go from strength to strength.

  • Always losing keys
  • Temporarily losing weight
  • Always finding keys
Jonathan Hayward - AV Technician
Jonathan Hayward – Application & Workflow Technician

Coming from a background in Sound Design, Jon H (stands for hat, we think) completes our AV triad.  Jon’s wealth of AV knowledge means he is well equipped to deal with all manner of audio and video files, but we’re beginning to think it’s stored within the confines of his beanie hat, as we’re yet to see him without it!

  • Eager to try new things
  • Avid musician and gamer
  • Loves watching cartoons
  • Been to Japan twice
Jonathan Sargent – Senior AV Technician

With a background studying Broadcast Operations and working as a sound recordist on various productions, Jon is well placed in our busy AV team creating seamless workflows for our clients and understanding the many file types we receive.

  • Likes Kitesurfing and SUP
  • Studied Wing Chun
  • Plays Guitar & Piano
Jordan Ronaldson – Assistant Operations Manager

Jordan brings an undeniably positive vibe to the office. He always has a smile on his face, which is contagious for colleagues and clients alike. Jordan is happy to help out wherever needed, tapping into his people skills to get any job booked in as smoothly as possible. When he’s not at his desk, Jordan can be found making toast with marmite for the whole production staff.

  • ASOS addict (no joke)
  • Has major OCD
  • Allergic to pineapple in all its forms
  • Loves horror movies
Josh Martin – Product and QC Manager

With a passion for journalism, English language and words in general, Josh was an obvious candidate to join our team.  He provides support for all new typists, ensuring that the quality is always high, but also adds value to improving our internal workflows and processing complicated jobs from some of the biggest clients.

  • Always eating
  • Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs
  • Loves cars & steam trains
  • Still plays with Lego
Louise Tapia - Sales & Marketing Director
Louise Tapia – Managing Director/CEO

Louise is responsible for the overall management of the business, and execution of our business plan.  As the Director also responsible for Sales & Marketing, and management of our Americas office, she also plays an important part in key account management and business development.  Based primarily in our Santiago office, Lou travels extensively to the UK and USA, to meet with our team, clients and partners.

  • Loves gardening
  • Has Newfie named Pepe
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Born on Friday 13th
Luciano Souto – Senior Transcriber and Trainer

With an upbringing as diverse as Luciano’s, it’s no wonder he landed in this business. Having lived in Venezuela, Brazil, Belgium, Spain and now Chile, Luciano speaks French and English in addition to his native Portuguese and Spanish. When he’s not hard at work transcribing and translating, Luciano likes to play the ukulele-like “cavaquinho” to his son, Mateo.

  • Avid dictionary reader
  • Proud holder of 3 passports
  • Loves family gatherings
  • Likes to draw
Michelle Hogben – Accounts Assistant

Michelle works alongside Glyn and Jan in our busy Accounts department. Coming from a strong financial background Michelle is never not surrounded by numbers! She is very organised and will always make sure your numbers add up.

  • A qualified florist
  • Enjoys keeping fit
  • Has an overweight cat
  • Loves to ski
Nick Peck – Systems Administrator/Software Developer

As lead developer on numerous projects, Nick’s code abilities know no bounds.  Nick’s specific area of computer interest is artificial intelligence and has played a key part in the design and build of numerous successful IT projects both for internal use and client side developments. Nick is fluent in: Python, PHP, C++, SQL, C#, VB, JavaScript, Java, Linux among others.

Omnibot 2000
Omnibot 2000

Despite being from 1985, the Omnibot is Take 1’s official mascot. Inside our workflow there are thousands of little robots all executing vital processes like moving files, sending text messages or converting XML, but being digital they are out of sight and easily forgotten. The Omnibot reminds us how much we rely on robots, plus he looks extremely cool and he can make the tea!

  • Takes 8 x AA batteries
  • Plays audio cassettes
  • Has no opposable thumbs
  • Made in China
Paris Collins – Senior Production Assistant

Paris is a vital part of our Production Team! Coming from a background in dealing with high profile clients within the Film industry, she is the perfect fit for Take1. She has a natural flair for client contact and is always on hand to send out those all-important quotes.

  • Chocolate connoisseur
  • Scared of spiders
  • Has 2 nameless tortoises
Patricia Alvarez – Office Assistant

Patty is the beloved assistant in the Chile office. When she is not busy buying everyone ice cream to help them survive the Santiago heat, she has her hands full assisting with H.R. tasks, keeping the office organized, and managing the bills and personal records around the office!

  • Falls easily
  • Never missed a day of work
  • Gives good advice
  • Feeds the homeless every Friday
Peter Morgan - Accountant
Peter Morgan – Accountant

As company Accountant Pete provides tight financial control and regular reporting to the board on Take 1’s financial performance. Has a wealth of experience raising finance and designing share schemes. His ability to cram tiny numbers into a printable spreadsheet is legendary.

  • Owns 2 fax machines
  • Refuses to score in golf
  • Has a rudely named house
  • Loves French phrasebooks


Rebecca Simpson – Production Assistant

Rebecca, better known as Bec, brings a level head and a dry, Aussie sense of humor to the US Production team. Always up for a challenge, Bec dives into every booking wholeheartedly, eager to help the client and learn as much as possible from each new job. Hang out near Bec’s desk throughout the day if you want to sample some of her homemade vegan treats.

  • Self-proclaimed health freak
  • Loves to travel
  • Currently learning Spanish
  • Has lived on 3 different continents
Sam Ehret – Office Manager, HR Assistant and PA

Sam is the all knowing, social hub of the office. Usually found organizing the lives of half the staff in the office and her dog’s, she is a friendly face that welcomes the Take 1 team and visitors every day. Sam accepts payment of tasks in Pepsi can form or village gossip.

  • Got a bulldog called Winifred
  • Loves conspiracy theories
  • Addicted to Zara
Sarah Ranfone – Production & Script Supervisor

Sarah is part of our amazing US Production team.  She handles everything from booking jobs, customer service to keeping communications between UK and our Americas office up to date.  An expert in Office, she is our go-to girl. Sarah’s attention to detail will impress you and her gentle mannerism makes working with her a dream.

  • Quotes Mean Girls daily
  • Has puppy fever
  • Met the Backstreet Boys 3x
  • Likes to cook, LOVES to eat
Steve Rippengal – Head of AV Tech

Steve started with Take 1 as a work experience kid and was never allowed to leave because he is so good at his job.  Cool calm and collected at all times, Steve keeps a permanent lid on the pressure cooker that is the Take 1 AV Department and processes millions of files every year.  Steve lives, eats and breathes formats, transcodes and uploads.

  • Doesn’t like wearing shoes
  • Plays drums
  • Can sleep anywhere
  • Starring in a horror film