About Celia Harmston

Celia Harmston

Private Household & Childcare Consultant

Celia runs the Private Household & Childcare desk for Leaman Consulting and has worked with the most affluent and well know 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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High Profile family living in Hampstead are seeking a bilingual French and English speaking Nanny/Manny to care for their 3 school age children B4, B8 & G5. This is a sole and share care role within a fully staffed household.

This is a wonderful role for a fluent French and English speaking nanny to join a busy and energetic household on a live out basis. During term time you will be working from 2.30/3pm - 8pm and during school holidays 8am - 8pm. The children attend 2 different schools so the school pickups are shared between yourself and Mum usually, The children have many after school activities, which are often taken at the house - whether this is swimming lessons, French tuition or football class.


Your duties as the children's nanny will include:

- School pick ups

- Ensuring all correct uniform, kit and snack bags are ready for each day

- Assisting and supporting with homework after school

- Helping at dinner times

- Assisting with the bath and bedtime routine

- Encouraging the children’s interests and learning, in particular with the 4 year olds numbers, letters, reading and building general interests before he attends reception this September

- Speaking in French and English with the children and encouraging their French language also

- Keeping on top of the children's playroom, toys, wardrobes and general organisation

- Travelling with the family when required (up to 2 weeks at a time)


As a nanny you will be:

- Experienced working with 2 or more children and within high profile environments

- Sporty and proactive

- Hands on and a team player

- Happy to take direction but also using your own initiative

- A confident London driver would be a bonus but not a necessity


Location: Hampstead NW3

Hours: Monday to Friday 2.30pm - 8pm during term time 8am - 8pm during school holidays + 2 babysits a week (rarely used)

Salary: £52,000 - £65,000 per year DOE

Starting: ASAP


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

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£35,000 - £40,000

A London based family of 5 are looking for a professional, experienced and down to earth housekeeper cook to join them on a live in or live out basis at their Cotswolds home. 

You will work a 5 day week to include weekends, as the family visit the home at weekends and during school holidays. You will be repsonsible for housekeeping, laundry and cooking for the family when they are in residence and also keeping the house running when they are not. 

The main house is 6 bedroom, and there are is a 2 bed guest accomodation too. 

The ideal housekeeper wil lhave at least 5 years experience working within private homes in a similar role, have an outgoing and confident personality and able to work well alone and as part of a team to ensure the highest service is provided. 

Attention to detail is key as is love of your job! You will very much become part of the family. You must like animals and be child friendly as you will be askied to baby sit occasionally, bake with the children, collect eggs, and get the children involved with the vegetable patch etc.

Your specific duties will include:

- To ensure the house is ready and inviting for the Family when they arrive.

- Responsible for all the food shopping and preparing of food for the Family’s arrival.

- To have a very high standard of cleaning:

- Clean and maintain the interior to a high standard.

- Ensure the linen, curtains, blinds, and fabrics are kept clean and laundered.

- Experience with dealing with laundry, delicate fabrics, hand washing.

- Good standard of cooking:

- Should enjoy cooking.

- Ability to cook healthy and wholesome meals, roasts etc.

- Able to put together menus, using seasonal ingredients.

- To be responsible for the preparation, serving, clearing away and after family meals.

- To be responsible for the daily upkeep of the house

- Front of House i.e., ability to receive guests when Principals are not in residence.

- To be responsible and care for domestic pets which includes a cocker spaniel

- Drive the family when required.

- To answer all incoming telephone calls and to re-direct all family correspondence.

- Happy to work independently and be self-motivated during the week when the Family are not in occupation



- The principals will be in residence every weekend and during school holidays, therefore the successful applicants will be required to work at these times.

- To work a five-day week with two days in the week being rest days (these are flexible). Working hours need to be flexible to suit the owners.

- When the owners are not in residence your standard hours will be 8.00am until 5.00pm, with one hour for lunch and two fifteen-minute tea breaks.

- Should be flexible and able to work in London or at a family property abroad on the odd occasion if required.


Salary & Other info:

- Salary up to £40,000 DOE / NEG

- Petrol allowance

- 28 days paid holiday days (including bank holidays)

- If Live in the accommodation is a small one bedroom cottage which adjoins the main house. The cottage has one bedroom, a small sitting room, kitchen area and bathroom. The cottage also has its own front door access, separate from the main house.

The successful applicants will have references checked and undergo employment screening.


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£12-15 per hour DOE

Lovely down to earth family of 3 (soon to be 4!) are looking for a child friendly housekeeper cook to work Monday to Thursday 8am - 4pm. You must enjoy cooking meals as they will want you to prepare lunch and dinner each day.

The house is in a beautiful leafy part of south west London, 10 mins walk from Barnes station SW13. There are 4 bedrooms, over 3 floors. You will be experienced with cleaning, laundry and ironing, running errands, grocery shopping and cooking. There is also a part time cleaner who does most of the deep cleaning.

You will be working Monday to Thursday 8am - 4pm with some flexibility.

The is a friendly dog who is very much part of the family, so you must be happy around dogs too.


Starting ASAP

Location: Barnes SW13

Hours: Monday - Thursday 8am - 4pm

Salary will DOE, up to £15 per hour


*This role is no longer available*

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£40,000 - £45,000

We are looking for an experienced, hands on and proactive cook housekeeper to join a family of 7 living in Chelsea. There are 5 children ages between 1-8 years old and the family have a friendly Labrador too,  so you must love working in a energetic family home!

As the Cook Housekeeper you will prepare meals for the family, guests and staff, and support with general housekeeping duties, there is a full time live in housekeeper employed too.

The kitchen and adjacent living areas will be your sole responsibility, as well as maintaining and overseeing all kitchen appliances, the preparation of meals, food and supply orders.

The family home is a large 6-bedroom house with a garden, roof terrace, security personnel and separate living quarters for staff. The Cook Housekeeper’s role is a central position within the household, interacting with Children, Nannies, household staff and the family.


The family eat informally with everything in a platter in on the table to serve themselves. They are very health conscious so the cook will need to be passionate about creating tasty, healthy and fresh meals,  lots of fresh interesting salads and vegetable dishes, chicken and fish too. A capable baker who can make healthy snacks.

This is a hands on role in a busy house and it is important that the cook is confident to prepare enough food for up to 10 people during busy times.  


Working alongside the other Housekeeper, you will be responsible for washing, drying and ironing the family’s laundry and general duties, as required.


This position is to start mid-June, but earlier can be considered.

Hours are Monday to Friday live out, 8am – 6pm with a 7pm on Fridays (although this can often be at 6pm depending on the families plans)

Salary will depend on experience but up to £45,000 gross per year.


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

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£46,000 - £55,000

A wonderful opportunity has arisen for an energetic young family of 4 relocating to London from NYC. They are looking for a positive, proactive and loving nanny for their two boys aged 20 months and 6 months old.

The ideal nanny will have experience with both babies through to school age and able to recognise and encourage developmental milestones and learning at all times in a fun interactive way. The eldest will hopefully attend school for half days from September.

As the family are new to London they are keen for the boys to attend activity clubs and classes, partake in playdates and get outside as much as possible! All usual nursery duties will be required including keeping the boys room and toys tidy, cooking fresh healthy meals and snacks and keeping  on top of their wardrobes.


The family will require their nanny to travel with them on occasion and you should see this as a bonus to a role! Babysitting and proxy parenting some weekends if the parents decide to have a long weekend away. This will be arranged in advance and paid extra.


The family have a very loving and kind natured dog (Bernedoodle breed) so you must be comfortable around animals and ideals a dog lover!


Location: Notting Hill

Start dates: 10th or 17th May 2021

Hours: Monday to Friday 8/8.30am – 7pm

Salary: £46,000 - £55,000 DOE


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£42,000 - £50,000

Afrikaans & English speaking nanny required for a lovely family living very close to Sloane Square station.
The position is live out role working Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm caring for 2 boys aged 2 years and 2 months old. As a nanny you will have baby and young child experience and work alongside the housekeeper nanny who is live in. The 2 year old attends various music and sports classes and is due to be in nursery from September 2021. 
This is a childcare focussed role with some nursery duties too, the ideal candidate will  be an Afrikaans South African so that you can speak in both Afrikaans & English to the children. The family are looking for a nanny who is experienced, organised and proactive and is happy to travel with the family internationally for up to 3 weeks. 

The family are looking for a nanny with a driving licence and experience driving in London with children, you will drive one of the families 4x4 cars.
The role is based in Chelsea until Spring 2022, then the family are due to move to their new home in Kensington/Holland Park - therefore the nanny must be happy to work in both locations.

This position will suit an experienced nanny looking to join a down to earth and welcoming family on a long term basis. 

The family also have 2 pet poodles, so you must be a dog lover!

Start date: ASAP
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm
Location: Sloane Square and then Holland Park
Salary: £42,000 - £50,000 gross per annum DOE + bens



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

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£600 npw | £42,619 gpa

Family of 4 living in Holland Park W11 are seeking an experienced, proactive, Italian speaking nanny to look after their 2 girls ages 4.5 and 5 years old (6 in July).

The house is fully staffed where you will work as part of a small team including housekeepers, chef, driver etc.


The role is Monday to Friday working 11am - 7pm during term time and 9am - 7pm during school holidays. You will be required to travel with the family during the summer for 8 weeks. You must be a confident swimmer in both pool and sea.


Duties will include speaking to the girls in Italian, school pickups, organise playdates and after school activities, supervise meal times, bath and bed.

They have various activities such as ballet, swimming and gymnastics you would need to ensure they have all the correct kit and be happy to purchase items such as presents clothes and uniforms.

All nursery duties and cooking healthy meals for the children too.


The family have a young cockerpoo who is very much part of the family so you must like dogs!


You must have experience as nanny with checkable references.


Starting: ASAP - Overseas travel from 15th July 2021 until 5th Sept 2021, including a week on a yacht. You will have your own room when travelling with the family.

Hours:  Monday - Friday 11am - 7pm during term time and 9am - 7pm during school holidays, when travelling you will work extra hours but will be remunerated for this.

Location: Holland Park

Salary: £600 net per week / £42,619 gross per year


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£40,000 - £45,000

Experienced & professional housekeeper sought for a UHNW family living close to Sloane Square Large household with 7 bedrooms over 5 floors. There are 2 adults and 3 children in the house and you will work alongside another 2 other housekeeper and a small household team including nannies, chef, PA and security.
Your main responsibility will be all high level cleaning and housekeeping, dealing with specialist materials in the house and have top laundry skills. Able to sort through items for hand washing, dry cleaning and so on, good ironing skills also required. This is a busy household with lots going on. The clients are friendly and treat everyone very well. You must have at least 5 years’ experience working as a housekeeper with UHNW clients in private homes. 

Hours: Monday to Friday 10/11am - 7/8pm 
Location: Sloane Square & Knightsbridge stations are closest
Salary: Will depend on experience, up to £45,000 for the right candidate
Starting: ASAP

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£300 p/w term time | £650 p/w holidays

VIP family in central London are looking for a bilingual French and English speaking nanny to care for their 3 children aged 9, 8 and 6 years old. This is an initial 3 month contract with then a rolling month to month agreement covering the current nannies maternity leave.
During term time you will be required to work 3pm - 7pm in London, then holidays will be spent either abroad or at their country home where the nanny will be required to live in and work full days 8am - 7pm. 

The ideal nanny will have worked with 3 children before and be happy to be in both sole and shared care of all 3. All usual nanny duties required including school pick ups, homework support, playdates and outings to the park and other clubs and classes. 
You will have worked with HNW/VIP families before and understand the discretion required. 

You must be happy to work both after school term time hours and also full days and travel with the family when required. A flexible nature with a hand son and bubbly attitude is key. 

Salary will be £300 net per week for after school hours (approx 36 weeks of the year) £650 net per week for holidays (approx 16 weeks of the year).

You must be able to speak fluent French and English. 

Please note this is a 3 month maternity contract with a month to month rolling agreement thereafter until the family know when/if the current nanny will return from maternity leave.

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£35,000 - £37,000

Leaman Consulting are looking for an experienced live out Housekeeper to work as part of a dedicated team, to provide an excellent level of service for a private family at their primary home in London.

360 Housekeeping support in this large and busy 7 bed 7 bath property. All high-level cleaning, laundry and other tasks.

-          Washing, ironing and laundry; including handling delicate, luxury & couture clothing. Arrange for dry-cleaning when appropriate. You may be asked to manage the principal’s wardrobes.

-          Watering house plants, caring for cut flowers once they’ve been brought in.

-          Carrying out weekly grocery shopping – on line and in store

-          Dealing with tradesmen, suppliers and contractors when come in to work

-          Keeping an eye on the family’s pet dogs

-          Serving at table at family events / meals etc

-          Carrying out any other tasks that the employer may reasonably ask


You will have:

- Approx 5 years’ experience within a formal, HNWI private household with exceptionally high standards

- Top attention to detail

- Have a strong work ethic, be loyal, passionate, and friendly.

- Team player – expected to work well and communicate effectively with the team

- Have a recent enhanced DBS, or willing to undertake one

- Checkable references


Hours/Days: Full-time 40 hours p/w over 5 days p/w (Mon – Sun flexible) Flexibility to work not only Mon - Fri but also at weekends is essential. Weekend work may be taken as time off in lieu mid-week.

Salary: up to £37,000 DOE

Location: Private Household, Holland Park, London


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

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£40,000 - £42,000

Busy family living in Kensington are seeking a confident, experienced and upbeat housekeeper cook who to join them on a live out basis. The family have 2 school aged boys who are pretty self-sufficient, but once they are back from school in the afternoons  you will need to oversee them. 
The family employ a morning housekeeper who works until mid-afternoon Monday to Friday.

Your duties to include but not limited to:
- daily family cooking
- household cleaning
- laundry to include, hand washing for delicates, washing, ironing, attention to and care of wardrobes & shoes
- arranging and organising household
- all orders for fruit & veg, meat, weekly Ocado & Waitrose and keeping house well stocked
- keeping household expenses
- flowers and plant care 
- overseeing two children age 12 years old from 5pm, although very independent children 
- dog walking and care (The family have a very friendly French Bulldog, so you must like dogs!)
- occasional proxy parenting during weekends when parents are travelling 
- drivers licence is a bonus
- potential travel during summer and Christmas (not a deal breaker)

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. 

It is essential that the candidates have had longevity in the previous roles with fantastic checkable references. 

Hours: 10/11am to 8pm Monday – Friday
Location: Kensington W8
Start date: ASAP
Salary: Will depend on the individual experience c. £40,000 - £42,000 gross per annum.

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

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DOE, 20-30CHF per hour

Lovely family of 3 are looking for an experienced and hands on housekeeper who likes children. Ideally they are looking for someone local  to Zug who can work on a live out basis Monday to Friday around 11am – 5/6pm with flexibility. Helping out at dinner parties and occasional travel with the family would be a bonus but not essential.

The house is informal day to day, but the candidate must be happy to work in semi and formal environments too.

The property is a 2 bed 2 bath apartment, there is a cleaner who comes in twice a month to deep clean but you will be the sole housekeeper and be happy to work autonomously.


Responsibilities and duties will include but not be limited to:

  • All high level cleaning and laundry with good ironing skills
  • Experience working with expensive furnishing including marble, slate, wood and antiques
  • You must be a good cook who can help maintain a freezer stash of weaning food for their baby boy who is around 4 months old currently.
  • Clean baby bottles, prep dinner ingredients, general tidying, washing and storing seasonal baby items
  • Updating supply inventory for cleaning supplies etc.
  • Help pack/unpack as needed, cleaning terrace fabrics (as needed in summer, at start/end of season), , occasional cleaning of appliances, etc.)


The family are looking for someone experienced, cheerful and baby friendly. Happy to adapt with a vert discrete nature. 

You must reside locally and be eligible to work in Switzerland.

Salary range offered – will depend on experience but 20-30 CHF per hour.


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