Meet the Team

Alex Grimes
Recruitment Specialist
Alex is the youngest member of the Zest team now entering his fifth year in Healthcare Recruitment. Specialising in commercially focused search assignments, Alex is committed to aligning himself with the leading talent and most attractive opportunities within the sector....show more
Caitlyn Lindley
Recruitment Specialist
A Social Science Graduate with professional experience as an Outreach & Engagement Coordinator within the Higher Education sector. A key part of Caitlyn's previous role was to showcase the potential opportunities within the University and she has quickly transferred these skills into the recruitment sector, demonstrating a natural affinity for social engagement. Caitlyn is equally excited about forging a career within the Digital Health, Pharma, & Biotech markets as well as now having a job title which people actually have a clue about what she does. ...show more
Darran Walenta
Senior Recruiter
Having worked in recruitment since 2001 and within his current sector since 2003, Darran has an exceptional understanding of the market and a huge network of professionals to draw from. A founding member of Zest, Darran works with an established independent and corporate client base; focusing predominantly on the UK market, he also has expertise in recruiting for Mainland Europe, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia....show more
Darren Moore
Senior Recruiter
Founding member of the team, with over 20 years experience in the industry. Recruiter by day, junior Football tactical genius by night... just make sure you don't use the last of the milk. ...show more
David Leavis
David Leavis
Recruitment Specialist
Josh Grainger
Recruitment Specialist
A law graduate, Josh came from a trading platform prior to joining Zest and looks after candidates and clients in the East of England, from the River Thames to the Scottish border. Josh has a superb quality of listening to candidate requirements, paired with a tenacity in actively searching for the most perfect opportunities. ...show more
Kieran Lindley
Executive Recruiter
Kieran joined Zest in 2015 as a Specialist Recruitment Consultant. He has always had a passion for science, new technologies and clinical developments. This interest has enabled him to quickly forge a highly credible reputation, providing specialist information and genuine insight which helps him engage with candidates and clients alike. Also, runs the tuck shop and will do you a great deal on a Chunky Kit Kat....show more
Matt Morland
Senior Recruiter
Original member of the Zest team with over a decade of experience recruiting across the Scientific & Healthcare sectors. An ex PE Teacher who modelled himself on Brian Glover's character in Kes, which probably explains why he's better suited to the world of recruitment. ...show more
Neil Dewsbury
Executive Recruiter
Neil started out in the laboratory for a leading Clinical Research Organisation in 1993 conducting research and analytical services for the pharmaceutical world before progressing into clinical operations for the same company. Neil spent a further 4 years as Principal Project Scientist leading a team of project and operational scientists conducting early phase trials. The transfer was made into recruitment where he has spent over a decade recruiting for the scientific and healthcare industries. A keen Nottingham Forest fan, Neil will gladly discuss the club’s history as they apparently won a couple of trophies during the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons....show more
Rebecca Wood
Executive Recruiter
Rebecca joined Zest in 2011, a Business and Human Resources Graduate with well over ten years’ experience within the optical recruitment industry. Rebecca has a passion for the profession and has developed a flair for identifying talent, closely matching clients and candidates. ...show more
Sam Bowden
Recruitment Specialist
Steve McMurray
Senior Recruiter
Highly experienced Recruiter and founding member of the company, Steve has been actively involved in recruiting within Sales & Marketing roles since he joined the industry following graduation. The last 14 years have seen him specifically working within the healthcare industries forging strong networks in a number of niche areas. He loves a bit of desk drumming... his colleagues are not so keen....show more
Yaiza Arias
Recruitment Specialist