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Chris King

MD

+44 20 3488 1764

Chris is the Thunder and CEO of luxury travel and lifestyle recruitment firm Lightning Travel Recruitment. Having never worked a day in recruitment in his life, Chris founded the company because of frustrations with current recruitment agencies and their ways of working. Since it's launch in 2019 Lightning has become a disruptive brand in the recruitment world, taking a traditional recruitment consultancy model and giving it a personality. 

My Jobs

1 week ago

Sales Manager - 5* Property

London £40K - £50K + bonus Permanent

This beautiful hotel is a modern classic reinvented, in the heart of Knightsbridge. The property its...

2 weeks ago

Junior Talent Consultant ⚡️

London £25K regardless of experience Permanent

We are great believers in hiring people that have all the right skills, even if they haven't done th...

1 month ago

Lifestyle Manager

REMOTE* £35K-£40K + Commission Permanent

Our client works in the luxury hospitality and lifestyle sector and provides their clients with unfo...

Testimonials

“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

“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

“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