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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£38,000 - £40,000

Busy family living in Kensington are seeking a confident, experienced and upbeat and hands on housekeeper 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 may need to supervise them. 
The family employ a morning housekeeper who works until mid-afternoon Monday to Friday.

Your duties to include but not limited to:
- Housekeeping - cleaning, laundry and ironing. Handwashing and organising for the dry cleaning
- Working with specialist surfaces (wooden floors, marble, artwork etc)
- Assisting in the kitchen to prepare simple meals for the family, and learn recipes from the principal - you must show willingness to learn
- Any other duties asked by the employer
 
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!

It is essential that the candidates have had longevity in the previous roles with fantastic checkable references. 
Hours: 12pm - 8pm Monday – Friday
Location: Kensington W8
Start date: ASAP, interviews now
Salary: Will depend on the individual experience c. £38,000 - £40,000 gross per annum.

 

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

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Up to £250 per 24 hours

Experienced maternity nurse required by first time parents who are expecting a baby girl in late November 2021. Mum is booked in for a c-section on 23rd November 2021.

They are looking for 24/5 or 24/6 schedule and would like help and support with general routine, sleeping and feeding. Mum is keen to breastfeed so support here required. Someone experienced with post C-section recovery would be ideal with a kind, supportive and understanding personality. There is a small super friendly dog in the house too.

Dates of booking: 24th Nov – 22nd December 2021

Salary: depending on individual experience but up to £250 per 24 hours

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Family of 3 are looking for an experienced professional family chef to work 5 days a week cooking healthy Mediterranean meals and snacks. You will be responsible for creating menus, ordering and ensuring the apartment is well stocked.  

When not on cooking duties the family requires the kitchen tidy and additional very light housekeeping (hoover carpet, tidy around) when the full time housekeeper is off.

 

The family travels for up to 1.5 months to Austria in the winter and for up to 2 months to Turkey in the summer. It is required for the chef to travel (as well as the rest of the team). Accommodation provided and all expenses paid for.

 

In London the accommodation is in separate staff flat, where you will have your own double en-suite bedroom, the other 2 bedrooms are occupied by the housekeeper & nanny.

 

Must be comfortable with pets - the family has one large dog.

 

Hours: Working 5 consecutive days per week, up to 11hrs with breaks.

Flexibility is the key in this role.

Salary: Salary up to 36k gross per annum

 

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

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£55,000 - £60,000

Busy family are seeking an experienced private chef to join their family on a live out basis. You will work 5 days a week to include weekends.

Your duties will include but not be limited to:

-              Preparation of daily meals

-              Planning creative, tasty and healthy menus

-              Daily and weekly grocery shopping (including trips to preferred butchers, fishmongers etc)

-              Ensuring the kitchen is kept tidy and clean at all times

-              Travelling with the family when required

 

Starting ASAP

Salary will depend on individual but up to £60,000 (neg)

 

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£42,000 - £45,000

Highly experienced  and housekeeper is sought by an UHNW client in Mayfair. You will have experience working in UHNW households and understand the level of service required to ensure the home is ran smoothly and spotlessly.

You duties will include but not be limited to:

- Full housekeeping and cleaning of a large property

- Laundry and ironing - handwashing and dry cleaning

- Cooking simple family meals when the family are in residence

- Experience working with specialist materials

- Running errands

- Greeting guests

- Liaising with workmen and contractors

 

The ideal candidate will:

- Have worked within UHNW households before

- Have longevity in previous roles (4-5 years with one employer)

- Be incredibly discrete and understand confidentiality

- Friendly nature with a good work ethic

- Team player

- Well presented

 

Hours: Monday to Friday with some flexibility (50 hours a week)

Starting: September 2021, interviews now

Salary:  £45,000 + DOE and previous roles

 

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

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£36,000 - £40,000

We’re looking for a professional live out housekeeper with solid private household experience for a residence in Chelsea.  You will be working alongside other members of staff so it is essential that you can work well as part of a professional team.  You will report to the Butler/House Manager.  The Principal is in residence roughly 70% of the time, and during the periods that they are in residence you will need to be on duty and available at all times.  There is time off given in lieu where the Principal is away.  You will have excellent housekeeping skills and be responsible for maintaining the household, as well as laundry and ironing.  You will be confident working with a high-end wardrobe.  You will have experience in caring for works of art and fine fittings and fixtures.  You will be responsible for maintaining the stock level of household cleaning supplies.  Good family style cooking skills will be appreciated, but are not essential.  The Principal is an excellent employer, and values discretion, professionalism and flexibility.

Duties will include:
•    Cleaning the Property to an immaculate standard;
•    Hoovering, polishing, dusting, doing the laundry and washing delicate garments by hand;
•    Ironing, putting the rubbish out on designated days, cleaning brass surfaces, washing and cooking;
•    Responsibility for all of the Principal’s clothes and arranging for dry cleaning and for carrying out the washing and ironing of the Principal’s clothes; packing and unpacking
•    Cleaning and/or polishing the Principal’s shoes as appropriate;
•    Changing and making beds
•    Dealing with visitors and guests;
•    Supervising contractors whilst in the Property;
•    Buying and collecting shopping, or putting away online deliveries and keeping fridge stocked;
•    Helping the Butler/Chef to serve meals as required.  Cooking skills are not essential, but would be a real asset.
•    Assisting as required in preparing for and serving at receptions, dinner parties, drinks parties and other events;
•    Working as a team with the other housekeeper (works weekends), Butler and part-time Chef

 

Days of work:     Mon-Fri, with some flexibility 

Hours of work:    08:30-17:30 with occasional variation if needed for an evening event or (maybe once a month)

To start:                   ASAP

Salary:                   up to 42K for the right person

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

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£13 - £15 per hour DOE

Start: September 2021

Location: Chelsea, SW10

Hours: Approximately 30 hours a week (ideally Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10am – 7pm). Hours can be increased/be more flexible for the right candidate.

Salary: £13-15 net per hour depending on the individual experience

 

A loyal, hard-working, and organised individual is required to look after a three-bedroom property in the heart of Chelsea (the family also have a part-time nanny). The family are looking for a professional, discreet, energetic, and proactive housekeeper cook, with a minimum of 3 years’ experience. The right candidate will have a can-do attitude and a high level of attention to detail. Common sense is essential. The role will include typical housekeeping duties such as daily cleaning of the home, deep cleaning of the kitchen and bathrooms, and keeping on top of all laundry. Preparing healthy, wholesome meals for the family will also be a significant daily aspect of the role, thus a keen interest in cooking is required. The family have two children (boys, aged 3 and 6), one of which has a few allergies; therefore, the right candidate must also be responsible, vigilant and enjoy working with children. A driver is not essential and holiday travel will rarely be required.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • General household cleaning and tidying (keeping the home well-kept, neat, and organised)
  • Daily cleaning of the kitchen and bathrooms
  • Keeping refrigerator clean and discarding out-of-date items
  • Cleaning the oven
  • Making all beds within the home
  • All hoovering and dusting
  • Cleaning the inside of windows
  • All laundry, ironing, and wardrobe management
  • Preparing healthy meals for the family (special attention to be paid to serving nutritious/organic meals)
  • Running errands and organising the home (post office, dry cleaning, food shopping)
  • Answering the door and receiving deliveries
  • Watering household plants and flower arranging
  • Packing overnight bags for weekends away and/or holidays
  • Infrequent evening babysitting (always agreed in advance)
  • Infrequently accompanying the family on holidays (always agreed in advance)

Experience/Skills/Characteristics

  • Highly organised with exceptional attention to detail
  • Flexible regarding the tasks which they are required to complete in the household
  • Relevant experience as a housekeeper cook working in a similar private environment
  • A proactive and responsible attitude
  • Discretion and loyalty
  • A strong work ethic and good time management skills
  • Strong communication skills and good command of the English language
  • Must be eligible to work in UK
  • A British passport is preferred but not essential
  • Have a current DBS check, or willing to initiate a new one
  • Non-smoker is essential
  • Checkable references

 

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

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Domestic Couple: All Rounder/ Gardener/Driver & Housekeeper/Nanny/Cook

An UNHWI family are looking for an experienced and professional couple (driver, estate houseman & housekeeper cook/nanny) to join their family team, based in Buckinghamshire SL8.

The ideal couple must be trustworthy, discreet, proactive and highly motivated. You will be quick to learn, adapt, pragmatic and show good problem-solving skills. You must be flexible with your approach and working hours, there will be days which are longer and days which are shorter depending on the families schedule.

 

Houseman/Driver role:

The role requires flexibility with the individual happy to roll up their sleeves and get involved with the team of staff as and when needed. No two days will be the same and a can-do attitude is essential! The individual will be responsible for providing and assisting in the day to day running of the household, whilst maintaining high standards and efficiency. 

 

  • Driving the family around Buckinghamshire, into and around Central London usually in a Mercedes Viano, but you will be required to shuttle the principals super cars to various storage facilities.
  • Be a qualified, skilled driver with knowledge and experience driving a number of high-performance vehicles
  • Must ensure that all vehicles are maintained and kept immaculate at all times
  • Comfortable driving, cleaning and detailing luxury cars
  • Representing the family as a first point of contact for guests, contractors and suppliers (and arranging necessary NDA’s before visits)
  • Assisting with sourcing local suppliers, contractors (local knowledge is beneficial)
  • Working closely with the family PA to ensure smooth daily running and assisting with errands in the area
  • Working as part of a team (family PA and 2 housekeepers)
  • Overseeing contractors on site
  • Working outside and with handywork/gardening
  • Running local errands for the family
  • Any other ad-hoc duties that may be required
  • Pet care (dog)

 

Housekeeper/Cook/Nanny role:

  • Working with the live out housekeeper to ensure the house is kept clean and tidy at all times
  • Family laundry and ironing
  • Daily cooking for the family, able to follow a recipe and cook simple healthy family meals
  • Household and grocery shopping
  • Childcare supervision (5 & 8 years) babysitting some evenings
  • Any other ad-hoc duties that may be required

This is a new role for the family and offers a wonderful opportunity to join a busy successful family and team.

 

Buckinghamshire
Joint Salary £60,000-£70,000

Working 5 days a week, hours to be discussed and flexible
Separate Live In Accommodation available

 

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

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£45,000 - £50,000

Fully staffed home in Mayfair are looking for an experienced laundress to join the team. You must have some needlework skills to be able to make simple repairs / sew labels in etc. 

Experience handling expensive clothing, hand washing and sending out to dry cleaners. Linen and towel management too.

You must have experience working as a dedicated laundress within a high lelvel busy home. This is a fast paced working environment so you need to be good at time management with top attention to detail.

 

Starting: ASAP

Location: Mayfair

Hours: Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm

Salary: £45,000 + for the right person

 

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

 

 

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£34,000 - £40,000

This busy family are looking for a switched on, hardworking and experienced housekeeper to work 4 days a week. Likely to be 3 in the week with 1 day at the weekend.

 This is a formal home with lots going on, the ideal candidate will have previous experience working as part of a team in a large high level household.

Along with the other housekeepers you will be responsible for all cleaning and family laundry (some things are sent out to the dry cleaners), cleaning of antiques and artwork, stone floors, brass and marble surfaces.

 

The family are looking for someone with relevant housekeeping experience, a flexible and willing nature and dedication to the role. The family also employ nannies, a chef and a PA.

 

Starting: ASAP

Hours: 4 days a week, exact schedule TBC.

Salary: £34,000 - £40,000 depending on previous experience

Uniform will be provided

 

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

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£35,000 - £42,000

This busy family are looking for a switched on, hardworking and experienced housekeeper to work 5 days a week on a rota with the other 2 housekeepers. This is a formal home with lots going on, the ideal candidate will have previous experience working as part of a team in a large high level household. 
Along with the other housekeepers you will be responsible for all cleaning and family laundry (some things are sent out to the dry cleaners), cleaning of antiques and artwork, stone floors, brass and marble surfaces. 

The family are looking for someone with relevant housekeeping experience, a flexible and willing nature and dedication to the role. The family also employ nannies, a chef and a PA.

Starting: ASAP
Hours: 5 days a week on a rota (2 days off)
Salary & Accommodation: £35,000 - £42,000 depending on previous experience
Bedroom and bathroom within the main house (From November the accommodation will be in a separate staff house down the road)
Uniform will be provided 

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

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£600 npw term time | £850 npw school 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. 
During term time you will be required to work afternoons, 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.
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.  A flexible nature with a hand son and bubbly attitude is key

You must be able to speak fluent French and English. 
 
Working Hours/Days & Salary
 
*School Term  (approx 36 weeks of the year).
  Location: London
  Salary: £600 net per week
  Monday to Friday: 3pm to 7.30pm + Monday & Thursday nights 7.30pm to 9am
  Overtime: £15 net per hour
 
* School Holidays (approx 16 weeks of the year).
  Location: Wiltshire & Abroad – Live In
  Salary: £850 net per week
 
 Ideal Candidate
. Fluent French speaker to help with the homework/ keep the language going at home.
. High energy
. Positive attitude
. Confident
. Fun/ playful
. Sporty
. Happy in city and countryside and travelling abroad
. Flexible
. Team player
. Comfortable with sole charge when needed
. Night experience
 

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