Founded by Family
Sheelagh Michelmore founded Quest Guardians in 1993, after 20 years running a language school. Since 2001 the company has been run by her son Christopher, and now his son Henry is General Manager. Chris is married to a doctor, and has background in business. His three children all attended a local boarding school, and studied further education at Manchester, Cambridge and Cardiff Universities.
Meet the Team
Chris joined Quest in 2001 after a career in management. Although Quest has grown, Chris is passionate about the care of the individual child and the company structure ensures this. “I vividly remember my first day at Prep School, aged 8, and the subsequent challenges of life as a boarder. In more recent years I have also been both a worried and proud parent, with my own children completing their education at a top boarding school”.
Head of Operations
Henry joined Quest in July 2015 and is the eldest son of director Chris Michelmore.
Liz has overall responsibility for student welfare and oversees the arrangements for students and host families
Mel joined Quest in 2001 and looks after students and host families in the southern counties.
Ken was born in Guangzhou and he speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Elaine is responsible for students and host families in the East and West Midlands.
Jessica looks after students in the South West of UK. She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Georgina joined Quest in 2010 as an Account Manager and brings 20 years of banking experience.
Business Development Manager
Richard joined Quest in 2019 as Business Development Manager. Richard has been involved with schools, as a Housemaster and teacher for over 17 years.
Ellie joined Quest in 2019 and looks after students in the south-west and west of England.
Allison lives in a village near Newbury and is the Regional Coordinator for Oxfordshire and Berkshire.
Liza lives in North London, and acts as Quest Coordinator in the North London, Bedford and Suffolk.
Kate is the Regional Coordinator covering students, schools and host families in Sussex, Surrey and South London.
Linde is Quest Coordinator covering schools and host families in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and South Wales.
Paul visits families hosting international students and students attending schools in the West Midlands.
Mark's area is Sussex, Hampshire and parts of Surrey.
Dawn covers schools and Host Families in Bath, Bristol and the surrounding areas.
Penny lives near Torquay in Devon and covers South West for Quest Guardians.
Caroline is a current host family for Quest and took on the role of Kent Coordinator in early 2015.
Anne lives in Peterborough, and covers students and hosts in Eastern England.
Fiona visits students and families hosting international students for Quest Guardians in the Yorkshire area.
Catriona lives in the South of England and visits students and hosts in the Brighton and surrounding areas.
Samantha joins Quest overseeing our Northern Ireland Schools. Samantha is a Mental Health Social worker and brings with her an enthusiasm and passion for students and their education.
Bio coming soon