Contact us

Our people


Chris Kent

Managing Consultant
Senior and Director Commercial Appointments
Office: Teesside

Chris leads the Nigel Wright B2B sales and marketing specialism from our Wynyard office in Teesside. He joined Nigel Wright in 2015 following 10 years in the industry, to be part of the new management team to set up the Nigel Wright Teesside office. Chris is a part of the Management Team of the Nigel Wright Northern Regional Business and has a personal focus on senior and director level commercial appointments for B2B clients. Chris predominantly provides retained searches for niche and sector specific appointments with regional, national and international remits.

His expertise is in supporting CEOs, MDs and Sales / Commercial / Marketing Directors successfully grow their teams to drive profitable business growth and he has experience working with owner managed SMEs, privately owned national / global corporate groups and subsidiaries, listed companies and private equity backed organisations.

The sectors that Chris works with include:

• Oil and Gas
• Defence and Aerospace
• Engineering
• Manufacturing
• Chemical and Pharmaceutical
• Construction
• Transport / Logistics / Distribution
• Packaging
• Print and Direct Mail
• IT / Technology
• Public Sector – Commercial Strategic Environments

The roles that Chris typically runs searches for include:

• Managing Director / Business Unit Director / Commercial General Manager
• Sales Director / Head of Sales
• Commercial Director / Head of Commercial / Commercial Manager
• Marketing Director / Head of Marketing
• Account Director / Senior Account Manager
• Head of Product Management / Product Manager
• Sales Manager / Senior Business Development Manager
• Bid / Proposal / Tender Management
• Digital Director / Head of Digital / Digital Marketing Manager
• Customer Service Director / Head of Customer Service

  • My experience of Nigel Wright (exclusively being with Chris Kent) has been superb - I would have no hesitation in recommending Chris and Nigel Wright to employers and candidates alike. A truly professional service with the best interests of the employer and the candidates clearly evident. The best experience I have had to date with any recruitment agency and agent.

    Candidate

  • My experience with Nigel Wright was far from that which I expected. Chris Kent took the time to understand my skills and capabilities in a way that went way beyond a simple review of my career history. Ultimately this led to a match with a role that I wouldn’t have considered or applied for based purely on a comparison between my CV and the job description. I would highly recommend using Nigel Wright if you are looking for the right person to fit your organisation, rather than just one with a CV that ticks the skills box.

    Candidate

  • I felt there was genuine consideration of the recruiting companies’ requirements. This understanding was communicated excellently and going into the interview I felt I understood the role that was on offer, the dynamics within the company and the challenges ahead. Although ultimately unsuccessful, I received quality feedback which I’ve reflected on and will undoubtedly act on the future.

    Candidate

  • I really appreciated the way I was treated by Nigel Wright. The candidate brief was extensive and well written (the best I have ever seen), the process was carefully explained, and I was kept informed throughout.

    Candidate

  • I received excellent support and guidance from Chris at Nigel Wright. He understood my needs and the company’s requirements to get a great match. He was also efficient and effective in getting additional information when requested, to enable me to make an informed choice. Chris also tackled some wicked issues on my behalf to secure a satisfactory outcome

    Candidate

  • Chris was fab and kept in touch. He stood out from other recruiters because he cared; you weren’t just a number to him. I really couldn’t recommend Chris enough. If I ever need to look for jobs again the first people I would use would be you guys.

    Candidate

  • Chris has a professional, personal and pragmatic approach. He set realistic expectations with potential employers about my aspirations and focused on the most suitable opportunities and introductions.

    Candidate

  • Excellent communications and meeting. Gained good insight into potential positions and the job market. Highly recommended.

    Candidate

  • Excellent communication and information provided about the role. Professional throughout. Have enjoyed working with you.

    Candidate

  • Excellent communication throughout the process, from initial discussion through to final feedback. A thorough understanding of both the client and candidate requirements and in creating a working relationship between all three parties. Highest standard of quality service, client/candidate engagement and most important, applying a human touch during the entire process. A step above the rest and most respected in terms of business culture, philosophy and delivery of expectations.

    Candidate

  • My interactions with members of the Nigel Wright team have always been professional and customer focused. They understand their clients and candidates very well and spend time to ensure a good fit. I have never been put forward for role that isn’t relevant. They kept me informed throughout the process and went above and beyond a few times. I would not hesitate to recommend Nigel Wright to friends or colleagues.

    Candidate

  • Chris took the time to understand our business and needs before looking for a suitable candidate. This resulted in us finding the right person first time.

    Candidate

  • Chris is extremely talented consultant, who took his time to understand my career search and provided a proactive service. Always professional, friendly who puts his clients first. Very efficient and prompt in following up. I would not hesitate in recommending Chris to any professional looking for his/ her next big career move.

    Candidate

  • After meeting with Chris to discuss my career/role aspirations I believe that I have found a recruitment company who cares about their candidates and has their interests at the forefront of their minds. The initial meeting was conducted in a very professional manner and I received both feedback and a summary of actions taken on my behalf within 48 hours. I'm confident that Nigel Wright Recruitment will play a key role in finding my next job.

    Candidate

  • I had a thoroughly enjoyable experience through the whole process with Chris Kent. He took the time to listen to me, understood my needs and which of his clients would and wouldn't be suitable. He arranged interviews very quickly too, I had complete confidence in him. Special mention also to Charlotte who I spoke to about a role. All in all, a first class service.

    Candidate

  • I can't thank the team enough for their support, preparation and follow-up. They've done such a great job keeping me in the loop of what's next and at the hold-ups, there was no lack of communication. They made me feel like they wanted me to succeed, so all in all it's been a great experience and I can highly recommend their service.

    Candidate

  • The service I've received from Chris Kent from Nigel Wright have been nothing short of amazing. I really felt like Chris had my best interests at heart, and like he was with me every step of the way.

    Candidate

  • Chris Kent was fantastic at supporting my application, he was very attentive and gave clear direction about the role advertised.

    Candidate

  • Really professional, took the time to understand what I was looking for and matched me with some interesting opportunities.

    Candidate

  • I found the Nigel Wright process professional and appreciated the personal attention I received at every stage. Highly recommended.

    Candidate

  • Nigel Wright continues to lead the way in an evolving industry.

    Candidate

  • I found the Nigel Wright process professional and appreciated the personal attention I received at every stage. Highly recommended.

    Candidate

  • I thought Chris was superb throughout the process: informed, assured and certainly reflecting positively of Nigel Wright and the client organisation. I would wish anyone representing my recruitment needs to operate so professionally.

    Candidate

  • The whole process was very thorough, and Chris at Nigel Wright did what he said they would do, every time. Really good candidate experience and hope to work with them in future.

    Candidate

  • Throughout the recruitment process I have been extremely impressed with Chris. His communication with me has been excellent and consistent whilst providing a personable and professional service. I would not hesitate to recommend both Chris and Nigel Wright recruitment.

    Candidate

  • Excellent professional service provided by Chris. I was kept updated and well informed throughout the entire recruitment process.

    Candidate

  • Nigel Wright provided an outstanding candidate experience. Supportive, helpful and knowledgeable about the industry and the organisation's needs. They went the extra mile to make sure that as a candidate I could make the most of the opportunity.

    Candidate

  • Chris Kent was able to quickly make sense of my previous experience and, through great questioning, helped me identify the type of roles I am looking for. I am confident that the roles he identifies for me will be a close fit to my skills and my aspirations.

    Candidate

  • Excellent communication from Chris, who provided regular updates on potential opportunities

    Candidate

  • Jobs seeking can be a soul-destroying experience as finding the right role, dealing with rejection, and getting little clear feedback in an increasingly automated world sucks the life out of candidates. However, it was refreshing to have a very positive human experience with Chris Kent and Charlotte Owen from Nigel Wright Recruitment – good briefing, thoughtful guidance, frank feedback, and time invested face-to-face, on the 'phone and online without at any time feeling like being in a sausage machine. Thank you.

    Candidate

  • Chris Kent has been helpful, thoroughly professional and highly personable. He has listened extremely well to gauge my specific skills and needs and is taking action to help me find the best new situation possible.

    Candidate

  • Very thorough initial interviews; it really felt like I would be paired with the right role. A step above other agencies who just attempt to fill a role with any candidate. Nigel Wright is serious about their reputation and will only put you forward if you meet the client’s spec. Top service. Good feedback in between interviews and hey presto a new job! Success.

    Candidate

  • I found Chris Kent to be an invaluable support throughout our recruitment. Chris took time to understand our business and was a great sounding board for our ideas. He pushed us to examine our exact requirements for the role and then diligently set about researching the market, advertising and filtering candidates. This ultimately led to a low stress process and an excellent appointment of a Sales Director. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Chris on future projects.

    Client – Managing Director

  • I have worked with Chris Kent at Nigel Wright for a number of years and he is an outstanding recruiter with a high level of integrity. He took the time to fully understand our business, culture, values, and the senior sales roles we were recruiting for. This has given him deep knowledge of our requirements, which resulted in him only putting forward candidates who closely match our needs. He oozes professionalism, and consistently goes the extra mile for us. We would have no hesitation in recommending Chris and the Nigel Wright team for their excellent service.

    Client – Commercial Director

  • The recruitment service provided by Chris Kent was excellent. His understanding of our requirements meant that he was able to present a number of credible candidates quickly, and his efficient control of the process allowed us to arrange interviews and make an excellent appointment of a Divisional Head of Commercial with the minimum of fuss.

    Client – European HR Director

  • We ran a very successful and concise process with Chris and his team at Nigel Wright. Chris provided a very strong and balanced shortlist of candidates that matched the job description and the process led to the successful appointment of our new UK and Ireland Head of Marketing.

    Client – Managing Director

  • Chris' approach to the process was exceptional. He not only spent time researching the business and meeting the Directors but also took time to meet the management team to ensure that the candidates he put forward would be a good fit for both the company and the staff. Chris then provided a shortlist of seven candidates with a good range of skills and experience, all of whom would be a good fit for the business. Having successfully appointed my permanent successor, I have to say that I have been very impressed with Chris' diligence, sensitivity and professionalism. I would certainly recommend him and will use him again as required.

    Client – Interim Managing Director

  • Chris Kent worked diligently to search against our brief to provide a strong shortlist of initial candidates. When we interviewed we decided to adjust the brief and profile of individual we wished to hire. Chris listened to my feedback, refined the search and came back with a new shortlist from which we were able to appoint. This was a challenging role to fill and Chris maintained good communication throughout, exuding calmness and professionalism. His ability to modify his approach enabled us to achieve the desired successful outcome.

    Client – Group Sales Director

  • Chris came prepared to the initial meeting, having researched the Group and the relevant subsidiary. He explored our requirements thoroughly and demonstrated he understood what we were looking for to fill our Managing Director vacancy. He ran a very transparent process, demonstrating the work he was doing throughout (this is unseen and can therefore be questioned at times). He was very professional, keeping us on track with a process timetable and working effectively with our sometimes less than efficient processes. Chris provided advice and support throughout to assist in our decision making and supported the candidates throughout the process. This included two internal candidates and meant a fair and open process was maintained. We ultimately achieved a smooth and successful appointment.”

    Client – Group Head of HR

  • The service provided by Chris Kent was excellent. He took the time to come to our premises and fully understood the post and importance of it to the success of our business.The candidate shortlist presented was of a high calibre and all interviewees had clearly been well briefed prior to attending their interviews. The process ran very smoothly and the feedback form the interview panel was all positive. The timeliness of the appointment was of critical importance to us and this was successfully met thought Chris’ effective process.

    Client – Group HR Business Partner