A family owned company located in London, UK celebrating 20 years since establishment in 2000. PJ Search specialises in events and recruitment services within the Hospitality sector. Paul and James (father and son), are proud to contribute and support this wonderfully diverse industry.

As a family, the Gilley's try their hand at many things to raise funds for charity and support industry peers - whether it's been bungee jumping, abseiling, running or campaigning - keeping a central charitable focus in the business.


London Hospitality Festival - a music and sporting event held in West London provides an annual Summer party for Hospitality workers. 2020 will see over 5000 attendees from 150 companies and raising much needed funds for the Springboard charity.


PJ Search & Selection - specialists in senior management Hospitality roles, primarily London appointments, as well as

ad hoc throughout the UK and Europe.




Paul Gilley FIH

Managing Director

From the age of 15, Paul started working in the family hotel to hotels across the world including 5 red star establishments. Using this experience, Paul set up PJ Search in June 2000.

In the wake of the 2008 UK recession, Paul started a football tournament for the staff members of his favourite clients - growing considerably over 11 consecutive years into the

London Hospitality Festival.

Over many years, Paul has worked with charities across the sector including Springboard, Hospitality Action, House of St Barnabas, StreetSmart and the Janus Foundation. He is a board member for the Institute of Hospitality. 


James Gilley MIH


At the age of 22, James co-founded The Running charity in reaction to the death of a close friend. Its aim is to help young men and women escape homelessness using the power of sport and fitness.

In 2013, James ran a campaign with friend Lucy Gaygasuz to urge London Marathon runners to hold their #HandsOverHearts as they crossed the finish line as a personal tribute to victims of the Boston marathon bombings - reaching millions on social media and TV.

In 2018, James joined the business taking the lead on the festival and charitable efforts. He sits on the fundraising committee of Springboard.


Organisers of the London Hospitality Festival

In the same way you would book your staff Christmas party venue in the winter, the London Hospitality Festival is the go-to staff party venue of the summer. Every year, the biggest names in hospitality get together to share an unforgettable day with their colleagues, friends and family. 


We provide a unique opportunity for the industry to reward and celebrate its staff, combining a music festival with team sports, charity fundraising and family entertainment - there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 


The 2020 event aims to bring 5000+ Hospitality workers together from 100+ establishments across London; a perfect setting to bring you Fred Sirieix's National Waiters' Day race.








Enter a team into the National Waiters' Day race to become the fastest in the country. All proceeds raised will go to the Springboard Charity.

Enter a team into our fastest growing and most inclusive tournament. Join 300 players from 24 teams in this sociable and fun day out.

Enter a team into the industry's biggest tournament to become the champions. Join 1,200 players from 80 teams going head to head.

Hold your staff party at the centre of the industry's summer festival. We have F&B packages that you can pre-order for your staff.


Contact us

Paul Gilley

+44 (0) 781 808 3244


James Gilley

+44 (0) 781 808 3245


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