James Kingston

As Managing Director of Kingston Barnes, I have the job of managing a fantastic team focused on delivering our vision of being the best recruiter to work with and work for.

Since I started my career in the early 2000’s I have always been passionate about delivering expert recruitment. After spending years in construction recruitment placing key people with contractors and consultants, I saw an opportunity in the market for a leading provider. Kingston Barnes was founded in 2013, I wanted to create a consultancy dedicated to offering a first-class service within Construction & Engineering recruitment.

I’m a strong believer that it is people who create a successful business, the key ingredient is knowing your market inside and out and really loving what you do. I am dedicated to Kingston Barnes being the best at what we do, working together to ensure our clients and candidates achieve their goals.

Chris Johnston

Heading up the freelance division at Kingston Barnes, I manage and motivate the team which operates within M&E, Trades & Labour and White-Collar Construction which I also recruit in.

I have an active role in the strategic leadership of the business and helping to shape how the business moves forward.

I started my recruitment career in 2004 and by 2012 I was managing the South West region for Randstad CPE. My background has always been in construction and during my career I’ve helped place thousands of positions from temporary workers to main contractors, developers and sub-contractors throughout the UK.

I am dedicated to what we do and hate to disappoint. Ensuring that my team and I deliver an excellent quality service to both our clients and candidates is essential to me.

Kate Hallett

Heading up the permanent division I manage a team of 7 consultants across a range of disciplines within the construction environment including consultants, contractors, developers and architects.

I have 15 years recruitment experience all within this industry, and prior to this I worked for a residential developer which provided me with first-hand experience of the industry.

As well as running the team, I continue to recruit, and my specialities are in residential, affordable housing and regional contracting in the South West. I am fortunate enough to have cemented great relationships with both clients and candidates over the years which has been built upon trust and communication. I have been with Kingston Barnes since it began in 2013 and I’ve enjoyed being instrumental in helping to shape the business we have today.

Justin Reynolds

Heading up the Engineering team I provide recruitment solutions within the manufacturing sector, primarily within the South West and Wales. This varies from working with small SME’s to large multi-national businesses recruiting white collar engineering, manufacturing, production, technical, and operational roles within the sector.

I set up the Engineering division at Kingston Barnes in 2016 and since then our team is continuing to grow. I have more than 12 years knowledge and experience in the sector and relationships with clients that span over a decade