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a company in the Middle East?
Matthew joined Links Group as a consultant in July 2015. After completing an MBA at the International University of Monaco, Matthew joined the world’s largest custom clothing company and within 2 years had moved to Dubai to set up and run the Middle East division of the business. This period provided first-hand experience of navigating all of the administrational protocols involved when starting a business in the UAE.
As a consultant Matthew’s one priority is to grow the business, by applying the same acumen and qualities that have served him well in his career to date. He works with a consultative approach, where every client is different and has specific needs, despite all wanting similar outcomes – to build a UAE business in the most effective and secure way possible.
Mark joined Links Group as a consultant in 2015. His primary responsibility is to manage relationships with key clients both in the professional service industries and current accounts. In addition to client liaison, Mark also helps Links Group to develop new business and market the benefits of the company to prospects in the region.
Prior to joining Links Group, Mark spent fifteen years building a career in sales and marketing, firstly for the DeVere Group and then for the Flight Centre Group. Mark’s local knowledge and expertise means that clients are able to focus on the running of their business while he ensures that the incorporation process and all other necessary formalities are dealt with efficiently and with due diligence.
Simon began consulting for the firm in 2010 and joined the company in 2013 as interim General Manager before accepting a full time position to oversee group strategy and business development in August 2014. Simon brings to Links Group extensive experience in the fields of construction, engineering, recruitment and human resources.
Before joining Links Group he established construction recruitment company Millennium Solutions which provided HR services to blue chip companies in the Gulf. Following five successful years, the company was purchased by a UK manpower supply company which allowed Simon to concentrate on management consulting projects for regional businesses, including Links Group.
During his time as a consultant, Simon worked with Links Group helping to establish businesses in the engineering and technical sector, from market entry to completion of their registration with government entities. Before moving to Dubai in 2000, Simon worked with one of the leading international construction companies in India and the Far East, giving him a solid grounding and deep knowledge of the realities of doing business in fast growing economies.
Cris Martin St. Valery is the UK Consultant for Links Group. Based in London he is responsible for strengthening the company’s government partnerships as well as facilitating UK investor interest in the Middle East.
Cris brings to Links Group extensive experience in the fields of law, communication and retail. A qualified barrister and media broadcaster, he continues to lead De Vismes Ltd, a UK-based consultancy firm specialising in strategic relationship management and communications, as managing director. There his clients include multinational retailers, media broadcast companies and independent SMEs.
Prior to his roles at Links Group and De Vismes, Cris played a key role in the creation and management of two national UK retail television channels generating sales of over £2 billion.