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About Celia Harmston

Celia Harmston

Private Household Consultant

Celia runs the Private Household desk for Leaman Consulting. 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,  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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£35,000 - £36,500

An experienced housekeeper is sought to work in a newly finished property. The family of 4 (including twins B/G aged 10) with 2 friendly Labradors have recently moved into the home and are seeking a live out (local) housekeeper to work alongside the current full time housekeeper. Between you, you will cover all aspects of cleaning, laundry, ironing, home organisation and general upkeep of the home.

There is a full time House Manager who supervises the maintenance contractors, orders household supplies and coordinates between the staff and family.

You must be a team player and happy to work as part of a close knit hands on team. You will be discreet and work conscientiously in all you do.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Accustomed to dealing with bespoke surfaces and materials
  • Comfortable to follow extensive cleaning protocols
  • Able to tackle high volumes of laundry, day to day family pieces as well as designer items
  • Switched on and capable to stay sensitive to the needs of the family
  • Professional in an informal setting
  • Enjoy working in a team
  • Happy to be flexible and take on adhoc tasks
  • A dog lover! Happy to walk and wash the dogs
  • Good understanding on a technological household

You must:

  • Be a confident driver with your own car within a reasonable commutable distance to the location of Englefield Green TW20
  • Be a non-smoker

Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm with flexibility if the family are entertaining

Location: Englefield Green, Egham in Surrey TW20

Salary: Will reflect experience but c. £35,000 gross per annum

 

The family lead an informal lifestyle however they expect a good standard of care of the household and surroundings. This is a wonderful opportunity to join a really lovely family and house set up and someone who would like a real work / life balance.

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£30,000 - £40,000

We are looking for a fantastic live-in Housekeeper to work within a beautifully refurbished house. 
The Principal and his Family have recently moved to Hampshire to be closer to the grandchildren, and the Family are looking for a live-in housekeeper to join the team. You will work alongside a House Manager and another live-out Housekeeper.  This is a long-term position to a respectful, successful and low-key Family, with strong values. 


Location: Hampshire (Postcode: RG26)
Start Date: ASAP


Property – This is the main home for the Principal, his wife, and his elderly parents. From time to time 
there will also be visiting family members. 


-  7 bedroom main house with an adjoining annex for grandparents, and a residential stable block
-  17 Acres of grounds, which include landscaped gardens, a tennis court, a barn media room as well as garages 


Characteristics 
-  Must have at least 5 years’ experience working in a similar role
-  Enthusiasm and commitment to get the job done well
-  A kind individual, with experience working with elderly people preferred, experience caring or any relevant qualifications 
-  Knowledge of dispensing medications 
-  High attention to detail
-  Ability to work collaboratively and harmoniously as part of a team
-  Being one step ahead, and pre-empting the Family’s requirements 
-  Outgoing and confident personality
-  Discreet and professional at all times 
-  Must be able to drive
-  Must speak English


Housekeeper - Household Responsibilities
-  To have a very high standard of cleaning:
-  Clean and maintain the interior of the main house and annex buildings 
-  Experience with dealing with laundry and delicate fabrics, hand washing as would be doing all household laundry
-  Ensure the linen, curtains, blinds and fabrics are kept clean and laundered
-  Sensitive to the requirements of elderly grandparents as assistance and care are required
-  Driving them to medical appointments 
-  Able to assist in the kitchen when required, cooking/food prep at least once a week including serving, and setting the table 
-  Responsible for the daily upkeep of the house
-  Running errands when required
-  To work alongside the House Manager and the other live-out Housekeeper to ensure consistently 
smooth running of the house 


Hours
-  To work a five-day week (25-32 hrs per week) with at least one weekend per month including a Sunday night
-  Days will be given in lieu for any weekend work 
-  Flexibility is key 


Other  
-  Living Accommodation:
•  Brand new en-suite bedroom in the annex, this is adjoined to the main house.
•  Shared living room/staff break out area
•  The successful applicants will have their references checked and undergo preemployment screening
-  28 days paid holiday days (including bank holidays)
-  Salary: in line with experience

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£40K - £45K (DOE)

Professional and dynamic childfriendly housekeeper is required to join a busy family in Kensington. The family have 2 school aged boys who are pretty self-sufficient, but during school holidays and when travelling you will be asked to care and interact with them more.

 

The role is a busy hands on position which requires someone fast thinking who enjoys an upbeat house.

You will be responsible for housekeeping, laundry, errand running, organise grocery shops and liaising with any contractors and builders. Happy to cook fresh and healthy meals for the family as well.

 

The family employ a morning housekeeper who helps with the busy school rush so they would ask you start at 10am until 8pm, during the school holidays and travelling you will be asked to work longer shifts, starting at 7am so it is all hands on deck!

 

You must be a confident driver with a clean licence.

 

The family have a very friendly French Bulldog, so you must like dogs!

 

You will be happy to travel with the family, this is 6-7 weeks over the summer months mainly spent at their summer home in Greece.

 

The family are looking for longevity, someone who has stayed with previously employers for several years, with fantastic checkable references.

 

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.

 

Salary will depend on the individual experience c. £40,000 - £45,000 gross per annum.

 

 

*Please note we cannot guarantee a response to all applications*

 

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Salary will depend on experience

Daily cooking for the family (2 adults and 2 children (school age)) 5 days a week. You will need to have good experience cooking various diets, dairy/gluten free diets, daily baking (2 x breads one regular one dairy free and healthy snacks every second day, cakes muffins tarts cookies etc) You will need to be incredibly creative and food must be well presented.

 

Travel required to USA and other up to 3 x per year during main school holidays.

 

You will need to be a complete professional and able to hit the ground running. Someone unflappable who doesn’t need their hand held and who can take any negative criticism with a pinch of salt. This is a very fast paced environment where you need to be on the ball at all times.

 

Hours Week & weekend  7am – finish could be 7.30pm could be 9.30pm depending on the families schedule and your personal organisation.

Salary flexible and DOE.

Starting ASAP with interviews and trials immediately 

The family will look to trial before making a permanent offer.

 

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

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£15 - £15

A London based family which includes, two adults and two children (aged 8 months old and 3 years old) are seeking a live-out laundress housekeeper on a 2 day  per week basis.

This is a relaxed family household seeking a friendly yet highly professional and experienced laundress who can take care of the families wardrobes and linen (with the support of another part time cleaner 3 days a week).

 

Property

Four-bedroom home with 5 bathrooms over 3 floors

 

Characteristics

-              Must have previous experience working in a similar role

-              Enthusiastic and committed to getting the job done well

-              High attention to detail and willing to go the extra mile

-              Ability to stay self-motivated

-              Outgoing, cheerful, proactive and confident

-              Must be child friendly

-              Must be fluent in English

 

Household Responsibilities

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

-              Experience with dealing with laundry, delicate fabrics, hand washing, ironing de bobbling cashmere and so on!

-              To be happy to help the other part time housekeeper with any responsible for the daily upkeep of the house

 

Hours

-              2 days a week (flexible when) 8-9 hours a day

 

Other

 

-              Salary: £15ph

-              Start date: Flexible

-              Location: Clapham Old Town SW4

 

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

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£15 per her

High profile but low key family of 3 living in East London, Clapton E5 are looking for a professional housekeeper to join on a part time basis (20 hours a week).

The property is a large 3 floor, 5 bed home – modern interior and an eclectic mix of décor.  You will have worked as a housekeeper before and have good attention to detail when it comes to hands on cleaning and laundry management. Also able to liaise with any contractors and principal with repairs and other issues in the house.

 

Starting: ASAP

Hours: Mon / Tues / Thur / Fri 10am – 3pm (Wednesday off)

Salary: £15ph

 

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

 

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£37,000 - £39,000

A wonderful & busy international couple and their 3 teenage children (ages 15 – 18 years) are seeking a professional housekeeper to manage all aspects of their apartment within in central Mayfair. It is a stunning development refurbished to a very high spec.

 

The family are in the UK around 120 days a year and when they are in the here full flexibility will be required from the housekeeper. There is one other full time housekeeper/cook (who we placed), a driver and a PA - so you will work alongside each other as a team. The family are in informal however the apartments are kept to an extremely high standard at all times and your attention to detail must be top on.

 

You should be happy travel (mainly to USA) with them if needed – this is planned very far in advance and is unlikely to be longer than 7-10 days.

 

All usual housekeeper duties will be required. It would be helpful if you have worked previously as a housekeeper in Hong Kong.

 

Days & Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday - Friday when not in residence, flexible when they are here.

Starting: Feb/Mar 2020

Salary: will depend on experience c. £37,000 - £38,000 gpa

It is a live out role, but there may be times you will be asked to stay over / live in when they are in London – accommodation will be provided for you in a seperate apartment in the same building.  

 

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

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£40,000 - £45,000

A family of 4 in a property in Mayfair are seeking an experienced laundress / housekeeper to work with them on a full time live out basis. (Please note the families main home in Regents Park is undergoing refurbishment, so they will be in Mayfair for around 2 years while this is being completed).

 

The first part of your working morning will be assisting the morning housekeeper with the breakfast set up and finishing off any prep for the children’s lunches. The rest of the day you will be dealing with the families laundry and insure things are kept in their correct areas. You will be responsible for the dry cleaners and arranging for picking up and the collection of any items, to also insure any clothing sent out is full documented.

You will be a good team player and ideally worked in a semi-formal household before.

You will be happy to travel with the family when required, this could be up to 5 weeks a year usually during school breaks in April, June/July & December.

 

Hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm

Starting: ASAP

Salary: will reflect experience £40,000 +
 

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

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£33,000 - £35,000

We are looking for a fantastic Housekeeper to work within a beautifully refurbished house Hampshire, not far from Basingstoke.

 

The Principal and his Family have recently moved to Hampshire to be closer to the grandchildren, and the Family are looking for a professional and experienced housekeeper to join the team.

 

You will work alongside a House Manager and another live-out Housekeeper (Who we placed).

 

This is a long-term position to a respectful, successful and low-key Family, with strong values.

 

Property – This is the main home for the Principal, his wife, and his elderly parents. From time to time there will also be visiting family members.

  • 7 bedroom main house with an adjoining annex for grandparents, and a residential stable block
  • 17 Acres of grounds, which include landscaped gardens, a tennis court, a barn media room as well as garages

Characteristics

  • Must have at least 5 years’ experience working in a similar role
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to get the job done well
  • A kind individual, with experience working with elderly people preferred – carer qualifications not required
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively and harmoniously as part of a team
  • Being one step ahead, and pre-empting the Family’s requirements
  • Outgoing and confident personality
  • Discreet and professional at all times
  • Must be able to drive
  • Must speak English

Housekeeper - Household Responsibilities

To have a very high standard of cleaning:

  • Clean and maintain the interior of the main house and annex buildings
  • Experience with dealing with laundry and delicate fabrics, hand washing as would be doing all household laundry
  • Ensure the linen, curtains, blinds and fabrics are kept clean and laundered
  • Sensitive to the requirements of elderly grandparents as very occasional assistance may be required
  • Able to assist in the kitchen when required, cooking/food prep at least once a week including serving, and setting the table
  • Responsible for the daily upkeep of the house
  • Running errands when required
  • To work alongside the House Manager and the other live-out Housekeeper to ensure consistently smooth running of the house

Hours

  • To work a five-day week (25-32 hrs per week) with at least one weekend per month including a Sunday night
  • Days will be given in lieu for any weekend work
  • Flexibility is key
  • 28 days paid holiday days (including bank holidays)
  • Overnight Accommodation:
    • Brand new en-suite bedroom in the annex, this is adjoined to the main house.
    • Shared living room/staff break out area
    • The successful applicants will have their references checked and undergo pre-employment screening

Please note due to the volume of application we cannot guarantee a response to everyone.

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£31,000 - £33,000

This fully staffed but low key household is seeking an experienced and highly skilled Housekeeper, with very good laundry, ironing and wardrobe skills. This position is live out and you will work 45-50 hours a week over 5 days per week (some weekends).

 

You will work as part of a team of 4 ensuring all housekeeping and laundry are delivered to a high standard at all times. There are other staff employed in the home so you need to be a good team player. 

 

You must have a solid work history working in a similar role with good references. Experience working as a dedicated laundress wardrobe focussed housekeeper role desired.

 

Starting: ASAP

Location: West London

Hours: 45-50 hours a week over 5 days per week, one weekend per month.

Salary: up to £33,000 gross per year

 

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

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£37,000 - £37

Busy family of 5 (4 adults, 1 child) living in Chelsea are seeking an extremely experienced housekeeper to join them on a live out basis.

The house is a large traditional 7 bedroom chelsea townhouse over 4 floors. The interior is very traditional with lots of expensive artwork, antique furniture, silverware etc. So experience dealing with the care of silverware and handling artwork is key. You will be responsible for all high level housekeeping and laundry for the family. There is also a nanny and a gardener/maintenance man employed.

The family also have 2 small dogs so you must be dog friendly.

 

You will have proven experience working within private households with great references and a up to date DBS (or willing to do one).

 

Hours: Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4pm with some flexibility to help with dinner parties etc if required.  

Starting: ASAP – the family are looking for an immediate start

Salary: Depending on experience £14 net per hour

 

*please note we cannot guarantee response to all applications* 

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£50,000 - £60,000

Professional family of 5 are looking for a dynamic travelling couple to support them on a full time basis. The family split their time between the UK, Spain and the USA – so you must be happy to work in all locations. Your accommodation will be provided as a self-contained apartment close by at each place.

Between you both you must be confident with all household duties including:

  • Good knowledge of housekeeping and laundry
  • Cooking to a good family standard on a daily basis
  • Packing and unpacking for trips
  • Liaising with office staff in all locations, as well as dealing with contractors, builders, gardeners and so on
  • Dealing with household and personal inventories
  • PA duties – preempting the families movements and requirements ahead of trips 
  • You must both be confident drivers with clean licences in order to run errands but also on occasion drive the principal.

The family also employ a travelling nanny and a full time housekeeper in who is based at the UK home. The family have 3 young children, so you need to be child friendly and happy to step in to help the nanny if asked. Relevant previous experience taking care of families up to every detail, capable to teach other members of the staff.

You will be incredibly organised, switched on an enjoy a busy fast paced role. Flexible and adaptable nature is key.

 

Hours: 48-50 hours per week, over 5 days, 2 days off.

Start date: ASAP

Salary: up to £30,000 per person

 

*please note we cannot guarantee a response to all applications*

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