We have a highly experienced and professional recruitment team with a genuine passion for the hospitality industry and a diverse network of established client relationships across all sectors of the market.

We pride ourselves on offering both clients and candidates a dedicated recruitment service with a personal touch.

Gary King

Gary King

Managing Director

After successfully completing a two year Hotel Management and advanced Chef training course Gary spent three years working as a Chef in the capital before entering the recruitment industry as a Consultant with Blue Arrow hospitality recruitment where he spent three years. Gary then spent a year with a Hong Kong based Search & Selection Consultancy before joining Reed hospitality recruitment where he spent nine years before setting up Collins King & Associates with former Reed colleague Matthew Collins in July 1999.

Gary is still actively involved in the hospitality industry and also sits on the management committee for ACE and the fundraising committee for Springboard.

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Martyn Smith

Martyn Smith

Director

Martyn trained as an apprentice Chef with Hilton Hotels before joining Sodexo UK and spending four years at three separate London sites. He then moved to Charters Catering as a Directors Chef in a high profile City based Merchant Bank where he spent almost three years. Martyn entered the recruitment industry with Berkeley Scott Chefs Division where he then spent three years before joining Collins King & Associates in August 2001. Martyn became a full Director and shareholder in the company in September 2012, and now oversees all culinary recruitment matters.

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Bradley Gold

Bradley Gold

Account Director – Management Division

Brad trained and worked as a professional chef for 10 years with Davy’s of London and Village Kitchens.  Brad also ran a successful event catering business and retail café in East London, before moving into the recruitment industry in 2001, where he spent over 10 years working with some leading niche industry recruiters.

Brad joined Reed Hospitality & Leisure in July 2011, working as Executive Consultant, and recruiting all levels of permanent Management, Culinary & Support personnel, before joining Collins King & Associates in January 2017.

Brad brings a wealth of all round hospitality & recruitment industry experience to Collins King & Associates, and this is coupled with a genuine passion for the hospitality industry that complements our business and further enhances our recruitment team.

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Vince Ward

Vince Ward

Account Director – Management Division

Having originally trained and qualified as a professional chef, Vince worked in a number of local restaurants in his hometown in Oxfordshire before embarking on an HND course in hospitality management at Brighton University.  Following graduation, Vince then spent the next 5 years working as a manager within the high volume branded restaurant sector.

Vince first moved into recruitment with a leading national recruiter in 1997, managing temporary chefs and front of house personnel.  He made the transition into permanent recruitment in 2000 and has spent the last 17 years recruiting all levels of management within the business & Industry and commercial contract catering marketplace, becoming one of the most established and connected recruiters in his field. Vince joined Collins King & Associates in September 2018.

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Ruth Ray

Ruth Ray

Account Manager

Ruth has a wide range of experience and knowledge gained across the hospitality, catering & events Industry. Ruth commenced her hospitality career in busy branded restaurants before moving to the corporate events sector where she spent two years working in event planning and Front of House Management. Ruth then moved to the Contract Catering field as Service Manager at a leading London Hospital before joining Blend recruitment in late 2009 where she was responsible for recruiting Management personnel across a number of different markets. Ruth joined Collins King & Associates in May 2011, and is responsible for the recruitment of Management, Sales & Marketing and Events personnel within the Corporate Dining, Contract Catering and Events market across London and the Home Counties.

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Nathan Craigie

Nathan Craigie

Account Manager – Chefs Division

After completing a 3 year formal Chefs diploma at Farnborough college Nathan joined The Four Seasons hotel in Hampshire as part of their pre-opening team in early 2004, where he spent 3 years before transferring internally within the group, first to The Four Seasons Boston, and then on to the Four Seasons in Florence, Italy. Nathan returned briefly to London to work in the Two Star Michelin restaurant at The Capital hotel in Knightsbridge, before travelling out to Australia where he worked as a Sous Chef at two of the leading restaurants in Perth. After returning to London in 2012 Nathan Joined Tom’s Deli in Notting Hill as Head Chef before entering the recruitment market in 2013. Nathan joined Collins King & Associates in February 2014, and is primarily responsible for placing all levels of Chefs within the commercial catering, private members clubs, events and pubs sector.

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Gregor McDonald

Gregor McDonald

Account Manager

Greg spent 3 years at Westminster College training as a professional Chef, and also undertaking management and Front of House courses. He then worked full time at a range of establishments including The Goring Hotel, The Clove Club and Dehesa before entering the hospitality recruitment industry in early 2017. Greg then moved on to work with a specialist recruiter, building up a specialist desk within the engineering market. Greg joined Collins King & Associates in August 2019 and now handles a wide range of roles, primarily within the hotel chef market, engineering and back of house appointments across the hospitality sector.

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