We consciously connect humans with businesses to help both thrive.

We’re creating a new model of travel and lifestyle recruitment. A relationship-driven approach to head-hunting and business consultancy that helps individuals and businesses develop before, during, and after hiring. All the while working towards greater diversity and inclusion in our industry.

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We believe you should be the change you want to see.

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Let’s be honest: travel and lifestyle recruitment sucks. For an industry built on relationships and transformational experiences, hiring practices are often detached and inhuman. But we do things differently. 

We treat people like humans.

We believe building long-lasting relationships is the best way to do business. Because we put people before profits, we’ll never send you candidates we don’t believe in, or put you forward for a role that isn’t right for you. 

We actually give a sh*t.

We genuinely love the travel and lifestyle industry. Aside from years of experience and a little book packed with relevant contacts, we truly want to see the industry – and the people in it – grow and succeed. That makes us a great ally.

We’re pushing for positive change.

It’s no secret the travel and lifestyle industry lacks diversity, or that its recruitment processes are unfair – it’s just no one talks about it. But we do, because we think taking ownership of our industry’s issues is crucial to overcoming them. 


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We let our work do the talking  

Making our clients and candidates happy is what matters most to us. So, why not read what they have to say?

“Chris is such a breath of fresh air as a recruiter. It was so nice to have open and honest communication and to be treated like a human being rather than just another CV. I felt like I had an advocate throughout the process and that Chris had my best interests at heart the entire time. I am thrilled to see Lightning going from strength to strength, bringing a new perspective and a focus on diversity and inclusion into an industry that can be a little 'stuffy' and traditional. Knowing that the company I was interviewing with had chosen Lightning Travel Recruitment meant that I knew that their ethics were aligned with mine and that I could be myself. I can't wait to start my next adventure thanks to Chris and the team!”

Susie Thorne

“Chris and the Lightning Travel Recruitment team have been amazing throughout my job search. Early on during my search, they were the only recruiters to come back to me with useful feedback to improve my CV. But what really sets them apart is how much they get to know the companies they are recruiting for and how much they got to know me. Talking to Chris, I could be completely myself, which not only made the process a joy, it also meant I feel confident that the job I accepted is the right role for me, aligned to my priorities and values. Chris has also be my biggest champion, cheering me on throughout.”

Hannah Busby

“Looking for a recruiter who gives a s**t? Look no further! Chris is an amazing person and I have witnessed first hand how it is no trouble for this company to go above and beyond for both candidates and clients. Chris and the team are helpful, honest and not afraid to have fun with the recruitment process - they want to actually get to know people and what makes them who they are. Most importantly, Chris is on a mission to change the industry, so if you have had bad experiences with other recruitment agencies in the past, I can guarantee this experience will be like no other. We need more Chris Kings in the world!”

Emma Mulcahy

“Chris is the recruiter extraordinaire, personable, fun, human, and CARES about his candidates when so many recruiters don't. I couldn't recommend him more highly.”

Mathilde Merchez

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