Associate and Head of Trades and Labour Recruitment
Chris Johnston has had over 11 years’ experience in the South West Construction Recruitment market, the majority of this time being spent in the Trades & Labour sector. After spending 7 years at Randstad CPE, where he was their top biller nationwide for Trades and Labour in 2013, he has joined Kingston Barnes to set up their new Trades and Labour division to complement their existing strong technical team. Chris deals with a wide array of clients (Main Contractors and Subcontractors) and provides a knowledgeable, informative and trustworthy approach to Trades and Labour recruitment.
1. What made you choose Kingston Barnes as an employer?
Having worked within a PLC agency environment for the last 8 years, I decided the time was right to move on to somewhere where I could really make an impact in a growing business. I identified KB as a market leading competitor and was very impressed with the company culture and quality of individuals within the office and decided to take the plunge!
2. Why did you choose a career in recruitment? Where does your passion/drive come from?
I don’t think many people choose recruitment as a career! Recruitment found me! However, I’ve loved most of my days in the last 12 years and am looking forward to many more! People who know me will know how competitive I am, and I hate being second best at anything which spurs me on each and every day. I also hate letting people down, in and out of work, which means I go above and beyond when it comes to finding the right person for the right job. And obviously with success comes money which is why we all do this job!
3. What interests you about construction? Where does your passion/drive come from?
For me it’s all about the people I deal with in a day to day basis. The majority are down to earth, reasonable individuals and I like to think I’m on a similar level to them!
4. What is your favourite construction project?
‘Eclipse’, it’s the 15-storey tower block of apartments on top of Harvey Nichols in Central Bristol. The architecture is eye-catching and it stands out as you drive into town on the M32. It has nothing to do with me having up to 30 men working on the job for almost two years which was what really kick started my recruitment career!
5. When you are not recruiting what do you do?
I spend as much time as possible with my fiancée, Kate, and our Cavapoo puppy, Bonnie. Also, now I’ve given up playing football due to two snapped achilles tendons, I have a season ticket at Bristol Rovers which gets me out of the house on a Saturday afternoon.
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