Meet the Senior Management Team

Team member
Grant Gibson
Managing Director, Dubai
Grant joined Quest in 2018 and is the Managing Director for the MEA and LEVANT region. He has 14 years of global recruitment experience with 8 in the region and works with our clients across Retail, FMCG, Technology, Engineering, Financial Services and Managing Consultancy. Grant also leads the HR Services side of the business helping clients with their Human Capital strategy with services such as RPO, talent mapping, and Employer Value Proposition (EVP).
Grant Gibson
Managing Director, Dubai
Grant joined Quest in 2018 and is the Managing Director for the MEA and LEVANT region. He has 14 years of global recruitment experience with 8 in the region and works with our clients across Retail, FMCG, Technology, Engineering, Financial Services and Managing Consultancy. Grant also leads the HR Services side of the business helping clients with their Human Capital strategy with services such as RPO, talent mapping, and Employer Value Proposition (EVP).
Grant Gibson
Managing Director, Dubai
Grant joined Quest in 2018 and is the Managing Director for the MEA and LEVANT region. He has 14 years of global recruitment experience with 8 in the region and works with our clients across Retail, FMCG, Technology, Engineering, Financial Services and Managing Consultancy. Grant also leads the HR Services side of the business helping clients with their Human Capital strategy with services such as RPO, talent mapping, and Employer Value Proposition (EVP).
Team member
Simon Whittington
Group Managing Director
Simon founded Quest Search and Selection in 1994. He was educated at Birmingham City University and Cranfield School of Management. Simon oversees both the UK and Dubai offices. He is based in Dubai where he has set up the Middle East office but he is in London every month meeting candidates. He is also the Founder and Publisher of Retail Gazette and Charged Retail.
Simon Whittington
Group Managing Director
Simon founded Quest Search and Selection in 1994. He was educated at Birmingham City University and Cranfield School of Management. Simon oversees both the UK and Dubai offices. He is based in Dubai where he has set up the Middle East office but he is in London every month meeting candidates. He is also the Founder and Publisher of Retail Gazette and Charged Retail.
Simon Whittington
Group Managing Director
Simon founded Quest Search and Selection in 1994. He was educated at Birmingham City University and Cranfield School of Management. Simon oversees both the UK and Dubai offices. He is based in Dubai where he has set up the Middle East office but he is in London every month meeting candidates. He is also the Founder and Publisher of Retail Gazette and Charged Retail.
Team member
Samantha Silva
Head of Retail, UK
Samantha joined Quest as a graduate and has worked her way up to head the UK Retail team in London. Her specialist areas include Retail Operations recruitment across all sectors and Head Office recruitment across South & Midlands. She has managed the retail team over last 6 years. Samantha has won a number of internal accolades, awards and is the most successful consultant in Quest history.
Samantha Silva
Head of Retail, UK
Samantha joined Quest as a graduate and has worked her way up to head the UK Retail team in London. Her specialist areas include Retail Operations recruitment across all sectors and Head Office recruitment across South & Midlands. She has managed the retail team over last 6 years. Samantha has won a number of internal accolades, awards and is the most successful consultant in Quest history.
Samantha Silva
Head of Retail, UK
Samantha joined Quest as a graduate and has worked her way up to head the UK Retail team in London. Her specialist areas include Retail Operations recruitment across all sectors and Head Office recruitment across South & Midlands. She has managed the retail team over last 6 years. Samantha has won a number of internal accolades, awards and is the most successful consultant in Quest history.

Meet Our Recruitment Team

Team member
Jay Thandi
Consultant, London
Jay is working within our Digital & eCommerce team in the UK. He has over two years international recruitment experience and will be sourcing candidates suitable for roles with Integrated PR, Social, Creative and Performance Marketing Media agencies in London.
Jay Thandi
Consultant, London
Jay is working within our Digital & eCommerce team in the UK. He has over two years international recruitment experience and will be sourcing candidates suitable for roles with Integrated PR, Social, Creative and Performance Marketing Media agencies in London.
Jay Thandi
Consultant, London
Jay is working within our Digital & eCommerce team in the UK. He has over two years international recruitment experience and will be sourcing candidates suitable for roles with Integrated PR, Social, Creative and Performance Marketing Media agencies in London.
Team member
Anastasia Galatenko
Consultant - Emerging Markets Specialist, Dubai
Anastasia has been recruiting into the UAE market for 2 years and is heading up our Luxury Retail, Cosmetics and High Fashion for Operational roles as well as store-based recruitment across the Middle East. She also specializes in sourcing talented Saudi Nationals for mid to senior-level positions.
Anastasia Galatenko
Consultant - Emerging Markets Specialist, Dubai
Anastasia has been recruiting into the UAE market for 2 years and is heading up our Luxury Retail, Cosmetics and High Fashion for Operational roles as well as store-based recruitment across the Middle East. She also specializes in sourcing talented Saudi Nationals for mid to senior-level positions.
Anastasia Galatenko
Consultant - Emerging Markets Specialist, Dubai
Anastasia has been recruiting into the UAE market for 2 years and is heading up our Luxury Retail, Cosmetics and High Fashion for Operational roles as well as store-based recruitment across the Middle East. She also specializes in sourcing talented Saudi Nationals for mid to senior-level positions.
Team member
Gemma Gibson
Consultant, Dubai
Gemma joined Quest in 2020 and brings over 10 years of global recruitment experience across technology, financial services and management and strategic consulting with over 8 years in the MEA and LEVANT region. Gemma is a trained executive search specialist and has worked in-house with Al Naboodah Group and has worked on-site in an RPO project for Mastercard MEA.
Gemma Gibson
Consultant, Dubai
Gemma joined Quest in 2020 and brings over 10 years of global recruitment experience across technology, financial services and management and strategic consulting with over 8 years in the MEA and LEVANT region. Gemma is a trained executive search specialist and has worked in-house with Al Naboodah Group and has worked on-site in an RPO project for Mastercard MEA.
Gemma Gibson
Consultant, Dubai
Gemma joined Quest in 2020 and brings over 10 years of global recruitment experience across technology, financial services and management and strategic consulting with over 8 years in the MEA and LEVANT region. Gemma is a trained executive search specialist and has worked in-house with Al Naboodah Group and has worked on-site in an RPO project for Mastercard MEA.
Team member
Palak Mehta
Senior Resourcer, Dubai
Palak has over 8 years’ experience recruiting across multiple markets such as technology, digital, engineering and E-commerce. Palak has delivered with Start-ups, SME’S and renowned multi-national clients across the globe for mid-level to senior C-suite hires. Her exceptional delivery for difficult roles has led to our clients trusting Palak with their strategic hiring as well as working both on-site and remotely in our client RPO projects.
Palak Mehta
Senior Resourcer, Dubai
Palak has over 8 years’ experience recruiting across multiple markets such as technology, digital, engineering and E-commerce. Palak has delivered with Start-ups, SME’S and renowned multi-national clients across the globe for mid-level to senior C-suite hires. Her exceptional delivery for difficult roles has led to our clients trusting Palak with their strategic hiring as well as working both on-site and remotely in our client RPO projects.
Palak Mehta
Senior Resourcer, Dubai
Palak has over 8 years’ experience recruiting across multiple markets such as technology, digital, engineering and E-commerce. Palak has delivered with Start-ups, SME’S and renowned multi-national clients across the globe for mid-level to senior C-suite hires. Her exceptional delivery for difficult roles has led to our clients trusting Palak with their strategic hiring as well as working both on-site and remotely in our client RPO projects.
Team member
Melisa Albuquerque
Resourcer- Tech & Digital, Dubai
Melisa leads our very talented resourcing team with Quest. Having joined Quest over 2 years ago, Melisa has transformed our resourcing process making our service more efficient, effective and quality driven. Melisa is an expert in resourcing mid-level to senior C-suite hires across Retail, FMCG, Technology, Engineering, Financial Services and Managing Consultancy. Melisa also leads our RPO team and is instrumental in our market leading delivery service on volume recruitment projects across the MEA and LEVANT regions.
Melisa Albuquerque
Resourcer- Tech & Digital, Dubai
Melisa leads our very talented resourcing team with Quest. Having joined Quest over 2 years ago, Melisa has transformed our resourcing process making our service more efficient, effective and quality driven. Melisa is an expert in resourcing mid-level to senior C-suite hires across Retail, FMCG, Technology, Engineering, Financial Services and Managing Consultancy. Melisa also leads our RPO team and is instrumental in our market leading delivery service on volume recruitment projects across the MEA and LEVANT regions.
Melisa Albuquerque
Resourcer- Tech & Digital, Dubai
Melisa leads our very talented resourcing team with Quest. Having joined Quest over 2 years ago, Melisa has transformed our resourcing process making our service more efficient, effective and quality driven. Melisa is an expert in resourcing mid-level to senior C-suite hires across Retail, FMCG, Technology, Engineering, Financial Services and Managing Consultancy. Melisa also leads our RPO team and is instrumental in our market leading delivery service on volume recruitment projects across the MEA and LEVANT regions.
Team member
Kristine Marbella
Accounting Supervisor
Kristine joined Quest as an admin support executive and is now managing the accounts department. She’s also overlooking reports that aides the management daily to yearly KPI- and revenue-related data. She’s the run-to person in the Office Manager’s absence (and vice versa). She has a degree in Psychology and aims to expand further with her Accounting background.
Kristine Marbella
Accounting Supervisor
Kristine joined Quest as an admin support executive and is now managing the accounts department. She’s also overlooking reports that aides the management daily to yearly KPI- and revenue-related data. She’s the run-to person in the Office Manager’s absence (and vice versa). She has a degree in Psychology and aims to expand further with her Accounting background.
Kristine Marbella
Accounting Supervisor
Kristine joined Quest as an admin support executive and is now managing the accounts department. She’s also overlooking reports that aides the management daily to yearly KPI- and revenue-related data. She’s the run-to person in the Office Manager’s absence (and vice versa). She has a degree in Psychology and aims to expand further with her Accounting background.
Team member
Jonathan Cawaling
Office Manager
Jonathan joined Quest as admin support in May 2015 and has worked his way up to being the Office Manager at Quest. Jon is an energetic professional who doesn’t mind wearing multiple hats. He is one of the highly valued employees of Quest. Jonathan manages the entire back office team including the accounts and IT desks and ensures the smooth running of the office on a day-to-day basis.
Jonathan Cawaling
Office Manager
Jonathan joined Quest as admin support in May 2015 and has worked his way up to being the Office Manager at Quest. Jon is an energetic professional who doesn’t mind wearing multiple hats. He is one of the highly valued employees of Quest. Jonathan manages the entire back office team including the accounts and IT desks and ensures the smooth running of the office on a day-to-day basis.
Jonathan Cawaling
Office Manager
Jonathan joined Quest as admin support in May 2015 and has worked his way up to being the Office Manager at Quest. Jon is an energetic professional who doesn’t mind wearing multiple hats. He is one of the highly valued employees of Quest. Jonathan manages the entire back office team including the accounts and IT desks and ensures the smooth running of the office on a day-to-day basis.
Team member
Roel Galang
IT /Data Administrator
Roel is our IT expert at Quest. He oversees and maintains all aspects of Quest’s computer infrastructure including maintaining networks, servers and security programs and systems. Roel has a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering.
Roel Galang
IT /Data Administrator
Roel is our IT expert at Quest. He oversees and maintains all aspects of Quest’s computer infrastructure including maintaining networks, servers and security programs and systems. Roel has a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering.
Roel Galang
IT /Data Administrator
Roel is our IT expert at Quest. He oversees and maintains all aspects of Quest’s computer infrastructure including maintaining networks, servers and security programs and systems. Roel has a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering.