Cross-cultural writing for global thinkers

Our team

CompanyWriters is a small, close-knit company of around forty employees.

What binds them? A shared passion for their profession and a strong desire to meet demands and challenges with excellence, applying the principles of our Quality Charter.

 

 


Bernadette Pâques

Managing Director

+32 (0) 476 624 955

bpa@companywriters.be

“I strongly believe in the nimbleness of mind and heart.”

Having always had a deep interest in the French language, Bernadette Pâques studied Romance Philology at the University of Liège.  She taught French at the Universities of Madrid and Leuven before working as a language training consultant. She created CompanyWriters in 2006: reflecting her own interest, it is a company working in the field of communication, dedicated to finding ‘le mot juste’ and developing a philosophy of identifying and analysing clients’ needs, while applying the most rigorous standards.

“When I created CompanyWriters, I went back to my roots, my passion for words”, explains Bernadette Pâques, Managing Director. “I strongly believe in having an enquiring mind, in the importance of communication and the will to succeed. Our passions and experiences enrich our lives, but so too do our relationships, the people we meet and our cultures… and our words!”

A finalist in the Grand Prix Wallon à l’Entreprenariat, Bernadette Pâques won the 2010 Equiwoman Award, a prize awarded by Minister Sabine Laruelle to recognize a businesswoman who has developed her company while at the same time caring for her family.

Belgian Association of Women Entrepreneurs, and she is the Secretary General of the Non-Profit Organisation ‘Le Grand Liège’ and a Member of the Steering Committee of the Business Club B19 Liège-Bocholtz.

She was National President of the Belgian Association of Women Entrepreneurs (Présidente nationale de l’association des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises de Belgique) from 2014 to 2016, and she is the Secretary General of the Non-Profit Organisation ‘Le Grand Liège’ and a Member of the Steering Committee of the Business Club B19 Liège-Bocholtz.

She has been certified as an Expert as part of the chèques-entreprises scheme (for Diagnostic & Support for growth and business development) since April 2018.

 


Frédérique Siccard

Copywriter & Project Coordinator

fsi@companywriters.be

“Ultimately, one need only dare.” Philippe Sollers

A Communication Studies graduate, Frédérique is a copywriter, a web writer, a songwriter, a translator, and a journalist, who loves words almost as much as people; at CompanyWriters she has found she can combine her skills and her passions. As CompanyWriters’ Copywriting team leader, she very skilfully leads briefings, getting from them the essence of the arguments and ideas, which, more than words, will succeed in persuading and appealing to the reader. She is responsible for the targeted and convincing tone of websites, the direct and straight-talking style of press releases, and the catchy ‘teasers’ crafted for mailouts announcing company events. Her knowledge of English also means she is able to coordinate many copywriting projects for an international readership.

 


Julie Van Mele

Support Coordinator

jvm@companywriters.be 

“The important thing is not to be great, but to be capable of greatness.”

Julie’s mother tongue is French, but she grew up speaking several languages as her native region is on the borders of Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. She chose to learn Italian for its harmonious, poetic and lilting qualities, English for its elegance and German because it reminded her of home. She is a keen traveller and eager for the new challenges which CompanyWriters has provided for her, commensurate with her energy, along with a desire for excellence which is matched by her perfectionism. She skilfully provides support and manages the most complex dossiers.

 

Perrine Mertens

Translator & Project Coordinator Montréal, Quebec, Canada

pme@companywriters.be

“Living life to the full!” Quino

Although born in Liege, her heart led her to Montréal, where she has settled permanently.  This giant leap across the Atlantic is proving to be a major advantage for the international development of CompanyWriters.  From Salamanca, where she spent 5 months as part of the Erasmus programme, to multicultural Montreal where she lives, by way of Belgium, where she often returns, Perrine likes nothing better than travelling and establishing contacts and “those close ties encouraged by the rigour and accuracy which are the trademark of CompanyWriters”.  With her vibrant intelligence, and her ability to translate into French, English or Spanish, she is constructing a bridge between continents, between cultures, between knowledge.


Xin Ding 丁新

Translator & Project Coordinator China, Asia.

“In translation there are three challenges: fidelity, expression and elegance.” YAN Fu

译事三难:信、达、雅。      严复

Being born in Sichuan is without doubt an advantage, especially when added to a glittering academic career adorned with prestigious awards. An HVAC engineer at Chongqing University of Architecture and Civic Engineering, with a Masters in Applied Sciences from Liege University, and a special degree in HEC Management, Xin is also, and above all, passionate about ideas and words, whether in her equally fluent Mandarin Chinese, French or English. Interpreter and sworn translator, she brings her own special rigour and poetry to CompanyWriters, along with a network of pertinent profiles to ensure, from West to East, efficient and meticulous translations.

出生在天府之国的四川,无疑是一种得天独厚的优势。充满麻辣酸甜苦的求学经历使她收获了名校文凭:重庆建筑工程大学暖通空调工程师学位、列日大学应用科学硕士学位和列日高等工商管理学院特殊管理学士文凭。通过在用词及意译方面的不断追求,使她在中法和中英互译路上稳步前行。身为法院指定翻译,她给CompanyWriters公司带来严谨而不乏诗意的翻译风格和一支由不同专业人士组成的      翻译团队,确保为东西方交流提供高效、细致的翻译服务。

 


Béatrice Van Oost

Consultant (NL)

“What really counts is what we create together.” Yehudi Menuhin

Born into a French-speaking family with Flemish roots, Béatrice Van Oost has chosen to live in Flanders. A graduate of l’Institut Libre Marie Haps in English, Dutch and French, she followed in the footsteps of her sea-faring ancestors and has travelled extensively in Belgium and worldwide.  She taught French in South Africa, and has considerable experience in the private sector; she has always communicated her love of language wherever she goes. It is her role to specify the terminology and stylistic requirements of our clients.

 


Cathy Marongiu

Consultant (DE/IT)

“There is no end; there is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.” Federico Fellini

Born in Belgium to Sardinian parents, Cathy brings all the wealth of her dual heritage to CompanyWriters. Trainer, teacher, sworn translator, she shines at conferences and works on translations with the same curiosity, and the same depth. In French or in Italian, Cathy combines the search for the right word and the right expression with a quirky sense of humour.