• Marcos Bish Managing Director

    Marcos Bish Managing Director

    Marcos arrived in the UAE in1990 shortly after completing his University studies in Leiden and Paris, obtaining his BBA in International Business.  He speaks Dutch, English, French, and basic Arabic and looks for constant growth not only for himself but also for his team.  

    Marcos is the force behind the creation of Summertown, his passion and vision to create a company that not only provides a highly polished service to the client but also has strong core values, ethics and a sense of unity within itself.

    He believed in Green values long before the word became “fashionable” and brought team effort to be the strength of the company.

    Marcos’ calm exterior hides a deep inner strength and a strong focus.  He has a thorough understanding of the local culture and business ethics and when it comes to his employees, provides support and a nurturing environment resulting in loyalty and respect amongst Summertown’s staff.

    Marcos is passionate about his pastimes.  He likes to get up early in the morning to run, cycle or swim to train for, and participate in triathlons.  Short breaks are often taken camping with his children in the UAE's or neighboring countries beautiful terrain, and when time allows, reading an inspiring book.

  • Heidi Demuynck Commercial Director

    Heidi Demuynck Commercial Director

    Heidi graduated from the Royal Art School of Antwerp and worked in Belgium as a furniture designer before deciding to move to the United Arab Emirates to pursue a career in the interiors sector. Her insight into projects is down to understanding both the client's needs, and the project through the eyes of a design professional to ensure Summertown deliver quality fit out projects.

    A key member of Summertown's Corporate Team, Heidi's role is to play an active part in Summertown's commercial strategy and to support the General Managers of Summertown's entities with their commercial operations and decision making.

    In her spare time, Heidi likes to head out early morning for rowing at the Marina which provides the kick-start for the long working days.

  • Rajitha Ranasinghe Contracts Manager

    Rajitha Ranasinghe Contracts Manager

    Rajitha Ranasinghe, a diploma holder in Quantity Surveying, moved to UAE after completing five years in civil construction in Sri Lanka. Rajitha joined Summertown as a junior Estimator for carpentry & joinery, and has worked through the ranks of senior estimator and is now the contracts manager. 

    Rajitha with his estimation team is responsible to create detailed client friendly bill of quantities with competitive prices, with the support of the design and sales teams. The Estimation team plays a critical role in ensuring costs are controlled, projects are estimated correctly and commitment to deadlines are accurate. 

    Rajitha is proud of his value engineering capabilities which match client’s budgets and which provide suggestions to the Client, design and sales. 

    His major projects include Summertown Showroom, ABN Amro, Dubai Media City – Business Centre, Oil Marketing Trading International, Parsons  Brinckerhoff, and the Netherlands Consulate.

    Rajitha likes to use his leisure time to travel, learn about wildlife and reading.

  • Esra Kayhan HR Manager

    Esra Kayhan HR Manager

     

    Esra graduated from University in Istanbul and has accumulated a wealth of HR experience spanning more than 10 years. Her various roles in Turkey were for blue-chip companies, and after a move to Dubai in 2005 her career saw her take a new direction, focusing on mid-senior management recruitment working for an international executive search firm. Her blue chip experience coupled with management recruitment experience has enabled Esra to gain a wealth of knowledge in talent management, organizational & people development, and employee relations, and made Esra the perfect choice for Summertown.

    Esra's main role with Summertown is to drive the company’s HR strategies. She is very passionate about bringing people and business needs together, and believes in creating a work environment where people can be encouraged to perform better, and as a result achieve job satisfaction and recognition across the organization.

    In her spare time, Esra loves travelling. Her travel encounters following graduation with just her backpack for company, introduced her to new cultures – something she still enjoys now. Her biggest hobby now is spending time with her young son, enjoying motherhood, and her new found love of photography.

     

  • Sally Jones Marketing Manager

    Sally Jones Marketing Manager

    Sally joined Summertown in 2017, and is originally from Australia. She has over 10 years Marketing experience from working in FMCG and Multi-National Companies including; The Coca-Cola Company, Cadbury Confectionery and Campbell’s Soup Arnott’s, across Asia, UK and Australia. She relocated to Dubai from Hong Kong with her family in 2016.

    She is a Marketing Manager that can develop and execute end-to-end integrated marketing campaigns at regional and global levels, and lead local market execution teams. Whilst maintaining brand equity and translating consumer insights into deliverable strategic initiatives.

    Sally’s role with Summertown is to drive the marketing activities for the company and to help Summertown maintain its market leading position, and to promote our core values in encouraging organisations to embrace energy saving and environmentally friendly initiatives.

    Sally enjoys swimming, outdoor sports, shopping, and spending time with her young family. One of her other interest is travelling to new places.

  • Seda Ilhan Finance Manager

    Seda Ilhan Finance Manager

    Seda graduated with a degree in Economics from one of the leading universities in Turkey and began her carrier as a Financial Analyst in a multinational engineering and construction company.  After 3 years experience in the construction sector, she pursued an opportunity to develop her career with a move to the financial sector, working for a major leasing company in Istanbul.

    Seda moved to Dubai 5 years ago, where her Middle East career began working for one of the major telco companies.  Two years later, Seda took a well-deserved break to focus on her baby daughter, whilst continuing to provide independent financial consultancy on a small scale to expat individuals in the UAE. Joining Summertown in October 2011 as Finance Manager, Seda is responsible for the running of the accounts teams across Summertown’s 3 entities, covering management account duties to financial analysis for the Corporate Team. Seda’s experience spanning 2 continents and various industry sectors has provided her with a wealth of skills and experience.  

    She is a great believer of positive thinking and approaches any problem with a total can-do attitude.  You will often find Seda early in the morning doing laps in the pool, and during the evenings in one of the local parks with her family.  At the weekends, Seda loves to go snorkeling in the calm clear waters of Dubai and is a keen photographer.  Being a strong problem solver and analyst, she loves to play chess and is addicted to facing opponents on her iPhone.

  • Hugo Bish Quality Manager

    Hugo Bish Quality Manager

    Driven by his passion for designing and making custom joinery and carpentry, Hugo came to Abu Dhabi to personally deliver and install custom made carpentry and joinery for private villas and palaces building his reputation for quality amongst his prominent customer base.

    As the Quality Manager at Summertown Interiors, Hugo manages the supplier and sub-contractor network for Summertown ensuring that our projects are delivered to the highest quality as expected by our clients.  As one of our sustainability champions, Hugo is also a key member of the Eco Leaders committee, and is responsible for reporting on Summertown's energy consumption and LEED Ebom certification.

    In his spare time Hugo can be found playing football with a local Dutch team.

People are the cornerstone of Summertown's business. From humble beginnings we are now proud to have a strong workforce of over 180 highly skilled professionals. Our main belief is that we will do better as an organization through a strong and sustainable partnership with our employees. Our strength lies in our focus on teamwork, sharing strategies, knowledge and ideas throughout all departments; creating an open flow of communication and team spirit.

The Corporate Team is responsible for assisting Summertown’s Management Team to drive the business goals and objectives, and to offer team members their support and expertise where required.

Interested in joining our team? See our latest job vacancies on our Careers Page.

  • Jos Fagbemi Business Development Manager

    Jos Fagbemi Business Development Manager

    Jos graduated from the Saint Etienne Business School of Management (France) and has a Master of Science degree in International Business Management. After completing his studies, Jos moved to London and began his career in the interiors sector taking on various commercial management roles. Jos enjoyed the business development aspects of the role and soon made his mark within the organisation, dealing with overseas clients across Europe and French speaking African countries.

    Jos discovered Dubai during a visit to the Middle East in 2012. He loved the dynamism of the region and his appetite to grow both personally and professionally motivated him to make his next career move the UAE. He continued developing his career in the interiors sector, working for an interior design firm within a commercial role, managing all UAE based clients.

    Jos joined Summertown in 2015 as Business Development Manager. A key team member, Jos’ role is to nurture and develop relationships with our client base and our partner firms.

    In his spare time, Jos likes to travel and experience new cultures. He is a very positive person and always see’s the glass as ‘half full’. A keen sportsman, he is energetic and committed to pursuing his dreams and holds the strong belief that you can be whatever you want to be in life, through hard work and dedication - “If you dream and you believe, you can achieve”.

  • Abdoullah Albizreh Business Development Manager

    Abdoullah Albizreh Business Development Manager

    Abdoullah, an architect with an MBA from the London Business School, joined Summertown as Business Development Manager. He has lived and worked in the UAE for almost 10 years, previously working as a Senior Architect for leading international architect Woods Bagot and Benoy, and as Regional Business Development Manager for global architectural firm DWP. Abdoullah’s past projects include multi award winning building The Ferrari World, St Regis Hotel, Index Tower as well as several luxury hospitality projects across the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

    His role at Summertown is to help drive the commercial arm of Summertown Interiors, and to manage the relationship with Summertown’s existing and potential clients, and industry partners from the interior design and fit out community.

    In his spare time, Abdoullah enjoys kick boxing, car racing at the Autodrome and spending time with friends experiencing the night life culture in Dubai.

  • Jack Dexter Business Development Manager

    Jack Dexter Business Development Manager

    Jack commenced his career in a small independent Real Estate company in the South of England, where he helped the company grow from one office to three. Within 2 years he was appointed Branch Manager of their flag ship office and consistently increased the company’s turnover year on year. In 2014 Jack left his home country for new pastures and challenges relocating to Dubai. During his first few years in Dubai Jack utilised his strong property management skills and developed his knowledge of the Dubai real estate market and office furniture.

    In 2017 Jack joined Summertown as a Business Development Manager. His strong relationship building skills enables Jack to passionately represent the interests of his clients throughout the entire project. Combined with his commercial business focus means he can confidently deliver projects on time and within budget. Jack is an approachable person and is always happy for people to reach out to him if he can help.

    In his spare time Jack is an enthusiastic basketball player and loves to travel and experience new places and cultures.

  • Sarah Flowerday Business Development Manager - Healthcare

    Sarah Flowerday Business Development Manager - Healthcare

    Sarah is an International Sales and Marketing professional, with a proven track record of over 20 years within B2B and B2C environment.

    Before relocating to the Middle East Sarah worked at Dun and Bradstreet as a global supply chain director, which lead Sarah to start her own company, advising clients on how to get the best from their customers/suppliers and where the risks were in their supply chain. One of her many legacies was leading the design and implementation of the first fibre backbone 3G network for Railtrack, on the West Coast Main Line project from London to Scotland.

    Sarah’s joins Summertown in 2017 to create and build a Healthcare division, that compliments and grows Summertown’s already long standing and established business. Sarah will leverage Summertown’s core values and use her own supply chain expertise to develop this sector.

    She is passionate about high-level strategic sales and marketing strategies to ensure consistently improved business performances. She is customer focused and builds long term client relationships, driving the bottom line by focusing on the corporate CSR goals of the company.

    Sarah has lived and worked in the UAE for 10 years now and has built up an unsurpassed trusted network by being hands on and focused on service. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys the snorkeling in Dubai’s beautiful sea, and travelling to exotic locations.

Our Sales Team members are all industry professionals with many years of business management experience across various disciplines from the interiors and construction sector.

If you have an interiors project you would like to discuss, please contact us and one of our Business Development Managers will be in touch.

  • Janaka Wijesinghe Estimation Manager

    Janaka Wijesinghe Estimation Manager

    Janaka holds a National Diploma in Technology – Civil Engineering, from the University of Moratuwa in his native Sri Lanka. Since moving to the UAE 7 years ago, he has continued his studies and will be completing his BSc Hons degree in Quantity surveying and Construction Management from Sheffield Hallam University, UK, later this year.

    His early career in Sri Lanka provided solid experience within the field of project management, after which he moved to the Middle East region to take on a new challenge in the construction industry during the boom. Janaka first moved to Qatar to work in the engineering division for a major construction firm and then moved to the UAE, in a senior estimation position working for a leading fit out contractor. Janaka’s attention to detail with his work, and excellent personal skills made him the perfect choice to lead the estimation team at Summertown.

    During his free time, Janaka likes to play cricket and when time allows, watch a good movie or TV drama. He is married with one son.

  • Sunil Nambiar Senior MEP Estimator

    Sunil Nambiar Senior MEP Estimator

    Sunil plays a key role within the proejcts team handling all MEP works for Summertown's Abu Dhabi based projects.  A trained  Electrical Engineer and Diploma holder of Electrical Engineering from the Board of Technical Education, Kerala, India who has been in the UAE since 1998. Being involved from pre-contract stage until final approval strong organisational skills, follow up and strong technical know-how ensures excellence is achieved in every project.

    Sunil does not consider himself a fitness fanatic, but likes his regular brisk walks in the mornings and evenings. Sunil's technical know how was behind projects such as Sumitomo Mitsui Bank and Summertown's showroom.

Our Estimation Team is led by our Contracts Manager with support on MEP from our Senior Estimator. Their detailed transparent approach ensures that our clients are confident that there are no hidden extras with the project.

  • Pinky Demonteverde Technical Design Manager

    Pinky Demonteverde Technical Design Manager

    Pinky, an Interior Design Major from the University of Santo Tomas, began her career as a freelance Interior Designer while still at university. After finishing her studies she moved to the United Arab Emirates where she gained exposure & experience in the commercial, retail, residential and educational institution design. Being involved in the design and execution stage of lucrative projects has gained her the trust of colleagues and  confidence of clients.

    In her spare time, Pinky indulges her passion for the arts through painting and sketching obtaining inspiration from her visits to various parts of Asia.

    Pinky has worked on many projects including: Abu Dhabi Women's College, ADNOC , ADSIC, CERT, Higher College of Technology and Reem Finance.

Our Technical Design Team are on hand to provide detailed drawings for our A & D clients, or for clients who require a one stop shop to design and build.

  • Joshua Walker Project Manager

    Joshua Walker Project Manager

    Joshua began his career in his native country Australia, and has over 10 years of experience in the construction industry. He spent many years on the tools as a carpenter and builder, prior to advancing into construction and project management. In 2013, he relocated to the UAE to work as a Site Construction Manager in the interior fit out industry, and has progressed to Project Management. His proven track record in the region has seen Joshua successfully delivery over 20 projects including International clients such as, Sony, DNV-GL, Organic Food Café’s, Arcadis, WSP – Parsons Brinckerhoff and Red Hat.

    As a Project Manager for Summertown, Joshua is responsible for managing all site matters relating to projects in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. He is very client focused, and uses his strong construction knowledge and skills to carefully manage all aspects of the site to ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget.

    In his spare time Joshua loves to spend his time travelling, listening to music, playing and watching sports. He is also the Coach of the Abu Dhabi Australian football team – the Abu Dhabi Falcons.

  • Rajitha Ranasinghe Operations Manager

    Rajitha Ranasinghe Operations Manager

    Rajitha Ranasinghe, a diploma holder in Quantity Surveying, moved to UAE after completing five years in civil construction in Sri Lanka. Rajitha joined Summertown as a junior Estimator for carpentry & joinery, and after working through the ranks within the estimation and contracts departments, he now leads the operational side of Summertown's business.

    As a key corporate team member, Rajitha leads the prociurement team, contracts, project co-ordinators and the administration function to ensure the necessary support is provided to our internal team members with project related activities. 

    Rajitha likes to use his leisure time to travel, learn about wildlife and reading.

  • Gerhard Rademan Project Manager

    Gerhard Rademan Project Manager

    Gerhard began his career in his native South Africa and brings almost 20 years of experience to the fold including many years in project management, procurement and commercial roles in the construction industry. In 2007 he came to the UAE to work as Site Manager in the fit out industry, and progressed through the ranks to the position of Senior Project Manager. His proven track record in the region has seen Gerhard successfully delivery over 75 projects including blue chip clients such as Boeing, Rolls Royce, Clifford Chance and Jones Day.

    Gerhard’s role as Project Manager for Summertown sees him responsible for all site matters relating to Dubai based projects. His primary role is to manage all aspects of the site to ensure projects are delivered to the required timeframe and within budget.

    In his spare time Gerhard loves to spend time outdoors. He is a huge sports enthusiast and follows rugby, cricket and motorsport.

  • Hugo Bish Quality Manager

    Hugo Bish Quality Manager

    Driven by his passion for designing and making custom joinery and carpentry, Hugo came to Abu Dhabi to personally deliver and install custom made carpentry and joinery for private villas and palaces building his reputation for quality amongst his prominent customer base.

    As the Quality Manager at Summertown Interiors, Hugo manages the supplier and sub-contractor network for Summertown ensuring that our projects are delivered to the highest quality as expected by our clients.

    In his spare time Hugo can be found playing football with a local Dutch team.

  • Chidanand Sreedharan Procurement Manager

    Chidanand Sreedharan Procurement Manager

    Chidanand arrived in the UAE back in 1995 and joined the Summertown team in 1997, so is considered a real veteran amongst the staff. Originally joining as Accountant / Administrator, Chidanand’s hardworking ethics and dedication soon showed and he was promoted to Procurement Manager. Chidanand is also the management representative for ISO, taking the lead on all matters relating to Summertown’s ISO 9001:2008 Certification. Chidanand is a keen sports enthusiast and loves to watch cricket and football. In his spare time, he likes to keep fit by walking 5km every evening, and enjoys travelling to experience new cultures.

Our Projects and Operations Teams work hand in hand to ensure smooth project execution with office support to liaise with clients on procurement, sample approvals, project management administration and day to day operations.

  • Babu Narayan Accountant

    Babu Narayan Accountant

    Babu is a key member of the Summertown team and firmly believes in the saying “Necessity is the mother of invention”. His dedicated, innovative approach to his work sees Babu play a pivotal role within the team. His career with Summertown began in 2006 and he has spent time across various departments such as accounts, administration, procurement & ISO. He has played a key supporting role in several projects including Abu Dhabi Women's College, ADSIC and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

    Hailing from India, and following his graduation with a Bachelors degree in Commerce from Bangalore University, Babu has been living in the UAE since 1998.

    To escape the rush of city life, he lives on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi with his wife and 2 sons and enjoys travelling around the UAE to spend time with family and friends.

  • Lilibeth Ladaga Accountant

    Lilibeth Ladaga Accountant

    Lilibeth joined Summertown in July 2011 and has been in the UAE for 5 years.  After graduating from Saint Paul University in her native Philippines with a BSc degree in Accountancy, Lilibeth started her career working for INGASCO Inc, a leading industrial gas manufacturing company  as a general accounting supervisor. 

    Her previous roles have trained Lilibeth well, where she has held responsibility for providing accounts assistance ensuring the effective running of the finance function.  At Summertown, Lilibeth provides support to the senior management and commercial teams through the generation of financial reports, as well as providing assistance to her fellow colleagues in the finance team to ensure smooth running of the department.

    In her spare time, Lilibeth is a real book worm and enjoys reading anything from self help management books to crime thrillers.

  • Melinda Lamban Administrator

    Melinda Lamban Administrator

    Melinda has been living and working in the UAE for 3 years, and following a 2 year stint working as administrator for a Dubai based joinery company, she joined Summertown.

    She has always enjoyed working in the manufacturing industry, and spent 24 years as supervisor for a tin can manufacturer in the Phillipines before moving to the UAE. Working as an Administrator she is incredibly organized and runs the Summertown office with clockwork precision, keeping her colleagues and the Management Team in check!

    In her spare time, Melinda likes to read, listen to music and sleep whenever she can so she can recharge her batteries after her busy week. She has three children - all now grown up and enjoying university life back at home in the Phillipines.

Our Finance and Administration teams are the backbone of the company providing management information and administrative support across the whole organization.

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