About Celia Harmston

Celia Harmston

Celia Harmston

Private Household Consultant

Celia runs the Private Household & Childcare desk for Leaman Consulting and has worked with the most affluent and well known households with great success. A consummate professional and a highly trained individual within this area Celia has a degree in Primary Education and an in-depth understanding of the importance of the quality of candidate needed to work within a personal residence. Celia has a caring and professional approach and will visit the residence when required to ascertain the right fit for you or your Principal, whether it be an experienced Housekeeper,  Nanny, Estate/House Manager, Butler, Driver, Chef or Household Couple. Celia has often worked on adhoc roles and specifications - so do not hesitate to run anything by her!

 
 

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£35000 - £38000 per annum

We are seeking an experienced private Gardener with good horticulture knowledge in relation to flowers, shrubs and plants to work alongside the Groundsman and property team, to care for the private grounds at this Principal's residences in Windsor and associated accommodation.

 

DUTIES would include, but not limited to:

 

- Day to day care and maintenance of the grounds including the boundaries, lawns, water features, hedging, greenhouse and associated garden areas around the property

- Plant and maintain seasonal planting and monitor and maintain the health of all planting

- Prune and trim trees and bushes, ensuring safe working practices are followed

- Mow, trim and fertilise green spaces and maintain gardening equipment and machinery ie. mowers, trimmers and leaf blowers

- Regularly inspect any garden structures and undertake minor repairs or support the Groundsman with these works, ensuring compliance with H&S

- General garden carpentry such as assembling and maintaining furniture, minor painting and decorating to maintain gardens appearance

- Maintain accurate records/documentation associated with the role, and contribute to the smooth running of the grounds adhering to all policies and procedures

- Possible ad-hoc projects linked to the role

 

THE PERSON WILL:

 

- Be able to work in total confidentiality and discretion with excellent emotional intelligence

- Maintain a professional personal appearance and demeanour

- Be hard working, reliable and honest with good time management skills and attention to detail

- Good communication skills including written and verbal

- Analytical mindset and good problem-solving skills

- A passion for everything and anything to do with gardening

- The ability to lift heavy objects

 

REQUIREMENTS:

 

- Minimum 5 years working on large private properties or luxury estates

- Willingness to work flexibly

- Clean driving licence

- Current Basic DBS clearance, or willing to obtain a DBS certificate

 

Live out position, £35,000 - £37,000 gross pa DOE etc, plus pension, healthcare and dental insurance and discretionary bonus. Start ASAP.

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£37,000 - £40,000

Live Out Daily Housekeeper Cook close to Regents Park

Wonderful clients of our are looking for a full time housekeeper Cook to work 45 hours Monday to Friday.
 
As the housekeeper you will be responsible for the day to day running of the home to a high standard, including laundry, ironing, wardrobe management, liaising with tradesmen, walking the family dog and helping with errands. 


The family are looking for someone long term, who will adapt with the family’s needs. They are looking for someone with a warm and caring character and approach, who loves to look after both the house and the family! 


You must also be animal friendly as you will be required to walk the family's friendly dog.


A housekeeper with a drivers licence would be a bonus.

 

Location: North West London

Hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 6.30pm

Salary: £37,000 - £40,000 gross per year (negotiable)

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£40000 - £45000 per annum DOE

Housekeeper for a family in Chelsea.


This family of 4 are looking for an experienced housekeeper to join them on a live out basis. Your duties will include but not be limited to:
- General housekeeping and assisting with laundry
- Packing and unpacking for trips
- Knowledge of specialist cleaning products to use on marble etc.
- Ideally flexible to travel with the family to UK and overseas locations (can be shared with other housekeepers)
- Must be child and dog friendly!

As the housekeeper laundress you will have worked in private households as a laundress or similar role and along side a staff team, aside from the housekeeping team the family employ a nanny, PA, driver and chef.

Starting: ASAP
Salary: £40,000 - £45,000 DOE
Location: Chelsea SW3
Hours: This is a live out role working 5 days a week on a shift pattern either 7am - 5pm, 8am - 6pm or 9am - 7pm one day will be a weekend.

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

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£50000 - £450000 per annum DOE

Housekeeper Laundress for a family in Chelsea.


This family of 4 are looking for an experienced housekeeper with good laundry and wardrobe skills. Your duties will include but not be limited to:
- General housekeeping
- Responsible for the family laundry and clothing
- Keeping tracking of dry cleaning collections and returns
- Handwashing
- Packing and unpacking for trips
- Silver and glass polishing
- Knowledge of specialist cleaning products to use on marble etc.
- Ideally flexible to travel with the family to UK and overseas locations (can be shared with other housekeepers)
- Must be child and dog friendly!

As the housekeeper laundress you will have worked in private households as a laundress or similar role and along side a staff team, aside from the housekeeping team the family employ a nanny, PA, driver and chef.

Starting: ASAP
Salary: £45,000 - £50,000 DOE
Location: Chelsea SW3
Hours: This is a live out role working 5 days a week on a shift pattern either 7am - 5pm, 8am - 6pm or 9am - 7pm, one day will be a weekend.

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

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£45000 - £50000 per annum DOE

Head Housekeeper with service skills required for a family in Chelsea.


This family of 4 are looking for an experienced and hands on head housekeeper with some butler / service skills. Your duties will include but not be limited to:
- In house butler duties to include answering the door, greeting guests, offering tea and coffee and setting the table
- General housekeeping and ensuring the team are keeping high standards at all time
- Packing and unpacking for trips
- Silver and glass polishing
- Knowledge of specialist cleaning products to use on marble etc.
- Running errands such as to the grocery shop, post office, dog groomers
- Ideally flexible to travel with the family to UK and overseas locations (can be shared with other housekeepers)
- Must be child and dog friendly!

As the head housekeeper you will have worked in private households in a similar senior role and along side a staff team, aside from the housekeeping team the family employ a nanny, PA, driver and chef.

Starting: ASAP
Salary: £45,000 - £50,000 DOE
Location: Chelsea SW3
Hours: This is a live out role working 5 days a week on a shift pattern either 7am - 5pm, 8am - 6pm or 9am - 7pm, one day will be a weekend.

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

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£40000 - £42000 per annum

 

Busy family living in Kensington are seeking a confident, upbeat and hands on housekeeper to join them on a live out full time basis, 40-45 hours a week.

 

The family have 2 school aged boys who are pretty self-sufficient and at boarding school during the week at term times.

 

The family are looking for someone extremely well organised with a positive, can-do attitude and a sunny disposition and a willingness and ability to learn. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to join a friendly and welcoming family home who enjoys keeping busy and always being one step ahead. You must be child and dog friendly too!

 

 

Your duties will include but not be limited to:

- Housekeeping - cleaning, laundry and ironing. Handwashing and organising for the dry cleaning

- Ironing

- Working with specialist surfaces (wooden floors, marble, artwork etc)

- Assisting in the kitchen to prepare simple meals now and then - a salad etc

- Any other duties asked by the employer

- Organisation of the house

- Packing / Unpacking for travel

- Help with flower arrangements

- Watering plants

- Organising the fridge and freezer

- Ordering the groceries

- Setting the table

- Clean silver / designer furniture

- Occasional heavy duty cleaning of a room

- Keeping the presentation of the house up to impeccable standard

 

 

Hours: Monday to Friday 40-45 hours 8.30am - 4.30pm or could be 8/9am for the right person. Flexibility to help extra hours as and when

Location: Kensington W8

Start date: ASAP, interviews now

Salary: £40,000

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£28000 - £28080 per annum

Busy family living in Kensington are seeking a confident, upbeat and hands on housekeeper / household assistant to join them on a live out part time basis, 30 hours a week M/W/F.

The family have 2 school aged boys who are pretty self-sufficient and at boarding school. The family employ a housekeeper who works Monday to Friday.

The family are looking for someone extremely well organised with a positive, can-do attitude and a sunny disposition and a willingness and ability to learn. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to join a friendly and welcoming family home who enjoys keeping busy and always being one step ahead. You must be child and dog friendly too!

 

Your duties will include but not be limited to:

- Keeping the presentation of the house up to impeccable standard

- Organisation of the house

- Packing / Unpacking for travel

- Help with flower arrangements

- Watering plants

- Organising the fridge and freezer

- Ordering the groceries

- Washing & hand washing clothing

- Ironing

- General light maintenance, e.g changing lightbulbs etc

- Re/Arrange cupboards, including kitchen

- Setting the table

- Clean silver / designer furniture

- Occasional heavy duty cleaning of a room

 

This might suit a more junior candidate or someone with yacht experience who is looking for learn new things and receive household training. The family are also open to more experienced profiles! The key for them is the right fit.

 

Hours: Ideally, 3 days a week (Mon, Wed, Fri) for 10 hours each

Location: Kensington W8

Start date: ASAP, interviews now

Salary: £18 p/h gross

 

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

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£38,000 - £40,000

Live-in Housekeeper/Cook – Monday to Friday - Surrey ASAP Start

Our client is looking for a hardworking and flexible Housekeeper Cook to work on a live in basis, managing their permanent residence with small 1 acre garden.  Family consists of Husband and wife with 3 children under 15 (children only part-time at residence).

Duties include:

  • General housekeeping and cleaning (there are cleaners part time to support)
  • Cooking two meals a day (lunch and dinner) with ability to cook for friends and extended family too on occasion (Principal's are Vegan).
  • Laundry and wardrobe management for high end clothing
  • General tidying and organising.
  • Caring for the family’s pets including 4 very friendly dogs.

Hours: are generally 8-6 Monday - Friday.

Must be able to drive + car is provided on/off duty.

Accommodation: Separate 1 bed annexe is provided with separate kitchen 

Salary: £40,000 gpa negotiable for the ideal individual.

Interviewing now to start immediately.

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£70000 - £90000 per annum

Private Chef for UHNW principal in Mayfair

A new role has arisen within our clients home in Mayfair for a switched on, health focussed private chef.

This is a live out role working 5 days a week with full flexibility needed when the client is in residence (approx 4 months of the year). The property will also be used by guests, so the chef will need to be available during these times as well. You will work in conjunction with the House Manager and other staff to ensure the clients' needs are met at all times.

Day to day when the client is here you will need to provide healthy meals where taste is not compromised. Interesting smoothies, juices and salads are favoured, as are Asian inspired menus. As the chef you will also cater for any business meetings held inhouse, dinners and parties for up to 20 people (assistant chef can be provided) and able to adapt quickly and easily to ever changing requests.

Experience interacting with VIP/celebrity clients is essential.

The client is looking for a chef who understands and has knowledge of the latest London food trends and restaurants so suggestions can be made to the principal when he is in town.

You must know where to source the highest quality ingredients in London, and able to build relationships with these suppliers.

The ideal candidate will have experience of working on board large super yacht's as a chef and can hit the ground running in any kitchen.

Must like dogs!

Hours: Will need to be discussed at interview and with the client, so this role would best suit someone without dependants. When the client is not in London there will be more down time.

Location: Mayfair some international travel

Salary: £70,000 - £90,000 GPA

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£40000 - £42000 per annum

Laundress required for large home near Sloane Square

 

We are looking for an experienced Laundress for our client based near Sloane Square. You will work as a part of an established household team including Executive Assistant, PA, Security , Nannies and 4 housekeepers, as well as a chauffeur. The family has 3 children and a dog.

 

Your duties will include but not be limited to:

 

  • Washing and Steaming clothes
  • Mending clothes
  • Ironing clothes and linens
  • Wardrobe management and organisation of laundry
  • Sorting and preparing items for dry cleaning
  • Seasonal organisation of wardrobes
  • Cataloguing designer clothing and relative valuable items
  • Attending to suit cases for travel and return
  • Others ad hoc duties concerning housekeeping
  • Ensuring the kitchen is tidy before leaving
  • You must also be happy to help in other areas of housekeeping if the need requires

 

Previous experience working as a dedicated laundress in a large private home is essential.

 

Starting ASAP

Location: Sloane Square SW3

Hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 7pm

Salary: £40,000 - £42,000 GPA DOE

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Up to £15 per hour

Live out Weekend Housekeeper in Chelsea SW3, ASAP start

Charming family of 3 1 dog, are looking for a professional and experienced housekeeper to work 30 hours over 3 days, Friday & Saturday and a 3rd days either Sunday or Monday. They live in a 3 bedroom home in Chelsea and employ a full time Monday to Friday housekeeper (placed by us)

This role is for additional support for the full time housekeeper, plus hand son cleaning and tidying at weekends after entertaining and dinner parties. There may b4e some requirement to help in the kitchen with simple vegetable preparation for example. they recently moved into their 2/3 bedroom house in Chelsea and are looking for someone to run their household efficiently.
The family have asked for a non-smoking candidate only.

Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday OR Friday, Saturday & Monday working 30 hours.
Location: Chelsea SW3
Salary: £15 net per hour

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£38000 - £40000 per annum negotiable

Daily Housekeeper in Belgravia

Our client is a family of 3 2 dogs, living in Belgravia is looking for a top notch housekeeper to join them on a live out permanent basis.
The client is looking for a presentable and professional housekeeper to work Monday to Friday with occasional weekends agreed in advance.

Your duties will include but not be limited to:
* Cleaning of property
* Cooking - family style cooking
* Serving and greeting guests,
* Storing clothes correctly (wardrobe management),
* Checking supplies, receiving deliveries and groceries and unpacking them.
* Stocking cupboards and household shopping
* running household errands
* Walking Dogs - two small lassie dogs

You must have at least 4 years previous housekeeping experience within high level private homes with checkable references.
The family are looking for someone long term and dedicated, with a friendly and warm personality.

Start date: ASAP
Hours: Monday - Friday (with occasional weekends if possible) 9.30am to 6.30pm
Location: Belgravia (8 mins walk from Victoria station)
Salary: £38,000 - £40,000 negotiable

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

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