Who We Are

Brno English Centre was set up in 1995. Since then it has had the same owners, but has offered an ever-growing range of services.
We believe in traditional values such as professionalism, responsibility and honesty. This approach has not made us very large or rich but has given us numerous orders, slow but stable growth and customers who remain loyal and recommend us to their contacts and friends.

Having more than 1200 students, we are the largest English language school in Brno. Our customers welcome the possibility of receiving comprehensive language services, i.e. translations, interpreting and teaching of their managers or staff – all tailored to suit their particular needs.

When it comes to translations, we offer help from the smallest documents (such as marriage certificates) to extensive projects such as software localisation or EU-financed building projects. Apart from Czech translators, we employ nearly 20 native speakers of English from the UK, USA, Australia and South Africa, who guarantee not only the grammatical but also stylistic and formal correctness of our translations into English as well as working as consultants for translations from English to Czech (for slang expressions, etc.). Most of them also work as speakers/narrators in English versions of multi-media projects produced by us (see quality for details).

For years, we have been listed as one of the leading Czech translation companies in the Prague Business Journal a Book of Lists.

Management

Simon Hooper

Chief editor/proofreader, financial/HR Manager

Has university degrees in Chemistry and Education. He has experience working in geochemical reasearch as well as many years of experience in science and language education, much of it in management positions.
Apart from his managerial duties, he works mainly as an editor/proofreader. Simon provided the English voice-over in the English version of a documentary which won the "Cristal Tcheque" prize at the “Golden Prague” International TV Festival.

Tomáš Staněk

Translation Centre Manager, Marketing, IT

Studied at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Brno University of Technology, and at the English Language Centre Bristol, one-year training study in Upsala, Sweden, 16 years experience in professional translating. Specialised in technical translations, computer graphics and CAT (computer-aided translation). Tom has interpreted for several ambassadors of the USA, Holland, Israel and the UK in Prague, for EU representatives in various posts, the European Investment Bank, tenders of EU-financed projects, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, David Markee (Eric Clapton’s bassist and the co-author of the legendary Pink Panther soundtrack), etc. Tom has translated several books.

Martin Kleinwächter

Language School Principal

Studied Geology and Geochemistry, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University. Apart from English, Martin fluent in Spanish (worked as a project manager in Cuba for three years). His work focuses rather on language training than on translating.

Contact officers

Veronika Žlebčíková

head of the translating office, customer care

Lucie Pličzková

head of the language school office, accounting