Stella's first degree was in modern languages at Leeds University.
She then moved to Italy and taught translation at the Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori in Naples and at two universities there. She also worked as a freelance translator.
On returning to the UK she continued with freelance work as a member of ITI, specialising in the arts, law and business.
Her particular interest is in art and antiques, and she has translated a large number of exhibition catalogues.
She gained an MA in Museum and Gallery Management in 1994 at City University, London. Formerly a Principal Lecturer in Translation at the University of Westminster, now a Visiting Lecturer. Main interests: Italian, Romanian and professional development. Lead author for the Second Edition of "Thinking Italian Translation" (Routledge).