About us

The Evolve group

The first ever combined temporary, permanent and safeguarding hospitality recruitment specialist group. All your needs met under one roof – A truly unique and industry specific offering to the market.

The brainchild behind The Evolve Group is a collective collaboration by 3 inspiring leaders, to bring together a powerful force of knowledge, expertise, wisdom and values to the Hospitality recruitment industry.

evolve hospitality

My career in Hospitality Recruitment has included working for a small independent business to a big corporate market leader but it was the desire to permanently change the face of temporary recruitment which resulted in the launch of Evolve Hospitality.
As Managing Director, our mandate has always been to provide practical vetted staff to the industry. I have a passion to change the agency experience within the hospitality industry for both consultants and candidates and to supply Clients with quality candidates whilst upholding industry standards. I believe that a temporary worker should be an extension of your own in-house team.
I am present in all of the Evolve offices each week and actively involved in client management from procurement level to maintaining and developing ongoing client relationships.

clare downes
enhance catering

Having worked in the corporate world of recruitment for over 12 years I took on a new venture with Ed Vokes, a trusted colleague, of years, but more importantly a loyal friend. And 8 years on, here we are with an exciting new brand, built on trust. We provide reassurance to our clients that they will not only always get the best person for the job, but the right person. I am lucky enough to work with the most talented and hardworking people in the industry in Enhance Catering and Evolve Hospitality. We all have the same goal- to do the right thing by our candidates and clients and to ensure that we always go the extra mile to get the job done.
Enhance Catering is a unique brand offering both quality and reassurance to all of our clients, whether catering for children in schools, vulnerable adults, in care home environments or our heroes in the armed forces. I am immensely proud of the team we have built and look forward to watching the business grow and support our industry in whatever way we can.

gary king
collins king & associates

After successfully completing a two-year Hotel Management and advanced Chef training course, I spent three years working as a Chef in the capital before entering the recruitment industry as a Consultant with Blue Arrow hospitality recruitment.

I then spent a year with a Hong Kong based Hospitality Search & Selection Consultancy before joining Reed Hospitality recruitment in January 1991, progressing to London Area Recruitment Manager. I left to form Collins King & Associates with former Reed colleague Matthew Collins in July 1999.

I am still actively involved in the hospitality industry, working regularly ‘on the stoves’ on key events & functions and also sit on the management committee for ACE (The industry body for the foodservice sector) as well as the fundraising committee for Springboard, a key industry charity.


charitable initiatives

Hospitality Action
Springboard Charity
John King Brain Tumour Foundation
Adopt a School
Alzheimer's Society
Hospitality Action

Our Managing Director, Ed Vokes, is a Hospitality Action Ambassador and the team are always ready to be actively supporting Hospitality Action through a variety of fundraising activities including sponsored 10k runs, skydives and 100-mile cycle challenges.


Each year, a few brave goers start the month long challenge of growing the “love to hate” moustache in support of the Movember Foundation to stop Men dying too young.

Springboard Charity

Gary King, Managing Director for Collins King & Associates is a Springboard Charity support offering his advisory knowledge as well as getting involved in cycling challenges and most famously, the charity Pantomime.

John King Brain Tumour Foundation

An intrepid team of five employees from Evolve committed to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2020 in aid of the John King Brain Tumour Foundation which was surely the most physical and mental challenge to date which also resulted in a record-breaking fundraising target for this charity.

Adopt a School

We have been supporting the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts charity, Adopt a School Trust since 2018 and have loved mixing our industry knowledge with educating the youth of today. Our team have gone into schools to teach young learners about hospitality, baking, front of house etiquette and nutrition.

Alzheimer's Society

We are all active supporters of the Alzheimer’s Society driven our Managing Director, Clare Downes who in 2019 & 2020 did the fundraising memory walk for her mom and inspired many others to get involved in various fundraising activities for this amazing charity.


We are recognised by The Recruitment & Employment Confederation as a trusted employer that is committed to making the recruitment world a better place.

Our brand has been awarded gold member status by The Association of Catering Excellence, whose membership includes a cross section of Managers, Chefs, Consultants, Students and Suppliers from the hospitality and food service sector.

We are members & fellows of the Institute of Hospitality, a professional body for individual Managers and aspiring Managers working and studying in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.

We are proud to be Associate Members of The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts – Britain’s leading professionals within the hospitality sector.

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