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Statham House | Talbot Road | Stretford | Manchester | M32 0FP

Meet the team

From ensuring linguists are fully briefed about your job requests, to quickly and efficiently resolving any queries you may have; these are the people that make things happen at DA Languages.

Without our hardworking, knowledgeable and enthusiastic team, DA Languages would be, well…just another languages services agency.

Actar Arya


Actar is the CEO of DA Languages and is extremely passionate about the language industry. In fact she had worked as a freelance interpreter prior to starting up DA Languages in 1998. Through running DPSI training and examination centres, Actar has helped linguists be fully prepared for the variety of work the industry demands. Actar is very proud that DA Languages are now established as one of the most trusted and reliable providers of languages services to the Public Sector. And she puts this down to excellent customer service and delivering services on time and to budget. On the rare occasions when she gets some spare time, Actar likes to relax by cooking, reading and painting.

Matthew Taylor

Managing Director

Matthew joined DA Languages as Managing Director from within the language services industry He has extensive executive experience in commercial roles and a wealth of expertise in operations and continuous improvement Previously Matthew was a director with a wide-ranging influence across strategy and direction and successfully carried out the implementation of a significant Ministry of Justice contract. Matthew is now dedicated to setting a clear and bold vision for the future growth of DAL. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys current affairs, sport and entertaining.

Matthew Barrington

Head of Operations

Matthew is an accomplished business leader, with concentrated experience in service and sales transformation, delivering revenue and strong business to business relationship management expertise. He has a wealth of experience working within a number of challenging and highly regulated industries.

His goal is to ensure DA Languages deliver a smooth and efficient service to both linguists and clients alike. Outside of work, Matthew is an avid football fan. 

Annette Silcock

Finance Director

Annette has had over 16 years board level experience driving business improvement through focussing the business on key measures including profitable growth, customer satisfaction and cash management. Annette is very excited to be part of the DA Language journey joining in 2018. She has considerable experience in both blue chip and owner managed SME companies. Outside of work Annette is kept busy with her 2 daughters and enjoys gardening, walking and cooking.

Dave Murray

Business Development Manager

Dave is the business development manager responsible for maintaining DA Languages’ pipeline of client opportunities and completing bids and tenders. Dave has nearly 20 years’ experience in these fields and previously worked for large suppliers of telecommunications, IT and project management recruitment solutions. Outside of work, Dave enjoys cycling, hill walking, reading, cooking and watching most sports.

Debbie Pye

Operational Manager

Debbie is DA Languages’ longest serving member of staff, having been with the company since 2007. In this time, she’s seen the company grow exponentially. Having previously worked as an administrator for a busy solicitors firm, she joined DA Languages as a booking co-ordinator and soon showed how super-organisational and proactive she can be. Debbie has helped develop the company into the vibrant, busy workplace we know and love today. As well as keeping the office functioning; this self-confessed queen of multi-tasking provides support for staff, encourages team spirit and keeps office motivation high. Outside of work Debbie owns horses and has recently started riding competitively again. She also adores her dog (Molly) and loves a brisk walk in the Cheshire countryside.

Ruth Entwistle

Administration Manager

Ruth is DA Languages’ resident trouble shooter; she ensures all job bookings run smoothly and communication flows efficiently between all parties involved in our projects. Previously, Ruth has worked as an administrator for various airlines at Manchester Airport and this busy and demanding work style means she is well suited to the fast paced environment of the DA Languages office. Ruth’s hard work and positive attitude earned her promotion to Team Leader and she successfully manages the administration team, and acts as the bridge between our clients, staff and linguists. Outside of work Ruth is an advocate of Zumba, loves running and enjoys spending her time with her friends and family.

Lauren Tew

Client Account Manager

Lauren has been working as our Client Account Manager since 2016 has made an undeniable impact in her role. She expertly liaises with clients from all around the country and ensures peace of mind to old and new clients alike. Lauren has also implemented many new practices that we certainly couldn’t do without in the office! Her experience of holding a variety of roles during her time at DA has granted her superior knowledge of the company. It enables her to deal with any query a client might have. In this way, she is able to consistently maintain transparent relationships that ultimately streamline processes and cut costs for all parties. Lauren, like Ruth, is also an advocate of Zumba; she loves nothing more than to dance. She’s also a great supporter of charity, and you’ll often find her spearheading new fundraising ventures in and around the office.

Elitsa Kvasova

Project Manager

Elitsa has been with D A Languages since 2013 when she joined the administration department.  It was soon apparent Elitsa had a keen eye for detail and a desire to grow within the company. Elitsa was soon given the opportunity to join the booking team as a coordinator, during this time she gained valuable experience regarding the need for interpreters. She became the Recruitment Manager and has now moved into a Project Manager role using her MA in Business Management. Outside of work, Elitsa enjoys spending time with her family and reading literature.  Elitsa has a definite love for animals and will regularly be seen walking her dog, Jack or playing with the family Rabbit, Sunny.

Sonia Izrar

Translation Manager

Sonia has worked in the language industry for over 7 years. She started off as a freelance translator, then joined the field of e-commerce where she worked as a localization specialist and later on team leader. She now looks after the Translation Department at DA Languages, using her knowledge and experience of the industry to support her team of Project Managers and linguists to provide excellent service to match client requirements. She is intent on seeing the team grow bigger and better and keeps a proactive, positive attitude to ensure everything runs smoothly for all parties involved. Sonia speaks French, English, German and Arabic and has had a passion for translation since childhood. Outside of work, she dances in an all-girls jazz troupe, plays the ukulele, watches a lot of scary movies and spends time with her cat Tony.

Louis Buxton

Recruitment Manager

Louis began his career at DA Languages as a booking co-ordinator and has progressed to the role of managing the Linguist Recruitment team. His passion for languages began at university where he studied German and French. His objective is to deliver the best possible linguists to our clients.
He is interested in new and innovative ways to recruit linguists, as well as developing new talent and ensuring we provide the best level of training possible. Outside of work he enjoys both watching and playing football, as well as (trying!) to keep fit.