Meet the Senior Management Team

Team member
Emma Whittington
Group Chairwoman
Emma Whittington is the Chairwoman of Quest Search & Selection. She is based in Dubai and has the responsibility for business development. Emma is a graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford University. She joined the London based Mondrian Investment Partners Limited in 1995 and worked there until 2012 as a Senior Portfolio Manager. Emma covered many Asian markets and had a particular analytical interest in the Consumer Industry.
Emma Whittington
Group Chairwoman
Emma Whittington is the Chairwoman of Quest Search & Selection. She is based in Dubai and has the responsibility for business development. Emma is a graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford University. She joined the London based Mondrian Investment Partners Limited in 1995 and worked there until 2012 as a Senior Portfolio Manager. Emma covered many Asian markets and had a particular analytical interest in the Consumer Industry.
Emma Whittington
Group Chairwoman
Emma Whittington is the Chairwoman of Quest Search & Selection. She is based in Dubai and has the responsibility for business development. Emma is a graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford University. She joined the London based Mondrian Investment Partners Limited in 1995 and worked there until 2012 as a Senior Portfolio Manager. Emma covered many Asian markets and had a particular analytical interest in the Consumer Industry.
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
Grant Gibson
Managing Director, Dubai
Grant joined Quest in May 2018 as our new Commercial Director in Dubai. He is a seasoned recruitment professional with 12 years of experience both in the UK and the Middle East. At Quest, he will be leading up the IT recruitment Division across the MENA region and his primary focus is Finance, Banking and Tech sectors.
Grant Gibson
Managing Director, Dubai
Grant joined Quest in May 2018 as our new Commercial Director in Dubai. He is a seasoned recruitment professional with 12 years of experience both in the UK and the Middle East. At Quest, he will be leading up the IT recruitment Division across the MENA region and his primary focus is Finance, Banking and Tech sectors.
Grant Gibson
Managing Director, Dubai
Grant joined Quest in May 2018 as our new Commercial Director in Dubai. He is a seasoned recruitment professional with 12 years of experience both in the UK and the Middle East. At Quest, he will be leading up the IT recruitment Division across the MENA region and his primary focus is Finance, Banking and Tech sectors.
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.
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.

Meet Our Recruitment Team

Team member
Marco Ciaccia
Consultant- IT, Tech & Digital, Dubai
Marco brings with him over 2 years of recruitment experience in the UK. At Quest, his primary focus will be the IT, tech, digital sectors which are exciting growth areas in the Middle East.
Marco Ciaccia
Consultant- IT, Tech & Digital, Dubai
Marco brings with him over 2 years of recruitment experience in the UK. At Quest, his primary focus will be the IT, tech, digital sectors which are exciting growth areas in the Middle East.
Marco Ciaccia
Consultant- IT, Tech & Digital, Dubai
Marco brings with him over 2 years of recruitment experience in the UK. At Quest, his primary focus will be the IT, tech, digital sectors which are exciting growth areas in the Middle East.
Team member
Billy Buckley
Consultant- Retail, Dubai
Billy brings with him over 4 years of recruitment experience in Dubai and over a year experience in the UK. He is handling Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Buying & merchandising roles across the MENA region.
Billy Buckley
Consultant- Retail, Dubai
Billy brings with him over 4 years of recruitment experience in Dubai and over a year experience in the UK. He is handling Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Buying & merchandising roles across the MENA region.
Billy Buckley
Consultant- Retail, Dubai
Billy brings with him over 4 years of recruitment experience in Dubai and over a year experience in the UK. He is handling Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Buying & merchandising roles across the MENA region.
Team member
Mohamed Mahmoud
Consultant- IT, Dubai
Mohamed has recently joined Quest Dubai and will be recruiting within the IT sector. Mohamed started his recruitment career in the technical (IT) sector and moved further to Software Development across all markets such as; Investment Banking, Finance, Telco, Insurance, Hedge Funds, Legal etc.
Mohamed Mahmoud
Consultant- IT, Dubai
Mohamed has recently joined Quest Dubai and will be recruiting within the IT sector. Mohamed started his recruitment career in the technical (IT) sector and moved further to Software Development across all markets such as; Investment Banking, Finance, Telco, Insurance, Hedge Funds, Legal etc.
Mohamed Mahmoud
Consultant- IT, Dubai
Mohamed has recently joined Quest Dubai and will be recruiting within the IT sector. Mohamed started his recruitment career in the technical (IT) sector and moved further to Software Development across all markets such as; Investment Banking, Finance, Telco, Insurance, Hedge Funds, Legal etc.
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
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
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
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
Ruth Thevanesan
Executive Resourcer, London
Ruth is studying Business Management at Aston University. She will be working within our resourcing function and will be responsible for sourcing the best Digital and Ecommerce talent for leading brands globally.
Ruth Thevanesan
Executive Resourcer, London
Ruth is studying Business Management at Aston University. She will be working within our resourcing function and will be responsible for sourcing the best Digital and Ecommerce talent for leading brands globally.
Ruth Thevanesan
Executive Resourcer, London
Ruth is studying Business Management at Aston University. She will be working within our resourcing function and will be responsible for sourcing the best Digital and Ecommerce talent for leading brands globally.
Team member
Ruth Henson
Resource Specialist- FMCG, Dubai
Ruth began her recruitment career with Quest in 2013. She specializes in FMCG recruitment resourcing high-caliber junior to senior management candidates in the EMEA region. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines and has previous experience working for multinational FMCG brand distributor and a global IT business.
Ruth Henson
Resource Specialist- FMCG, Dubai
Ruth began her recruitment career with Quest in 2013. She specializes in FMCG recruitment resourcing high-caliber junior to senior management candidates in the EMEA region. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines and has previous experience working for multinational FMCG brand distributor and a global IT business.
Ruth Henson
Resource Specialist- FMCG, Dubai
Ruth began her recruitment career with Quest in 2013. She specializes in FMCG recruitment resourcing high-caliber junior to senior management candidates in the EMEA region. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines and has previous experience working for multinational FMCG brand distributor and a global IT business.
Team member
Roxana Marcu
Associate Consultant - Hospitality, Dubai
Roxy has 11 years in hospitality and customer service, 6 years in management.
She came in Middle East region in 2010 and for the last 7 years has been in managerial roles in Dubai for standalone restaurants and hotel outlets.
Passionate about hospitality industry, she is currently studying for her BBA Degree at Swiss Business School.
Roxana Marcu
Associate Consultant - Hospitality, Dubai
Roxy has 11 years in hospitality and customer service, 6 years in management.
She came in Middle East region in 2010 and for the last 7 years has been in managerial roles in Dubai for standalone restaurants and hotel outlets.
Passionate about hospitality industry, she is currently studying for her BBA Degree at Swiss Business School.
Roxana Marcu
Associate Consultant - Hospitality, Dubai
Roxy has 11 years in hospitality and customer service, 6 years in management.
She came in Middle East region in 2010 and for the last 7 years has been in managerial roles in Dubai for standalone restaurants and hotel outlets.
Passionate about hospitality industry, she is currently studying for her BBA Degree at Swiss Business School.
Team member
Melisa Albuquerque
Resourcer- Tech & Digital, Dubai
Melisa is an executive resourcer at Quest handling recruitment within Tech and Digital sectors. As part of the team, she focuses on recruiting and mapping the best talent as well as supporting the wider team across all divisions.
Melisa Albuquerque
Resourcer- Tech & Digital, Dubai
Melisa is an executive resourcer at Quest handling recruitment within Tech and Digital sectors. As part of the team, she focuses on recruiting and mapping the best talent as well as supporting the wider team across all divisions.
Melisa Albuquerque
Resourcer- Tech & Digital, Dubai
Melisa is an executive resourcer at Quest handling recruitment within Tech and Digital sectors. As part of the team, she focuses on recruiting and mapping the best talent as well as supporting the wider team across all divisions.
Team member
Natalia Dsouza
Executive Resourcer, Dubai
Natalia is an executive resourcer at Quest handling recruitment within IT & Digital. As part of the team, she focuses on recruiting and mapping the best talent as well as supporting the wider team across all divisions.
Natalia Dsouza
Executive Resourcer, Dubai
Natalia is an executive resourcer at Quest handling recruitment within IT & Digital. As part of the team, she focuses on recruiting and mapping the best talent as well as supporting the wider team across all divisions.
Natalia Dsouza
Executive Resourcer, Dubai
Natalia is an executive resourcer at Quest handling recruitment within IT & Digital. As part of the team, she focuses on recruiting and mapping the best talent as well as supporting the wider team across all divisions.
Team member
Kerina Ramos
Executive Resourcer, Dubai
Kerina is an executive resourcer at Quest handling recruitment within IT & Digital. As part of the team, she focuses on recruiting and mapping the best talent as well as supporting the wider team across all divisions.
Kerina Ramos
Executive Resourcer, Dubai
Kerina is an executive resourcer at Quest handling recruitment within IT & Digital. As part of the team, she focuses on recruiting and mapping the best talent as well as supporting the wider team across all divisions.
Kerina Ramos
Executive Resourcer, Dubai
Kerina is an executive resourcer at Quest handling recruitment within IT & Digital. As part of the team, she focuses on recruiting and mapping the best talent as well as supporting the wider team across all divisions.
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
Dece Serna
Office Admin
Dece has been with Quest since 2014 as a Data Administrator. With her being attentive to details, she was able to maintain and improve the company’s CRM (also acts as the IT when Roel is not around). She’s also the one responsible for the employee’s user logins. And of course, she is the Quest Dubai’s frontline where she provides an excellent customer service that is second to none.
Dece Serna
Office Admin
Dece has been with Quest since 2014 as a Data Administrator. With her being attentive to details, she was able to maintain and improve the company’s CRM (also acts as the IT when Roel is not around). She’s also the one responsible for the employee’s user logins. And of course, she is the Quest Dubai’s frontline where she provides an excellent customer service that is second to none.
Dece Serna
Office Admin
Dece has been with Quest since 2014 as a Data Administrator. With her being attentive to details, she was able to maintain and improve the company’s CRM (also acts as the IT when Roel is not around). She’s also the one responsible for the employee’s user logins. And of course, she is the Quest Dubai’s frontline where she provides an excellent customer service that is second to none.
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.
Team member
Teresa de Leon
Advertising Executive
Tessa manages the advertising for Quest on various job portals. She has extensive experience recruiting for multiple manpower requisitions across various disciplines.
Teresa de Leon
Advertising Executive
Tessa manages the advertising for Quest on various job portals. She has extensive experience recruiting for multiple manpower requisitions across various disciplines.
Teresa de Leon
Advertising Executive
Tessa manages the advertising for Quest on various job portals. She has extensive experience recruiting for multiple manpower requisitions across various disciplines.
Team member
Firdaus Khan
Digital Marketing Executive
Firdaus has been working with Quest for over 2 years. She manages both online and offline marketing activities and branding of Quest in Dubai and London. She has a MA (Hons.) degree in Business Management and valuable digital marketing certifications.
Firdaus Khan
Digital Marketing Executive
Firdaus has been working with Quest for over 2 years. She manages both online and offline marketing activities and branding of Quest in Dubai and London. She has a MA (Hons.) degree in Business Management and valuable digital marketing certifications.
Firdaus Khan
Digital Marketing Executive
Firdaus has been working with Quest for over 2 years. She manages both online and offline marketing activities and branding of Quest in Dubai and London. She has a MA (Hons.) degree in Business Management and valuable digital marketing certifications.
Team member
Rawan Ali Khan
Accounts Executive
Rawan has recently joined Quest and is handling our accounts activities across both Dubai and London offices. She has a degree in Bachelors of Business Management (Specialized Major in HR and Minor in Auditing) and valuable finance certifications.
Rawan Ali Khan
Accounts Executive
Rawan has recently joined Quest and is handling our accounts activities across both Dubai and London offices. She has a degree in Bachelors of Business Management (Specialized Major in HR and Minor in Auditing) and valuable finance certifications.
Rawan Ali Khan
Accounts Executive
Rawan has recently joined Quest and is handling our accounts activities across both Dubai and London offices. She has a degree in Bachelors of Business Management (Specialized Major in HR and Minor in Auditing) and valuable finance certifications.