Charlie Joins the Team!

The Kingston Barnes Family Continues to Grow!!!


Wishing a very warm welcome to Charlie Higson who has just joined us.

Charlie has a wealth of experience recruiting for professional contractors and consultants throughout the UK and has spent the last year working as a client side Project Manager. So he really knows the industry inside and out!

Charlie has joined us to head up the Construction Consultancy Division and with his skills and knowledge, he is the perfect addition to the team.

James, our Managing Director is thrilled to see Charlie join…

“I’m delighted to have Charlie on board.

Having heard of Charlie by reputation and with his hands-on experience actually working for our clients he is the perfect fit to spearhead our Consultancy team.

We are in a very challenging market with economies around the world unsure about what lies ahead but as a business that always looks to the future, we are keen to pursue opportunities within our market and Charlie will continue to offer the level of service our clients  and candidates need to ensure in difficult times they have the right recruiter who can help them.”

 Welcome to the team Charlie!

The Incubator Has Landed

At the end summer of 2019 Kingston Barnes announced that we had completed our target to raise £15,000, for our chosen charity ‘Above and Beyond’. In little over a year we raised the funds to purchase an incubator for St Michael’s Hospital. Providing 24-hour lifesaving continuous care for new born babies. It was with great pleasure that we visited St Michaels hospital on 18th February to see the brand-new incubator in all its glory in the neo-natal unit. The incubator features a heated lid, weighing scales, an x-ray machine, family friendly baby data screen, colour changing downlights and the ability to significantly lower its height so that mothers in wheelchairs and siblings can see their new baby. It was such a heart-warming experience to visit the incubator and we are so proud to be a part of saving precious little lives.

left to right: Kathryn Nener, James Kingston, Chris Johnston

Our team came up with all sorts of ideas and challenges to inspire the donations such as a charity golf day, a 78,000-metre rowing challenge (the length of the English Channel), Tough Mudder, two charity football tournaments, and a 24-hour Relay Challenge around Queens Square.

The incubator in action featuring the family friendly screen.

“We are absolutely thrilled we have managed to raise £15,000 to purchase the much-needed state-of-the-art incubator for St Michael’s. This has been a charity challenge very close to our hearts as many of our staff and family have had their children in the hospital and we have seen first-hand how vital an incubator can be in the life of premature babies and how much support it can bring to a family. It is such a huge achievement for us and the whole team have got involved to raise the total amount needed. We’ve really enjoyed the process and had some fun too. We’d like to thank everyone who supported us along the way and we look forward to the next challenge.”                      James Kingston

How you can have a successful career and be a great mum too

August 1st was a huge day for Kingston Barnes and an even bigger moment for newly promoted Associate Director Kate Hallett.  Kate was Kingston Barnes’s first employee and has been a key figurehead in the business from its inception to now a multi-million-pound, award winning recruitment consultancy that employs 20+ people.

James Kingston, Managing Director of Kingston Barnes said “Promoting Kate has been one of my personal highlights since setting up Kingston Barnes. She was the first person we ever hired and has been with us every step of the way. From just the two of us in our tiny office on Park Street taking us to our prestigious office now at Queen Square. Without Kates hard work and efforts Kingston Barnes would not be the company it is today. We have so much to thank Kate for, from the company culture and people we employ, through to the first-class service to our clients and candidates.”

( L-R James Kingston – MD with Kate Hallett – Associate Director )  

Kates Story

Kate began her career in the construction industry in 1999 at Redcliffe Homes, a bespoke residential developer. During her four years with the company, Kate was able to work alongside key professionals in every department of the business, gaining insights into all aspects of the construction industry.

When a friend suggested that Kate would be a good fit for recruitment, she soon found herself working for HAYS as a Resourcer, finding candidates in the construction industry. Over the next 10 years, Kate had several promotions and worked her way up through the ranks to Senior Business Manager before becoming a mother in 2010, with a second daughter arriving in 2012.

James knew that Kate’s combination of industry experience and talent was just the kind of calibre he was looking for in his new venture, which is why he asked her to join the team in 2013. As Kate puts it, leaving such an established company as a mum to two young girls was, “really quite a gamble” but there was something about the opportunity that I knew I would regret not pursuing it”

Not every recruitment consultancy is flexible enough to accommodate the needs of a working mum and provide career opportunities too, but James was happy to work out a way that meant Kate could bring her contribution to the company and excel both at the work place and at home. The chance to work part time at a senior level meant that Kate didn’t have to choose between her career and family life. The flexibility is one of the things she treasures about working at Kingston Barnes. “I have the flexibility in my career to work around my children. I work extremely hard and James rewards me very well. At times it can be a juggling act but thanks to my support network and the culture at KB they have enabled me to give 100% to my job and be a great mum at the same time”.

Having the best of both worlds

Kate acknowledges that she’s, “very lucky” to find a role that’s been tailored to her, but she also appreciates the way that the day-to-day business is less rigid than the norm. She says that, “It’s refreshing to work for a company that really cares about its staff and what we do. It’s not just a numbers game.”

Being a mother should never be a barrier to your career and Kate is testament that you can be a great mother and achieve in the work place too.

“I think we need to challenge the idea that women have to give up their career to have a family. My position at Kingston Barnes has allowed me to work at a senior level and also have a good work/life balance.  I am hugely proud of my journey, through hard work and perseverance I have achieved my promotion to Associate Director and I couldn’t be happier. It has been exciting to be an integral part of Kingston Barnes since day one and I am grateful to James for providing me with the opportunity. I am very fortunate to have the best of both worlds which is extremely hard to come by. I’m looking forward to the future too and continuing my career development as we continue to expand.

Could you be a part of the Kingston Barnes journey?

Any team is only as strong as its weakest player – and Kingston Barnes is looking to expand its team of industry expert recruiters right now. If you want to be a part of the journey on the route to success, join the winning team today. If you’re a recruitment specialist, think you can bring value and add a new dimension to the Kingston Barnes team, then we want to hear from you. Call us today on 0117 325 2233 or email us at

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Kingston Barnes 24 Hour Relay Challenge

The Kingston Barnes team are pleased to announce our newest and toughest charity challenge yet. At 4pm on Thursday 29th August to 4pm on Friday 30th August we will embark on a 24 hour Relay Challenge. Each team member will be running laps, in pairs, around Queen Square for 24 hours continuously.

Our aim is to raise £15,000, for our chosen charity ‘Above and Beyond’, to buy an incubator for the neo-natal unit at St Michael’s Hospital. Providing 24 hour lifesaving continuous care for new born babies. Our previous fundraising efforts have seen us raise £8,500 and we are hoping to raise a further £2,500 towards our target for this challenge.

Please help us to raise the funds for this vital charity, donations are gratefully received and can be made via our ‘Just Giving page’ .

We hope to see you on the day cheering us on.