Meet the Senior Management Team

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 worked at Michael Page prior to setting up Quest. As well as overseeing the UK and Dubai, he recruits within Retail and Ecommerce. He is based in Dubai where he has set up Quest’s Middle East office but he is in London every month meeting candidates. He is also the Founder and Publisher of Retail Gazette and Retail Moves.
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 worked at Michael Page prior to setting up Quest. As well as overseeing the UK and Dubai, he recruits within Retail and Ecommerce. He is based in Dubai where he has set up Quest’s Middle East office but he is in London every month meeting candidates. He is also the Founder and Publisher of Retail Gazette and Retail Moves.
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 worked at Michael Page prior to setting up Quest. As well as overseeing the UK and Dubai, he recruits within Retail and Ecommerce. He is based in Dubai where he has set up Quest’s Middle East office but he is in London every month meeting candidates. He is also the Founder and Publisher of Retail Gazette and Retail Moves.
Team member
Emma Whittington
Group Chairwoman
Emma Whittington is the Chairwoman of Quest Search & Selection. She is based in Dubai and has 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. Prior to joining Mondrian, she began her investment career at the Dutch bank ABN AMRO and later joined the Japanese bank Fuji Bank as part of their Investment Management department.
Emma Whittington
Group Chairwoman
Emma Whittington is the Chairwoman of Quest Search & Selection. She is based in Dubai and has 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. Prior to joining Mondrian, she began her investment career at the Dutch bank ABN AMRO and later joined the Japanese bank Fuji Bank as part of their Investment Management department.
Emma Whittington
Group Chairwoman
Emma Whittington is the Chairwoman of Quest Search & Selection. She is based in Dubai and has 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. Prior to joining Mondrian, she began her investment career at the Dutch bank ABN AMRO and later joined the Japanese bank Fuji Bank as part of their Investment Management department.
Team member
Grant Gibson
Commercial 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
Commercial 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
Commercial 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
Olivia Roberts
Head of Retail, Dubai
Olivia is the Head of Retail focusing on senior recruitment across the Gulf region. Olivia has over 5 years recruitment experience within UK & Middle East, specializing solely in the Retail Sector. Olivia has a Fashion & Textiles Degree from Leeds University, and a strong background in Business Development from a leading global mobile provider. Olivia specialises in placements of C Level Execs, Directors, Managers & Executives within Operations, Commercial, Buying & Merch, Design across MENA & Asia Pacific.
Olivia Roberts
Head of Retail, Dubai
Olivia is the Head of Retail focusing on senior recruitment across the Gulf region. Olivia has over 5 years recruitment experience within UK & Middle East, specializing solely in the Retail Sector. Olivia has a Fashion & Textiles Degree from Leeds University, and a strong background in Business Development from a leading global mobile provider. Olivia specialises in placements of C Level Execs, Directors, Managers & Executives within Operations, Commercial, Buying & Merch, Design across MENA & Asia Pacific.
Olivia Roberts
Head of Retail, Dubai
Olivia is the Head of Retail focusing on senior recruitment across the Gulf region. Olivia has over 5 years recruitment experience within UK & Middle East, specializing solely in the Retail Sector. Olivia has a Fashion & Textiles Degree from Leeds University, and a strong background in Business Development from a leading global mobile provider. Olivia specialises in placements of C Level Execs, Directors, Managers & Executives within Operations, Commercial, Buying & Merch, Design across MENA & Asia Pacific.
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
Rainer Iveson
Group Head of Consumer
Rainer joined Quest in January 2016. He has a Law Degree from Queen Mary University London and previous experience as a Marketing Manager for a retention marketing company based out of London. Rainer now specialises in FMCG recruitment across multiple distribution channels throughout the MENA region.
Rainer Iveson
Group Head of Consumer
Rainer joined Quest in January 2016. He has a Law Degree from Queen Mary University London and previous experience as a Marketing Manager for a retention marketing company based out of London. Rainer now specialises in FMCG recruitment across multiple distribution channels throughout the MENA region.
Rainer Iveson
Group Head of Consumer
Rainer joined Quest in January 2016. He has a Law Degree from Queen Mary University London and previous experience as a Marketing Manager for a retention marketing company based out of London. Rainer now specialises in FMCG recruitment across multiple distribution channels throughout the MENA region.
Team member
Terry Cannon
Group Head of Digital
Terry has joined Quest to lead our brand new Digital team in the UK. He brings with him 12 years of recruitment experience. He is a very passionate and knowledgable ecommerce and digital expert and has worked with some of the most iconic brands across the globe.
Terry Cannon
Group Head of Digital
Terry has joined Quest to lead our brand new Digital team in the UK. He brings with him 12 years of recruitment experience. He is a very passionate and knowledgable ecommerce and digital expert and has worked with some of the most iconic brands across the globe.
Terry Cannon
Group Head of Digital
Terry has joined Quest to lead our brand new Digital team in the UK. He brings with him 12 years of recruitment experience. He is a very passionate and knowledgable ecommerce and digital expert and has worked with some of the most iconic brands across the globe.

Meet Our Consultants

Team member
Vanessa Jakubowski
International FMCG, Dubai
Vanessa joined Quest in August 2016. She has a degree in Law and started her career as a Crime and Tax Paralegal before training as a Recruitment Consultant. Vanessa was initially tasked with expanding the Dubai office’s FMCG desk and now focuses on sales and marketing role in tobacco, alcohol, confectionary and soft drinks ranging from AED 15K – 65K per month in the MENA region.
Vanessa Jakubowski
International FMCG, Dubai
Vanessa joined Quest in August 2016. She has a degree in Law and started her career as a Crime and Tax Paralegal before training as a Recruitment Consultant. Vanessa was initially tasked with expanding the Dubai office’s FMCG desk and now focuses on sales and marketing role in tobacco, alcohol, confectionary and soft drinks ranging from AED 15K – 65K per month in the MENA region.
Vanessa Jakubowski
International FMCG, Dubai
Vanessa joined Quest in August 2016. She has a degree in Law and started her career as a Crime and Tax Paralegal before training as a Recruitment Consultant. Vanessa was initially tasked with expanding the Dubai office’s FMCG desk and now focuses on sales and marketing role in tobacco, alcohol, confectionary and soft drinks ranging from AED 15K – 65K per month in the MENA region.
Team member
Renu Dalani
Senior Consultant- Retail & Sourcing, Dubai
Renu has a Bachelor in Commerce from the University of Gujarat. Renu’s expertise is clearly reflected in the assignments she has successfully completed for multinational companies in Asia Pacific, GCC and MENA regions. Executive roles she has filled in the top tier international fashion and consumer brands include country-level General Managers, Retail Operations, Merchandising, Marketing & Digital, E-commerce, Wholesale Management, Retail & Store Development, Visual Merchandising Professionals along with Finance and HR Professionals across the regions.
Renu Dalani
Senior Consultant- Retail & Sourcing, Dubai
Renu has a Bachelor in Commerce from the University of Gujarat. Renu’s expertise is clearly reflected in the assignments she has successfully completed for multinational companies in Asia Pacific, GCC and MENA regions. Executive roles she has filled in the top tier international fashion and consumer brands include country-level General Managers, Retail Operations, Merchandising, Marketing & Digital, E-commerce, Wholesale Management, Retail & Store Development, Visual Merchandising Professionals along with Finance and HR Professionals across the regions.
Renu Dalani
Senior Consultant- Retail & Sourcing, Dubai
Renu has a Bachelor in Commerce from the University of Gujarat. Renu’s expertise is clearly reflected in the assignments she has successfully completed for multinational companies in Asia Pacific, GCC and MENA regions. Executive roles she has filled in the top tier international fashion and consumer brands include country-level General Managers, Retail Operations, Merchandising, Marketing & Digital, E-commerce, Wholesale Management, Retail & Store Development, Visual Merchandising Professionals along with Finance and HR Professionals across the regions.
Team member
Thea Kearse
Senior Consultant – Hospitality and Food & Beverage Sector, Dubai
Thea Joined Quest’s Dubai office after having a successful international career in Hospitality management spanning 10 years. Her experience has proven to give her a niche understanding of the luxury Hospitality & Leisure market. She specialises in roles within internationally renowned 5 star hotel groups, luxury independent restaurants and QSR.
Thea Kearse
Senior Consultant – Hospitality and Food & Beverage Sector, Dubai
Thea Joined Quest’s Dubai office after having a successful international career in Hospitality management spanning 10 years. Her experience has proven to give her a niche understanding of the luxury Hospitality & Leisure market. She specialises in roles within internationally renowned 5 star hotel groups, luxury independent restaurants and QSR.
Thea Kearse
Senior Consultant – Hospitality and Food & Beverage Sector, Dubai
Thea Joined Quest’s Dubai office after having a successful international career in Hospitality management spanning 10 years. Her experience has proven to give her a niche understanding of the luxury Hospitality & Leisure market. She specialises in roles within internationally renowned 5 star hotel groups, luxury independent restaurants and QSR.
Team member
Susie Hinton
Managing Consultant, London
Susie started her retail recruitment career with Quest specialising in Fashion and Home head office roles. She is currently in our Retail Team, specialising in Retail Operations and Head Office positions Mid to Senior Level, with a focus across the Midlands and North of the UK.
Susie Hinton
Managing Consultant, London
Susie started her retail recruitment career with Quest specialising in Fashion and Home head office roles. She is currently in our Retail Team, specialising in Retail Operations and Head Office positions Mid to Senior Level, with a focus across the Midlands and North of the UK.
Susie Hinton
Managing Consultant, London
Susie started her retail recruitment career with Quest specialising in Fashion and Home head office roles. She is currently in our Retail Team, specialising in Retail Operations and Head Office positions Mid to Senior Level, with a focus across the Midlands and North of the UK.
Team member
Sam Baillie
Consultant - FMCG, Dubai
Sam has joined our Consumer team at the Dubai office. He brings with him over 10 years of Account management experience across multinational, blue chip organisations both in London and the Middle East.
Sam Baillie
Consultant - FMCG, Dubai
Sam has joined our Consumer team at the Dubai office. He brings with him over 10 years of Account management experience across multinational, blue chip organisations both in London and the Middle East.
Sam Baillie
Consultant - FMCG, Dubai
Sam has joined our Consumer team at the Dubai office. He brings with him over 10 years of Account management experience across multinational, blue chip organisations both in London and the Middle East.
Team member
Vikram Joshi
Consultant- FMCG, Dubai
Vikram joined Quest in May 2017. He has a Business and Finance degree from Heriot Watt University Edinburgh and has previous experience of recruitment with Michael Page based out of Dubai
Vikram specializes in Engineering and Supply Chain roles across Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Retail, and FMCG within multiple distribution channels throughout the MENA region.
Vikram Joshi
Consultant- FMCG, Dubai
Vikram joined Quest in May 2017. He has a Business and Finance degree from Heriot Watt University Edinburgh and has previous experience of recruitment with Michael Page based out of Dubai
Vikram specializes in Engineering and Supply Chain roles across Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Retail, and FMCG within multiple distribution channels throughout the MENA region.
Vikram Joshi
Consultant- FMCG, Dubai
Vikram joined Quest in May 2017. He has a Business and Finance degree from Heriot Watt University Edinburgh and has previous experience of recruitment with Michael Page based out of Dubai
Vikram specializes in Engineering and Supply Chain roles across Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Retail, and FMCG within multiple distribution channels throughout the MENA region.
Team member
Karolina Plaskaty
Consultant- Techonology , London
Karolina joined Quest in March 2016 after having a successful career in retail management. Having previously worked at Vodafone and Lloyds Bank she gained management and sales experience . Specialising in Retail Operations and Head office roles in the Luxury Boutique, Jewellery and accessories sectors.
Karolina Plaskaty
Consultant- Techonology , London
Karolina joined Quest in March 2016 after having a successful career in retail management. Having previously worked at Vodafone and Lloyds Bank she gained management and sales experience . Specialising in Retail Operations and Head office roles in the Luxury Boutique, Jewellery and accessories sectors.
Karolina Plaskaty
Consultant- Techonology , London
Karolina joined Quest in March 2016 after having a successful career in retail management. Having previously worked at Vodafone and Lloyds Bank she gained management and sales experience . Specialising in Retail Operations and Head office roles in the Luxury Boutique, Jewellery and accessories sectors.
Team member
Emma Hutchinson
Consultant- Digital & Ecommerce, London
Emma is part of the Fashion Team at Quest, and specialises in stores, merchandising and logistics roles for premium brands across the UK. After completing a BA Geography Degree at the University of Nottingham, she travelled South America before joining the Boots Graduate Scheme. She spent a year in various retail management positions in London, and joined Quest as a Consultant in 2016.
Emma Hutchinson
Consultant- Digital & Ecommerce, London
Emma is part of the Fashion Team at Quest, and specialises in stores, merchandising and logistics roles for premium brands across the UK. After completing a BA Geography Degree at the University of Nottingham, she travelled South America before joining the Boots Graduate Scheme. She spent a year in various retail management positions in London, and joined Quest as a Consultant in 2016.
Emma Hutchinson
Consultant- Digital & Ecommerce, London
Emma is part of the Fashion Team at Quest, and specialises in stores, merchandising and logistics roles for premium brands across the UK. After completing a BA Geography Degree at the University of Nottingham, she travelled South America before joining the Boots Graduate Scheme. She spent a year in various retail management positions in London, and joined Quest as a Consultant in 2016.
Team member
Daniel Alleyne
Consultant - Digital & Ecommerce, London
Daniel brings with him over 5 years of digital marketing experience working with leading brands across Retail, FMCG, F&B, etc. He will be working with our Digital & Ecommerce team specializing in the Travel & Gaming sector.
Daniel Alleyne
Consultant - Digital & Ecommerce, London
Daniel brings with him over 5 years of digital marketing experience working with leading brands across Retail, FMCG, F&B, etc. He will be working with our Digital & Ecommerce team specializing in the Travel & Gaming sector.
Daniel Alleyne
Consultant - Digital & Ecommerce, London
Daniel brings with him over 5 years of digital marketing experience working with leading brands across Retail, FMCG, F&B, etc. He will be working with our Digital & Ecommerce team specializing in the Travel & Gaming sector.
Team member
Jennifer Ciminiello
Consultant- Digital & Ecommerce, London
Jennifer is a recruitment consultant at Quest. As part of the Digital team, she focuses on recruiting and market mapping the best talent as well as supporting the wider team across all divisions. Prior to joining the business, Jennifer worked in the retail industry with global leading flagship stores in central London. She is fluent in both Italian and Spanish. She has successfully completed her apprenticeship with Quest and now has a Level 3 Business Administration Diploma.
Jennifer Ciminiello
Consultant- Digital & Ecommerce, London
Jennifer is a recruitment consultant at Quest. As part of the Digital team, she focuses on recruiting and market mapping the best talent as well as supporting the wider team across all divisions. Prior to joining the business, Jennifer worked in the retail industry with global leading flagship stores in central London. She is fluent in both Italian and Spanish. She has successfully completed her apprenticeship with Quest and now has a Level 3 Business Administration Diploma.
Jennifer Ciminiello
Consultant- Digital & Ecommerce, London
Jennifer is a recruitment consultant at Quest. As part of the Digital team, she focuses on recruiting and market mapping the best talent as well as supporting the wider team across all divisions. Prior to joining the business, Jennifer worked in the retail industry with global leading flagship stores in central London. She is fluent in both Italian and Spanish. She has successfully completed her apprenticeship with Quest and now has a Level 3 Business Administration Diploma.
Team member
Rubee Variava
Consultant - Luxury, Dubai
Rubee joined the fashion team at Quest with 7 years’ experience in Fashion Buying within high profile brands like Net-A-Porter, Ralph Lauren and Timberland. Rubee completed a Fashion Design & Technology degree from Metropolitan University in Manchester. With her invaluable understanding of the retail industry, her specialist areas are recruiting for head office roles including Buying, Merchandising, Design and Production/Technical roles.
Rubee Variava
Consultant - Luxury, Dubai
Rubee joined the fashion team at Quest with 7 years’ experience in Fashion Buying within high profile brands like Net-A-Porter, Ralph Lauren and Timberland. Rubee completed a Fashion Design & Technology degree from Metropolitan University in Manchester. With her invaluable understanding of the retail industry, her specialist areas are recruiting for head office roles including Buying, Merchandising, Design and Production/Technical roles.
Rubee Variava
Consultant - Luxury, Dubai
Rubee joined the fashion team at Quest with 7 years’ experience in Fashion Buying within high profile brands like Net-A-Porter, Ralph Lauren and Timberland. Rubee completed a Fashion Design & Technology degree from Metropolitan University in Manchester. With her invaluable understanding of the retail industry, her specialist areas are recruiting for head office roles including Buying, Merchandising, Design and Production/Technical roles.
Team member
Roxana Marcu
Resourcer - 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
Resourcer - 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
Resourcer - 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
Uditi Mittal
Executive Resourcer- Retail, Dubai
Uditi began her recruitment career with Quest in November 2017. She has a Clinical Psychology degree from Kingston University, London. She also has previous recruitment experience with Michael Page as an intern based out of Dubai. As an executive resourcer, she specializes in Retail recruitment sourcing the best talent in the EMEA region. Having studied Psychology for 4 years, she understands the nuances of good candidate management and the responsibilities involved with being a successful recruiter.
Uditi Mittal
Executive Resourcer- Retail, Dubai
Uditi began her recruitment career with Quest in November 2017. She has a Clinical Psychology degree from Kingston University, London. She also has previous recruitment experience with Michael Page as an intern based out of Dubai. As an executive resourcer, she specializes in Retail recruitment sourcing the best talent in the EMEA region. Having studied Psychology for 4 years, she understands the nuances of good candidate management and the responsibilities involved with being a successful recruiter.
Uditi Mittal
Executive Resourcer- Retail, Dubai
Uditi began her recruitment career with Quest in November 2017. She has a Clinical Psychology degree from Kingston University, London. She also has previous recruitment experience with Michael Page as an intern based out of Dubai. As an executive resourcer, she specializes in Retail recruitment sourcing the best talent in the EMEA region. Having studied Psychology for 4 years, she understands the nuances of good candidate management and the responsibilities involved with being a successful recruiter.
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
Aneeyat Gardezi
Resourcer - Retail, London
Aneeyat joined Quest as a resourcer and will be working with our Retail team in London. She will be focusing on recruitment across the UK within the retail sector.
Aneeyat Gardezi
Resourcer - Retail, London
Aneeyat joined Quest as a resourcer and will be working with our Retail team in London. She will be focusing on recruitment across the UK within the retail sector.
Aneeyat Gardezi
Resourcer - Retail, London
Aneeyat joined Quest as a resourcer and will be working with our Retail team in London. She will be focusing on recruitment across the UK within the retail sector.