Quest People Solutions


Grant Girdler – Managing Director

Grant Girdler – Managing Director

Grant has successfully completed executive search and advertised recruitment assignments for 20+ years. His longevity in a challenging and often transient industry is testimony to his commitment to customer service and building relationships. He has worked on behalf of private and public companies, as well as state and local governments at middle management through to senior executive and CEO levels.

Grant commenced his career in executive recruitment in 1989. He then spent eight years at KPMG as Director of Consulting. Grant was instrumental in establishing and leading KPMG’s executive search, selection, and human resources consulting practice. Grant’s experience has also encompassed broader HR Consulting including outplacement and career transition programs, salary and remuneration advice, performance management, executive retention strategies, cultural vitality reviews and organisational and structural reviews.

Grant continues to specialise in executive search and selection for middle management and senior executive permanent positions. He operates in the corporate, commercial and industrial sectors from the ‘C’ levels (CEO, CFO, COO) down through the organisation. Given his particular knowledge and experience, he spends much of his time working with long standing clients, many of whom are involved in the property, finance, and service industries.

Grant is happily married and a doting Dad to two sons. He swims (reluctantly) to keep fit, tries hard at golf, is a rugby fanatic but loves all sport. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was also previously a Chartered Member and Committee Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Ian Liddell - Director

Ian Liddell -  Business Mentor

For over twenty years, Ian has specialised in providing executive search, recruitment and talent management services to organisations and individuals who are undergoing career-related change.

He spent his early career in the accounting and finance sector in a wide variety of positions with pre-eminent organisations in the profession and commerce. Roles included Audit and Staff Partner with Deloitte, Internal Audit Manager with Mount Isa Mines (Xstrata) as well as Corporate Finance & Human Resources Executive with The Bell Group.

In the mid 1980s he founded Williamson Liddell, Western Australia's first financial career management and recruitment consultancy. Later the practice merged its operations with PA Consulting Group where, as a Principal Consultant, Ian handled executive recruitment engagements and career transition coaching. He subsequently spent two years as a Senior Consultant with KPMG, assisting clients in the areas of outplacement, career planning, and organisational review.

From 1995 to 2007 Ian was the Chief Executive of Liddell Career Management where he provided talent management services to many hundreds of senior executives and to a broad portfolio of clients, including major corporate enterprises, SMEs, Government departments and professional accounting practices.

In 2007 Ian chose to take a sabbatical from the corporate sector in order to "give something back to the community" and spent three wonderful years in a Major Gift role with PMH Foundation, the official fundraising organisation for Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital.

Attracted by the opportunity to work again with his ex-KPMG colleagues, Grant and Karen, Ian joined Quest in mid 2010 where he handled executive search and selection engagements with an emphasis on finance and accounting appointments. Ian has recently retired and now supports Quest as a Business Mentor. 

Ian is a golf ‘tragic’, having first picked up a club when he was four years old but still not found the secret to a bogey-free round. He is happily married to Judy and, when not on the golf course, enjoys spending time with his two very young grand-children, supporting the Western Force and being a gadget geek. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia, a member of Mensa and a past member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and The Fundraising Institute of Australia.

Philippa Lynch – Office Manager / Researcher

Philippa Lynch – Senior Consultant

Philippa joined Quest in 2007  and brings extensive writing, training, education and research skills to this position enabling her to professionally and knowledgably liaise with clients and candidates.

As Quest she has a broad mandate and is responsible for the effective management of all support areas including finance, operations and IT.  Philippa also manages training and development and is the main
contributor to the Quest Career Transitioning Program providing expertise in skills identification, resume preparation and job application advice.  She provides recruitment and market research support as required.

Before joining Quest, Philippa had a successful 20 year career in education. Her first ten years were in primary schools in Western Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Philippa was then fortunate to combine her passion for education with a love of travel and spent the next ten years as a Consultant providing professional development to educators nationally and internationally across a variety of disciplines.
During this time she was also a contributing author of the award winning First Steps 2nd Edition teaching resources, edited the Fundamental Movement Skills resource and designed and wrote the associated professional development materials. Philippa has also lectured and tutored students at Notre Dame University and Edith Cowan University.

Philippa is happily married with two step sons who ensure her life is always busy. She is highly organised (has to be!), still enjoys travelling, tries to keep fit through yoga, swimming and golf, and loves having time to catch up with family and friends.