Celia Harmston

Head of Private Households & Estates

Meet Celia, the expert behind Leaman Consulting’s Private Household & Estates Desk. With a degree in Primary Education and over 10 years’ experience within the industry she has a deep understanding of candidate quality in private residences. Her caring and professional approach ensures the right fit for you or your principal, whether you need a Housekeeper, Estate/House Manager, Butler, Driver, Chef or Domestic Couple.

Celia is experienced with adhoc roles and welcomes any staffing enquiries – your perfect candidates is just a conversation away.

For a confidential discussion of your needs, you can contact Celia direct at celia@leamanconsulting.com or by calling 020 3006 7888.

 
 

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£40000 - £45000 per annum negotiable

Job Title: Housekeeper (Live Out) for Large Country Home in Surrey
Salary: £40,000 - £45,000 per year (negotiable)


Are you an experienced Tagalog speaking housekeeper with a passion for maintaining large country homes? Do you have a knack for attention to detail and a friendly, discreet demeanour? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!


Job Description:
We are seeking a Housekeeper to join a family of 4 in Surrey. You will oversee and be hands on with the upkeep of a spacious 5/6-bedroom main house and a coach house. The main house serves as the principals primary residence, while the coach house is occupied by adult family members.


Responsibilities:

  • Cleaning: Perform high-level cleaning using appropriate products for wood, glass, and fabric. Ensure that both the main house and coach house are kept in immaculate condition.
  • Laundry: Handle a significant amount of laundry, including bed linens and towels. Ironing will be required.
  • Tidying and Organizing: Maintain an organised environment with a keen eye for detail. Ensure everything is in its place.
  • Food: Prepare evening meals as needed and provide chopped fruit in the morning.
  • Waste Management: Set up and maintain organised bins for recycling and waste disposal.
  • Grocery Shopping: Manage grocery shopping, including placing orders with Ocado and receiving deliveries. Liaise with contractors as necessary.
  • Running Errands: Assist with various errands, such as post office.
  • Pet Care: Provide some care for a puppy, a Cane Corso (large breed dog) to include feeding, vet trips.


Requirements: Previous experience in large country homes or estates is highly preferred.

  • Friendly and discreet demeanour.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently.
  • Attention to detail and a strong sense of organization.
  • Valid driver's license and ability to run errands.
  • Pet-friendly, especially with dogs.


Working Hours:

  • 5 days a week (Monday to Friday)
  • Hours: 40 hours a week 9:00/9:30 am to 5:00 pm/5:30 pm/6:30 flexible


Benefits:

  • Competitive salary: £40,000 - £45,000 per year.
  • The chance to be a part of a welcoming family home.

*Please note we cannot guarantee a response to every application*

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£50000.00 - £55000 per annum DOE

Senior or Head Housekeeper for private household in Marylebone, W1.
UHNW family are looking for a very experienced senior housekeeper with good front of house skills to join them on a live out basis. You will work alongside a small housekeeping team as well as nannies, a driver, chef and PA.

Hours: Monday to Friday 7.30am - 3.30pm (with additional hours agreed in advance)
Location: Central London, W1
Salary: up to £55K GPA, DOE

Your responsibilities as the head / senior housekeeper will include but not limited to:
* Carry out all cleaning requirements to a high standard
* Laundry Management: putting clothes in laundry, moving to dryer, ironing & wardrobe maintenance
* Polishing silver and copper
* Keeping track of stocks of household provisions
* Liaising with the chef to ensure breakfast provisions are stocked and coordinating with the weekend Housekeeper to       ensure the kitchen is stocked for the weekend
* Meeting tradespeople and overseeing household accounts and utilities
* Hiring freelancers as required
* Prepping the family for travel including packing and unpacking travel suitcases
* Running errands, including dropping off and collecting dry cleaning
* Looking after 2 small dogs, walking them and providing day to day care
* Arranging appointments for the dogs - groomer, vet, dog walker
* Looking after and maintaining plants in the household, removing dead or dying flowers from otherwise good             arrangements. Keep vase storage organised
* Organisation of household upkeep whilst the family are away
* Welcoming guests and visitors
* Having a visible presence within the house to ensure that all family request and queries are
responded to promptly and effectively
* Making small repairs - e.g. changing light bulbs
* Assisting and preparing for household events
* Receiving deliveries and managing post
* Dealing with work in covering employees during lateness, sickness, holidays etc.
* Ensuring the staff are wearing correct uniform and are well presented
* Dealing with guest complaints in a friendly and efficient manner ensure guest satisfaction at all times.
* Keep in constant communication with the family EA
* Taking control of emergencies i.e. fire and intruder alarms, initiating call outs where required.
* Being able to maintain and provide the highest standards when dealing with arts, silver, marble, fixtures and fittings.
* To provide healthy breakfasts for all members of the family. The chef will provide lunch and dinner for the family.
* To use fresh and organic produce only in all food preparation

The family are looking for a housekeeper who has:
* Proven experience as a Housekeeper in a large HNWI household
* Staff management experience
* Ability to work with little supervision and ability to manage other household staff
* Have a 'can' do' positive personality, happy to respond to changing requests
* Prioritisation and time management skills
* Ability to work quickly without compromising quality
* Good knowledge of both verbal and written English
* Numerate and communicative, able to use email, WhatsApp etc.
* Strong attention to detail
* Outstanding guest service skill

*PLEASE NOTE THIS ROLE HAS NOW BEEN FILLED*

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£45000.00 - £55000 per annum DOE accommodation

Live-In Driver - Mayfair Residence

An exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to become an integral part of a Mayfair residence. We are seeking a live-in chauffeur to bring their skills and positive energy to our clients household.

Key Responsibilities

  • Driving: On-call for chauffeur duties when the client is in residence. Occasional driving for other members of the extended family.
  • Security: Oversee household security, light maintenance, and liaise with contractors as needed.
  • Live-In Arrangement: Accommodation provided, including an ensuite room with a door to an outside terrace.
  • Flexible Assistance: Run errands, assist with daily tasks, and contribute to the smooth operation of the household.
  • Pet Care: Must be a dog lover, you will be responsible for the care of a large dog, to include walking, feeding, and taking the dog to the vet when necessary.


Household Dynamics:

  • Relaxed Atmosphere: Enjoy a pleasant and relaxed environment with an approachable principal.
  • Central Location: The residence is located in Mayfair, with the office conveniently situated around the corner. Cars are parked in the garage and nearby.
  • Team: You will work closely with the household and office team. 


Candidate Requirements:

  • Personality: Easy-going, flexible, and understanding of the responsibilities associated with the role.
  • Background: Preference for candidates with a security background, ex-military, or police experience.
  • Experience: Must have relevant experience as a chauffeur for a private principal with checkable references and Enhanced DBS.
  • Interviews: Interviews now with a start date anticipated in the new year.

 

  • Schedule: Flexibility in terms of working hours throughout the year will be required with this post. The hours will be on average 40 - 45 per week, over 5 days, with two consecutive days off. However, when the Principal is in residence (approximately 6 months in total throughout the year) the driver will be required to work longer hours and flexibly. When the Principal is away (approximately 6 months in total throughout the year), the working hours will be significantly less.
  • Salary: Competitive salary in the range of £45,000-£55,000 accommodation.



*Please note we cannot guarantee a response to every application*

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£45000 - £55000.00 per annum negotiable
ob Title: Chauffeur for UHNW CEO
Location: Mayfair, London
Start Date: Mid - End of January 2024
We are looking for an experienced and professional chauffeur for a long term committed role with a UHNW principal in Mayfair. You will be based from the office in Mayfair.
Responsibilities:
  • Drive the principal to and from appointments, evening dinners, and meetings.
  • Manage day-to-day errands for the office staff which might include dry cleaning, prescription pickups, and other errands.
  • Maintain a flexible schedule for occasional extended family and unexpected tasks.
  • Ensure the upkeep, valet, and maintenance of the principal's car (Bentley Bentayga).
  • Manage parking in the designated underground spaces near the office.
  • Be available during core hours (7:45/8:00 am - 5:00 pm) and evenings when needed.
  • Coordinate with the Executive Assistant and office team weekly regarding diary and task lists.
  • Be on hand for airport runs and collections.
  • Maintain a professional and measured demeanour, respecting the privacy of this UHNW client.
Qualifications:
  • Experience working as a private chauffeur for a similar principal at UHNWI CEO level.
  • Excellent knowledge of London and the surrounding areas.
  • Proactive, with a good work ethic and the ability to foresee and address potential issues.
  • Ability to adapt to a flexible and dynamic work environment.
  • Impeccable English language skills.
  • Well presented at all times.
Working Conditions:
  • Schedule: Monday to Friday 7.45am - 5pm evenings as and when
  • Salary range: £45,000 - £55,000, with flexibility based on experience.
  • Starting in 2024, with a short handover/shadowing of the current driver.

*Please note we cannot guarantee a response to every application*
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£42000.00 - £46000 per annum DOE

Experienced Housekeeper required to join a busy friendly household in Kensington, working 40-45 hours a week on a live out basis.

Your duties as the housekeeper will include but not be limited to:

  • All high level housekeeping and cleaning, knowledge of and how to use specialist cleaning products on furniture or fabrics
  • Top notch laundry ironing skills - for bed linen, clothing, delicate and luxury clothing, hand washing and sorting for dry cleaning
  • Organising cupboards and ensuring household supplies are always stocked
  • Grocery shopping and running errands
  • Liaising with contractors and able to call in help from suppliers if something in the house needs fixing or maintaining
  • Happy to muck in in general with the team to ensure the house is kept at a high standard at all times
  • Must be dog friendly and happy to occasionally walk and feed the dogs
  • Flexible attitude to occasionally supervise the children (14 yrs) on when the client travels
  • At least 4 years private household or yacht experience

The family are down to earth and welcoming, and you would work as part of a small team, so a collaborative nature is key - as well as the ability to take responsibility and work independently when required. Leaman Consulting have placed the other full time housekeeper there.

They are looking for a housekeeper who loves their work, discrete and professional with a friendly and proactive work attitude.

Hours: Monday to Friday, generally 9am - 5pm with flexibility
Location: Kensington W8
Salary: £43,000 - £46,000 GPA negotiable


*Must be living in London already with the right to work in the UK*

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£27000.00 - £29000.00 per annum

A friendly family residing in a stunning 10-bedroom house, spread across three floors in Farnham. The home boasts a wealth of reception rooms and features an outhouse equipped with a gym and art studio. With two young adults aged 18 and 16, as well as principals, the household is always bustling with activity.

Seeking a part-time housekeeper to help maintain the beautiful and historic home. Your responsibilities will include housekeeping, laundry, ironing, tidying, receiving deliveries, and unpacking. In addition, you will be responsible for ordering products online and running some errands. You will also work closely with the Personal Assistant & security team to ensure the smooth running of the household. Your working hours will be 5 days per week, 9am - 2pm (with some flexibility).

Key Responsibilities:
* Housekeeping: Cleaning and maintaining the various rooms and spaces in the home, ensuring everything is organised and tidy.
* Laundry and Ironing: Washing, folding, and ironing clothes and linens.
* Receiving Deliveries: Accepting and organising deliveries on the clients behalf.
* Online Shopping: Ordering products online and keeping track of household supplies.
* Liaise with PA: Collaborate with the Personal Assistant to manage household tasks efficiently.

Requirements:
* Previous housekeeping experience is preferred.
* Attention to detail and a strong work ethic.
* Flexibility to work additional hours when needed.
* Respect for the privacy and confidentiality of the family.
* Excellent communication and organisational skills.

Salary and Benefits:
* Competitive salary of £29,000 gross per annum, negotiable.
* Weekly pay with monthly payslips.
* A friendly and welcoming family environment.
* Opportunities for growth and development in your role.

*Part-Time (5 Days a Week / 9am - 2pm)
*Location: Surrey (Farnham)

If you are a reliable, hardworking individual who takes pride in maintaining a beautiful home and is committed to the well-being of a family, we would love to hear from you.

*Please note we cannot guarantee a response to every application*

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£45000.00 - £55000 per annum DOE Living arrangements
  • Job title: Butler (full-time)
  • Location: London, with occasional travelling
  • Salary: £45,000 - £55,000 negotiable (DOE living arrangements)
  • Accommodation: Live in or live out (within reasonable travelling distance)
  • Hours: Mon - Fri, 40 hours a week with flexibility
  • Starting: ASAP
  • Driving licence essential


We are looking for a professional and dedicated Butler with a real eye for detail to assist a couple with the daily running of their London home alongside a well-established household team. The role includes the usual butler duties including provisioning and light cooking on occasion.

This is a new role within the team where your duties will include creating a calm and well-ordered home environment, maintained to the highest standards.

Your duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Managing the team of experienced housekeepers: helping them to organise their workload and providing oversight and guidance as needed, and helping out occasionally in cases of unforeseen staff absence.
  • Wardrobe management: caring for delicate fabrics and arranging repairs and specialist cleaning as required. You will ensure that clothes are properly stored and available for use by the principals when needed.
  • Front of house skills: welcoming guests to the house, offering refreshments and generally looking after guests staying with the family at any of their properties.
  • Organise occasional dinners and drinks parties in liaison with the PA (and the gardeners in summer), hiring catering staff as required.
  • Liaising with local property managers at the principal's other homes to make sure that everything is ready for their arrival.
  • You may be asked to accompany the family when they travel, or travel in advance to prepare for their arrival, you must be happy to travel within the UK and overseas.
  • Packing luggage for the principals and liaising with the PA on the detailed arrangements.
  • Other duties could also include some personal shopping and occasional driving.


As the household Butler, you will inspire a passion for excellence and service in the household team, and set an outstanding example. You will be confident, thoughtful and discreet, giving the family the privacy they need in their home.

The ideal candidate will be adept at anticipating the family's needs and planning ahead to ensure that arrangements run smoothly despite the demands of busy schedules.

The successful candidate will have many years of relevant experience and with proven longevity in previous employments.

*Please note we cannot guarantee a response to every application*

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£45000.00 - £60000 per annum DOE Living arrangements

We are looking for a professional and dedicated Butler with a real eye for detail to assist a couple with the daily running of their London home alongside a well-established household team. The role includes the usual butler duties including some light cooking.

This is a new role within the team where your duties will include creating a calm and well-ordered home environment, maintained to the highest standards.

Your duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Managing the team of experienced housekeepers: helping them to organise their workload and providing oversight and guidance as needed, and helping out occasionally in cases of unforeseen staff absence.
  • Wardrobe management: caring for delicate fabrics and arranging repairs and specialist cleaning as required. You will ensure that clothes are properly stored and available for use by the principals when needed.
  • Front of house skills: welcoming guests to the house, offering refreshments and generally looking after guests staying with the family at any of their properties.
  • Organise occasional dinners and drinks parties in liaison with the PA (and the gardeners in summer), hiring catering staff as required.
  • Liaising with local property managers at the principal's other homes to make sure that everything is ready for their arrival.
  • You may be asked to accompany the family when they travel, or travel in advance to prepare for their arrival, you must be happy to travel within the UK and overseas.
  • Packing luggage for the principals and liaising with the PA on the detailed arrangements.
  • Other duties could also include some personal shopping and occasional driving.


As the household Butler, you will inspire a passion for excellence and service in the household team, and set an outstanding example. You will be confident, thoughtful and discreet, giving the family the privacy they need in their home.

The ideal candidate will be adept at anticipating the family's needs and planning ahead to ensure that arrangements run smoothly despite the demands of busy schedules.

The successful candidate will have many years of relevant experience and with proven longevity in previous employments.

Job title: Butler (full-time)

Location: London, with occasional travelling

Salary: £45,000 - £60,000 negotiable (DOE living arrangements)

Accommodation: Live in or live out (within reasonable travelling distance)

Hours: Mon - Fri, 40 hours a week with flexibility

Starting: ASAP

Driving licence essential

 

*Please note we cannot guarantee a response to every application*

 

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