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At getabed, we strongly, and rightly feel our staff are our biggest asset. We count ourselves lucky to have some of the most accomplished, capable and motivated staff in the travel industry. We try very hard to continually develop our staff and sustain our team spirit. Keeping the ‘small company’ atmosphere and spirit as we grow is challenging, but is something we are very successful at.

With customer service our number one priority, we only bring on board team players, who share our passion for the highest levels of service. This is an imperative component in our achievement of having, arguably, the best reputation for customer care.

We are so proud of our staff that we want our customers to meet them all so they can see who they are dealing with. We believe this helps in building a rapport with our customers, which is vital to our continuing success.

Please meet our team…..

Abdalla Wageeh

Job Title
Contracts Manager UAE
Start Date
01 February 2017
Experience
I started my career in Travel in 1997 in Egypt where I was a front office Assistant Manager, for a family run hotel. I then worked for another hotel in Egypt for 5 years before returning to Dubai and working for Emirates NBD bank. I wanted to return to working in Travel. I worked initially for GTA as an Operations Supervisor and eventually I was promoted to a Contractor. Upon leaving GTA I moved to Arabian Explorers where I stayed for over a year until becoming a Contractor for the UAE market working for Getabed.
Interests

I am interested in History, Arts, Literature and Football

Q Where would you like to live in the world?

A By the beach

Q What’s the highest place you’ve been?

A Jabal (Mountain) Hafeet in Al Ain City

Q Who is the most famous person you've met?

A Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohamed Bin Rashed.

Q What one thing would you take on a desert island

A A lighter

Q What one person would you take on a desert island

A Myself

Q What is the first thing you would do if you were invisible?

A Sit and watch people

Q What is your best physical feature?

A My Hair

Q What is the first thing you notice about people?

A Their eyes

Q Who is your favourite TV personality?

A Chandler Bing from Friends

Q If you could own any car, what would it be?

A Many - One of them is a Range Rover Vogue

Adrian Budugan

Adrian Budugan
Job Title
Customer Support Agent
Start Date
27th October 2017
Experience
After graduating from university and getting my degree in Geography, I started working in the travel industry by organising activities for children in different camp locations. I have previously worked as a technical support agent and as a virtual assistant in the real estate industry, both companies being located in the U.S.
Interests

I like spending time in nature as much as possible. I enjoy swimming, climbing mountains and experiencing any new challenges that come along.

Q Where would you like to live in the world?

A In Romania.

Q What was your nickname at school?

A It was Bubu.

Q What’s a useless fact about yourself?

A I sometimes wake up at night and eat sweets.

Q What’s the highest place you’ve been?

A Moldoveanu Peak, which is the highest in Romania.

Q What one thing would you take on a desert island?

A A piece of flint.

Q What one person would you choose to take on a desert island?

A My girlfriend.

Q What is the first thing you would do if you were invisible?

A I would try to find out how I can be visible again.

Q What’s your best physical feature?

A My eyes.

Q What vices do you have?

A I love coffee.

Q Are you a collector of anything?

A I love maps, so I collect the ones that present an interest, in digital or on paper formats.

Q What’s your motto in life?

A If it looks stupid but it works, it’s not stupid.

Q What’s the first thing you notice about people?

A Their body language.

Q Who’s your favorite TV personality?

A I don’t really watch TV.

Q In a film about your life, what actor(ess) would play you?

A Jim Carrey (he can be funny and serious, but mostly funny).

Q Dream celebrity date?

A Scarlett Johansson.

Q If you could be an animal, what would it be?

A Probably a duck, since it can swim, stay on the ground and fly. Also, I like ducks.

Q What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

A I crossed a mountain range during winter and witnessed a non-threatening avalanche.

Q What couldn’t you live without?

A My free will.

Q What are your favorite travel destinations?

A Romania has a lot of amazing travel destinations, but whichever place includes water, mountains or both, is my favorite.

Q What is your favorite hotel visited?

A I prefer chalets, they are closer to nature.

Amanda Peers

Job Title
Head of Operations
Start Date
21st November 2016
Experience
I have studied, travelled and worked within the travel industry since leaving school. 10 years of my career was with TUI Travel. I started as the Overseas Development Manager for First Choice Holidays working in marketing, branding overseas at all touchpoints and reinventing their in-resort Children’s Clubs proposition. I then moved across to the Specialist Division working firstly on updating their overseas service to a premium offering as their Service Delivery Manager. I was promoted to the Head of Customer Services where I was responsible for fulfilling approx. 350K customer holidays per year for 9 brands. This included supplier confirmations, ticketing & dispatch, forced changes, in-resort service, incident management and post-holiday complaints.
Interests

I love being outdoors especially with my girls, so at the weekend you will find us cycling, walking and swimming. I also play hockey for Brighton and Hove. I am currently doing my second stage Makaton course with my husband.

Q What's a useless fact about yourself?

A I am a pescetarian

Q Who’s the most famous person you’ve met?

A Probably more infamous. Margaret Thatcher at a BA & Disney conference for Disney’s 25th year anniversary

Q What vices do you have?

A Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles, in my glass, in my bath or in the air

Q Are you a collector of anything?

A Would call it hoarding of anything that belongs to my girls

Q What’s the best present you’ve ever received?

A My girls of course

Q What’s your motto in life?

A Home is where the heart is 😊

Q Who is your favourite TV personality?

A Sorry Ant and Dec

Q Dream celebrity date?

A Aiden Turner all dark and mysterious mmmmm

Q What is the most daring thing you've ever done?

A Skydive in Florida. It was the best high ever!

Q What are your favourite travel destinations?

A South Africa for the world cup 2010 amazing! Mauritius for my honeymoon. Not forgetting any European ski resort.

Andy Winstanley

Andy Winstanley
Job Title
IT Director
Start Date
28th November 2005
Experience
I have over 29 years experience in the travel industry (although I know I don't look that old) and have had a varied career with roles including tour operating, retail, e-commerce, marketing, IT and sales. I have had many responsibilities since I've been with getabed and now have overall responsibility for the Systems and IT department. We have a fantastic team and I am hugely proud of what we have achieved together so far and thank you all for your part in our growth and success!
Interests

Most of my spare time is devoted to coaching my sons U15's football team and our new found love of Futsal!

Q Where would you like to live in the world?

A There’s nowhere better than Brighton!

Q What’s the highest place you’ve been?

A World Trade Centre, New York

Q What vices do you have?

A Red Wine

Q What’s the best present you’ve ever received?

A My three children

Q What’s the worst present you’ve ever received?

A A boot tidy for the car!

Q In a film about your life, what actor would play you?

A Richard Gere

Q What couldn't you live with out?

A My iPhone

Q What is your favourite travel destination?

A Could choose between Barcelona, Amsterdam and Polzeath

Q What is your Favourite hotel visited?

A Serena Beach Hotel, Malindi, Kenya

Clive Blanthorn

Clive Blanthorn
Job Title
Purchase Ledger Clerk
Start Date
30th April 2012
Experience
I have been an accountant, in one guise or another, since leaving sixth form 16 years ago. I am AAT qualified and until I joined getabed my background was mainly within practice, which gave me a wide variety of companies and businesses, record production and work ethic. I did spend a year working for a civil engineering company as their company accountant. I enjoy working with numbers and I wish to put all my efforts into one company alone. This is my first position in the travel industry, and am really enjoying being part of the friendly team that's getabed.
Interests

Music, socialising and walking (normally with dog). I also used to line dance but my knees will not hold up to it on a regular basis at the moment.

Q Where would you like to live in the world?

A Texas, USA. Where a cowboy hat doesn't look out of place

Q What’s a useless fact about yourself?

A I think I may be an American trapped in an Englishman's body

Q What vices do you have?

A Fast food is a big vice

Q What’s the best present you’ve ever received?

A The best gift I received was that of becoming a daddy!

Q Are you a collector of anything?

A Not so much a collector, as a hoarder

Q Who is your favourite TV personality?

A Dog the Bounty Hunter, I want boots like his

Q What are your favourite travel destinations?

A Walt Disney World Florida. Truly magical

Q What one thing would you take on a desert island?

A A good sharp axe

Q What is your Favourite hotel visited?

A Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Emilia Buzic

Emilia Buzic
Job Title
Customer Support Agent
Start Date
8th January 2018
Experience
I first started to work in high school as a translator for various companies in my hometown. Since then, I’ve had work experiences in various domains, like accountancy, customer care, hospitality, tourism and content writing. Apart from these, I volunteered for several events during College, mainly multicultural, educational and tourism related. All these experiences helped me improve my knowledge and skills, to learn new languages and travel, as well as to make friends all around the world. Looking forward to more with Get a bed!
Interests

Travelling, learning new languages, reading, watching movies, TV series and documentaries, going out with my friends, exploring nature.

Q Where would you like to live in the world?

A In the Nordic countries.

Q What one thing would you take on a desert island?

A Sunscreen.

Q What one person would you choose to take on a desert island?

A My boyfriend.

Q What is your best physical feature?

A My eyes.

Q What vices do you have?

A Smoking.

Q Are you a collector of anything?

A I collect fridge magnets from everywhere I go and coins from countries I visit.

Q What’s the first thing you notice about people?

A Their eyes.

Q What is your favorite TV personality?

A Morgan Freeman.

Q Dream celebrity date?

A Adam Levine.

Q If you could be animal, what would you be?

A I would definitely be a cat.

Fabrizia Buccilli

Fabrizia Buccilli
Job Title
Customer Support Agent
Start Date
10th August 2015
Experience
I have a degree in Tourism and my first job was customer support and customer care for a hotel chain in Italy. As it was a seasonal job after 3 years I decided to move to England where I worked in a restaurant and settled into life on the south coast making lots of precious friends. After 1 ½ years I finally found the job I was looking for here at getabed, a position that brings me back to a career I left in the travel industry.
Interests

Spending time with my family (when I’m in Italy!). I am truly passionate about modern dance and I love basketball as well.

Q Where would you like to live in the world?

A It usually changes at least once every two years..at the moment I would say Dubai!

Q What was your nickname at school?

A It was “Buccia” which in English means “peel” (it comes from my surname Buccilli)

Q What’s a useless fact about yourself?

A I have a phobia of bees.

Q What one thing would you take on a desert island?

A Sun lotion!!

Q What is the first thing you would do if you were invisible?

A Travelling everywhere for free! What else?!

Q What vices do you have?

A I bite my nails

Q What’s the best present you’ve ever received?

A There is a star in the sky that has my name :)

Q If you could own any car, what would it be?

A Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

Q Dream celebrity date?

A Justin Timberlake!!

Q What are your favourite travel destinations?

A I can’t decide if I haven’t visited every place....can I?

Jackie Martin

Job Title
Customer Care Agent
Start Date
17th November 2014
Experience
I worked at Thomas Cook as a Customer Relations Executive/ Senior Customer Relations for 5 years. I loved the challenge of that role but the office was relocated. From there I spent 18 months living in Canada and working as a front desk agent in a busy hostel. I am enjoying my role as a Customer Care Agent at getabed and helping the agents with their enquiries.
Interests

I am very outdoorsy and love to hike and bike. I am passionate about travel and have visited 5 different continents. I also love skiing and recently became a certified scuba diver.

Q Where would you like to live in the world?

A My own tropical island

Q What’s the highest place you’ve been?

A Cusco Peru

Q What one person would you choose to take to a desert island?

A Bear Grylls

Q What is your best physical feature?

A My smile

Q What vices do you have?

A Addicted to hot chilli sauce

Q If you could own any car, what would it be?

A Any kind of 4x4

Q In a film about your life, what actor(ess) would play you?

A Angelina Jolie

Q If you could be animal, what would it be?

A A tiger because they are strong and pretty

Q What is the most daring thing you have ever done?

A Travelled most of the world on my own

Q What is your favourite hotel visited?

A My own little beach hut on Tioman Island, Malaysia

Jane Nobleza

Jane Nobleza
Job Title
Accounts Assistant
Start Date
July 2014
Experience
My previous work experiences were in the hospitality sector and recently in a travel company as an Accounts Assistant. I am looking forward to a more challenging role as part of the Getabed finance team.
Interests

Interests

Chatting with families and friends, net surfing, strolling and holidays.

Q Where would you like to live in the world?

A Austria

Q What one thing would you take on a desert island?

A My Phone

Q What one person would you choose to take on a desert island?

A The one who inspired me

Q What’s the best present you’ve ever received?

A IPAD 4

Q What’s the worst present you’ve ever received?

A Not worst but funny - A box of artificial flowers for my birthday

Q What’s your motto in life?

A Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.

Q What’s the first thing you notice about people?

A Their smile

Q Dream celebrity date?

A Ben Affleck

Q If you could be animal, what would it be?

A Puppy

Q What couldn't you live with out?

A My family

Q What are your favourite travel destinations?

A Asia Pacific Countries and Europe

Jasmin Basilio

Jasmin Basilio
Job Title
Accounts Payable Clerk
Start Date
12th August 2013
Experience
I moved to Dubai back in 2009 and started working in accounts for another travel company before joining Getabed.
Interests

I love reading books, watching fiction movies & series, shopping and going on holidays.

Q Where would you like to live in the world?

A Ireland.

Q What's a useless fact about yourself?

A I am a show maniac.

Q What one person would you choose to take on a desert island?

A The love of my life.

Q Are you a collector of anything?

A Books.

Q What's your motto in life?

A Appreciate what you have, before time teaches you to appreciate what you had.

Q What is the first thing you notice about people?

A Eyes, for they are the windows to the soul.

Q If you could own any car, what would it be?

A Audi R8 Spyder.

Q In a film about your life, what actor(ess) would play you?

A Shailene Woodley

Q Dream celebrity date?

A Ian Somerhalder.

Q If you could be an animal, what would it be?

A A dolphin.

Q What is your favourite hotel visited?

A Shangri-la Qaryat Al Beri.

Laila Mance

Laila Mance
Job Title
Accounts Assistant
Start Date
15th January 2018
Experience
Right after college, I started working in an IC manufacturing company in the Philippines for 10 years, then I moved to Dubai and have been working as an HR Executive for 8 years in a manpower/service provider company.
Interests

Watching tv series and movies, going out on holidays.

Q Where would you like to live in the world?

A New Zealand / Switzerland.

Q What was your nickname at school?

A Laila.

Q What’s a useless fact about yourself?

A I am a licensed driver.

Q What’s the highest place you’ve been?

A Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, UAE.

Q What is the first thing you would do if you were invisible?

A To sneak in inside an aircraft.

Q What vices do you have?

A None.

Q Are you a collector of anything?

A Souvenirs from different places that I visited.

Q What’s the best present you’ve ever received?

A Pandora Bracelet.

Q What’s your motto in life?

A Time is gold.

Q What’s the first thing you notice about people?

A The way they approach.

Q Who is your favorite TV personality?

A I have no one in particular.

Q If you could own any car, what would it be?

A Mini Cooper.

Q In a film about your life, what actor(ess) would play you?

A Angelina Jolie.

Q Dream celebrity date?

A Henry Cavill.

Q If you could be animal, what would it be?

A Dolphin.

Q What couldn't you live without?

A Mobile phone.

Q What is your favorite travel destinations?

A Singapore.

Q What is your Favorite hotel visited?

A AL Hamra Residence and Village.

Lucy Watson

Lucy Watson
Job Title
Content Executive
Start Date
1st December 2007
Experience
I have worked in travel for 10 years, previously working for Panorama and Manos Holidays, Club 18-30 and Flexibletrips. I've been at Getabed for 6 years starting off as a Customer Support Agent to a Product Assistant and most recently taking the role of a Content Executive.
Interests

I enjoy socialising, shopping and spending as much time as I can on holiday.

Q What’s a useless fact about yourself?

A Im a twin.

Q What’s the highest place you’ve been?

A Eiffel Tower

Q Who’s the most famous person you’ve met?

A Simon Cowell

Q What is the first thing you would do if you were invisible?

A Go shopping in the most expensive shops and not pay.

Q What’s the best present you’ve ever received?

A Swimming with dolphins

Q What’s the first thing you notice about people?

A Teeth

Q Dream celebrity date?

A Jamie Redknapp

Q If you could be animal, what would it be?

A Dolphin

Q What couldn't you live with out?

A My friends and Family

Q What is your favourite travel destinations?

A Orlando and Barbados

Q What is your Favourite hotel visited?

A Sandy Lane, Barbados

Luisa Marasigan

Luisa Marasigan
Job Title
Accounts Assistant
Start Date
July 2014
Experience
I have over 5 years of customer service experience in a pawnshop industry. Then, I decided to move in Dubai 2 and half years back and was given an opportunity to work in accounts in another travel company before joining Getabed.
Interests

Interests Spending time with family, helping my daughter do her homework, watching movies, shopping, playing volleyball, mountain climbing, and many more.....

Where would you like to live in the world?

ACanada

What’s a useless fact about yourself?

AI can’t swim

What one person would you choose to take on a desert island?

AMy husband

What is the first thing you would do if you were invisible?

ATravel around the world and go shopping for free

What vices do you have?

AChocolates

What’s the best present you’ve ever received?

A iPhone 5S

What’s your motto in life?

AWhen you are down to nothing, God is up to something.

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

ATheir eyes

If you could be animal, what would it be?

ABird (so that I can fly)

What couldn't you live without?

AMy family

What is your Favourite hotel visited?

A St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Matt Stuart

Matt Stuart
Job Title
Managing Director
Start Date
10th December 1998
Experience
As a 20 year old having left college, I had no previous travel industry experience when I took over getabed.co.uk. It was a very small company at the time and was one of 2 or 3 accommodation suppliers to travel agents at the time. The business model has never changed and we are now one of the only truly, trade only suppliers in the marketplace. I learnt what I was doing very quickly as it was a case of 'sink or swim'. We only sold USA accommodation up until 2001, which is strange to remember now, as it contrasts so heavily now with the 75,000 + hotels worldwide we now feature!! The company has grown year on year since I took over in 1998 and having made it in to the Sunday Times Fast track 100 (top 100 fastest growing private companies in the UK over the past 3 years)in 2010, we are all very excited about the future! It is both rewarding and encouraging to know that companies like ours can succeed by focusing 100% on customer service.
Interests

I play football on Saturdays and follow Everton - The peoples club, very closely. My other interests include, socialising with friends and being Dad to my daughter!

Q What’s the highest place you’ve been?

A Val Thorens

Q What is the first thing you would do if you were invisible?

A Head to the bank

Q What vices do you have?

A Dark rum

Q What’s the first thing you notice about people?

A Eyes

Q Who is your favourite TV personality?

A Will Ferrell

Q If you could own any car, what would it be?

A Aston Martin Vantage

Q In a film about your life, what actor(ess) would play you?

A Ricky Gervais

Q What is the most daring thing you've ever done?

A Wing walk

Q What is your favourite travel destination?

A South Africa

Q What is your Favourite hotel visited?

A Tongsai Bay, Ko Samui, Thailand

Michael Wiles

Michael Wiles
Job Title
XML Account Executive
Start Date
25th June 2015
Experience
Having worked in retail for numerous years in a variety of roles, this is my first position in the travel industry. I’ve got 7 years experience centered around delivering a great customer experience, and having joined Getabed I now have the opportunity to bring these skills to a sector I’m passionate about. I’ve always loved sampling the sights and sounds of the world, always planning another adventure. So far I’ve seen plenty of Europe and a bit of Asia, but there are many more places on my list and it keeps growing faster than I can tick them off. As part of the Getabed team I look forward to taking on a new challenge and being part of the company’s continued success.
Interests

I enjoy playing music and can occasionally be found singing songs in local pubs about beards, bees and other pressing topics of the day. When the British weather will allow it I like to get out on my bike and take in some of the beautiful south downs scenery, but when the evening comes I enjoy finding a good spot to socialize and meet new people.

Q Where would you like to live in the world?

A Brighton of course! I just moved here and already love life by the sea.

Q What's a useless fact about yourself?

A My friends call me the sponge because I remember the most useless facts. I'm a great addition to any pub quiz team.

Q What's the highest place you have been?

A Parseierspitze in Austria 3060m. Getting down was interesting.

Q Who’s the most famous person you’ve met?

A Well, Rick Wakeman once set my guitar up for me for a gig I was playing. He was a lovely guy.

Q What one thing would you take on a desert island?

A A hammock

Q What vices do you have?

A I'm currently recovering from a serious biscuit addiction. So far I'm 1 month clean.

Q What is the first thing that you would do if you were invisible?

A Put on a white sheet and pretend to be a ghost.

Q Are you a collector of anything?

A I would say no, but everyone else I meet thinks that having a violin, mandolin, didgeridoo and 7 guitars constitutes a collection.

Q If you could own any car, what would it be?

A Jaguar XJR in classic British Racing Green

Q If you could be an animal, what would it be?

A An owl, they are by far the most incredible birds.

Q What are your favourite travel destinations?

A Anywhere with lots of mountains, they are simply the best backdrop to any trip. My current favourites are the alps, but there are many more ranges that I would like to climb.

Mohamed Grab

Mohamed Grab
Job Title
Customer Support Agent
Start Date
July 2014
Experience
I started working in the travel industry in Egypt during my studies as a tour guide, offering a specialist knowledge of subjects , such as natural history , art and architecture. and after graduating from faculty of languages and translation ( French depart). I moved to Dubai in 2008 and I started working in a travel agency as a travel consultant for 4 years and during that time I have got a great experience of arranging packages to customers inbound and outbound and making international and domestic flights bookings using Galileo & sabre systems. From 2011 until 2013 I worked for TBO holidays ( B2B) as an operations consultant and I have got an experience of making online hotels reservations and the ability of dealing directly with the hotels and the wholesalers worldwide.
Interests

Work out, music, and clubbing.

Q Where would you like to live in the world?

A In Madinah ( Saudi Arabia )

Q What's the heighest place that you've been?

A Jebel Hafeet , Al Ain – UAE

Q What's the best present you've ever received?

A My mum.

Q What's your motto in life?

A Money does not buy happiness.

Q What was your nickname at school?

A Mohamed Felix.

Q What's the first thing you notice about people?

A Their appearance.

Q If you could own any car, what would it be?

A Corvette c7

Q What one person would you choose to take on a desert island?

A My sister, Aida.

Q Dream celebrity date?

A Megan Good and Lara Fabian.

Q What couldn't you live without?

A My phone and social media.

Rachael Stuart

Rachael Stuart
Job Title
Financial Controller
Start Date
3rd January 2016
Experience
Experience TBC
Interests

Interests TBC

Q What one person would you choose to take on a desert island?

A My Husband

Q What’s your best physical feature?

A Eyes

Q Are you a collector of anything?

A Elephants (not real... ornaments, pictures etc. from places I have travelled)

Q What’s the best present you’ve ever received?

A A holiday to Thailand

Q What’s your motto in life?

A It's better to try and fail than fail at trying

Q If you could own any car, what would it be?

A Audi R8 Spyder

Q In a film about your life, what actor(ess) would play you?

A Jennifer Lawrence

Q If you could be animal, what would it be?

A Lioness

Q What couldn't you live with out?

A My iPhone – it keeps me in touch with all family and friends near and far

Q What is your favourite travel destination?

A Sri Lanka