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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£30,000 - £42,000

Live in Housekeeper for family in Amsterdam

Family of 3 are seeking a switched on and proactive housekeeper to join them on a live in full time basis.

You must be child friendly as there are 2 children, aged 7 & 9 and the housekeeper will need to assist with school runs and after school activities.

The property is a large 5/6 bedroom home spread over 4 floors, in a wonderful central canal location in Amsterdam.

As the housekeeper you will be responsible for:

  • Daily cleaning, tidying and organising
  • Laundry, ironing and wardrobe management
  • Changing bed linens and towels
  • Buying groceries and other provisions for the house
  • Running errands (dry cleaner, post office etc)
  • Taking the children to and from school if Mum is unable to
  • Handle expensive artwork and vintage items correctly
  • Knowledge of the right cleaning products to use

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have previous experience working as a housekeeper within private homes or luxury yachts
  • Enjoy being part of a family environment
  • Have a helpful, hardworking and proactive work attitude

The accommodation is a self-contained studio apartment (bedroom, bathroom, living/kitchen area) within the main property’s courtyard area.

The working week will generally be 50 -55 hours a week over 5 or 5.5 days depending on the families schedule and if they are in residence or not. 

Salary: 30,000 – 42,000 euros, depending on individual experience


Leaman Consulting is an equal opportunities employer. Due to the high volume of applications received it will only be possible to contact successful applicants. Thank you for your interest.

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£35,000 - £40,000

A professional and experienced housekeeper is required for a large 4 storey, 5 bedroom house in North Kensington W10. A couple live at the property, with family members visiting 2-3 times per year. During these times there will need to be flexibility on hours, but time off in lieu will be given.

The housekeeper will be responsible for the day to day upkeep of the home, ensuring everything is cared for at all times. The housekeeper must have previous experience with great references, with a proactive, hardworking and friendly nature.

The family employ a part time cleaner who comes in once a week to do a deep clean of the property.

Duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Day to day hands on cleaning of the property
  • Care of expensive furnishings and artwork
  • Laundry and ironing and organising dry cleaning
  • Reporting any repairs that are needed in the house
  • Answering the door
  • Keeping on top of household supplies and ensuring they are kept stocked at all times
  • Occasional family cooking required – usually when the extended family are visiting
  • Running errands to the dry cleaners, post office etc

Starting: ASAP

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 hours a day. E.g. 9am – 5pm

Salary: £35,000 - £40,000 GPA, Negotiable

Location: North Kensington

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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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£42000 - £55000 per annum negotiable

Senior Housekeeper for a busy family in Notting Hill.


Family with 2 young children, are looking for a highly experienced housekeeper to join them on a live out basis. They are looking for someone who will really become part of the family and stay long term as the family's needs grow.


They live in a large 5 bedroom home in Notting Hill.

As the Housekeeper you will be responsible for

  • All high level housekeeping, cleaning, laundry, ironing, sorting clothing for hand washing and dry clean only.
  • Experience working with delicate fabrics, clothing and furnishings is key.
  • Shopping for the household and ensuring stock levels are always kept high.
  • Running occasional errands.
  • Someone who likes cooking and is able to provide simple family meals 2-3 times a week.
  • Flexibility to help in their other homes when required (UK and overseas, very occasional)
  • You must be child friendly and happy to interact with the children, this is working in a welcoming family home.


The ideal housekeeper will:

  • Have at least 5 years' experience as a housekeeper, with proven longevity within previous roles.
  • Work proactively and hit the ground running
  • Have high attention to detail
  • Enjoy making a house a welcoming and cosy home for the family
  • Outgoing and confident personality
  • Professional and discrete


Hours are Monday to Friday 50 hours a week with flexibility

Starting ASAP

Salary will reflect relevant experience - up to £55,000 negotiable


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

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£38000 - £45000 per annum

Housekeeper required in Belgravia buy a busy family of 4.

Our client living in a large 8 bedroom townhouse in Belgravia is looking for a proactive and highly experienced housekeeper to work alongside one other to ensure the house is kept in top condition at all times.

The house is over 6 floors and there is a for access to 4 of them. Together with the other housekeeper (placed by Leaman Consulting) you will work as equals in a team and be responsible for all hands on high level housekeeping, laundry and ironing for the family.

As the housekeeper you must be kind, discrete, hardworking and child and animal friendly.

Experience of working within a large London home would be helpful. The family are looking for a housekeeper who is one step ahead and able to slot into the team and family well.

Hours: Monday to Friday, possible weekend work available. 8-10 hours a day.

Location: Belgravia

Salary: £38,000 - £45,000 depending on individual experience

Must have checkable references and up to date DBS

Leaman Consulting is an equal opportunities employer. Due to the high volume of applications received it will only be possible to contact successful applicants. Thank you for your interest

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£35,000 - £40,000

HNW client is looking for a full time live out housekeeper to work 40-45 hours per week with flexibility. 

The property is a large 5 bedroom house.

As a housekeeper you must have previous experience working within private homes. You will be responsible for all high level housekeeping including laundry, ironing, dusting, tiding, running errands and any other duties asked of you.  

You will be hardworking, loyal and proactive. 

Starting ASAP

Salary up to 40K negotiable 

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£30,000 - £40,000

We are seeking an experienced private Gardener to work alongside the Groundsman and property team, to care for the private grounds at this Principal’s residences in Windsor and associated ancillary accommodation

Duties to include, but not be imited 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 ideal Gardener 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


  • Minimum 5+ years working on large private properties
  • Willingness to work flexibly
  • Clean driving licence
  • Current Basic DBS clearance, or willing to obtain a DBS certificate

Live out position, £30,000 - £40,000 gross pa DOE etc, plus pension, healthcare and dental insurance and discretionary bonus. Start ASAP.

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£40,000 - £50,000

UHNW clients in Oxfordshire are looking for a Private Chef to join them on a live out full time basis.

You will mainly be cooking for the family (both parents and 3 children), serving food and beverages throughout the day, and will also be required to cook for the household staff as required.

Duties will include cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and maintaining a clean and organised kitchen at all times. You will also be responsible for planning menus for small parties and events so experience accurately estimating quantities of food based on number of guests would therefore be useful.

Our clients are looking for someone who is passionate about food and capable of producing fresh, healthy meals. You will have a passion for healthy living, experience in catering for various dietary requirements (including food intolerances) and possess a creative flair using both luxurious menus and cooking at a more simple but healthy level. You must have high standards and be flexible in your approach as things can change at short notice. The family are very down to earth and therefore looking for someone happy to roll up their sleeves and hit the ground running.

Experience working in a private household, or for high-net-worth individuals is advantageous but not essential.  A strong work ethic is essential, along with proven longevity and loyalty to previous roles and employers.


  • Cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Overall maintenance and management of the kitchen
  • Cooking healthy, fresh meals for the family of 5
  • Menu planning for parties and events
  • Catering for all dietary requirements and food intolerances
  • Designing simple, wholesome meals, as well as luxurious, well-presented dishes on occasion
  • Serving food and beverages throughout the day
  • Cooking for household staff when required
  • Sourcing and purchasing of fresh ingredients and groceries


  • Previous experience as a Private Chef preferred, but not essential
  • Proven longevity in previous roles
  • Based within a commutable distance from Banbury
  • Experience working in UHNW homes advantageous
  • Passion for healthy cooking
  • Proactive self-starter who can work autonomously
  • DBS-checked
  • Excellent checkable references

Core working hours are 9am-6pm, working across 4/5 days per week, but flexibility is required. You will cover weekends and have 2 consecutive days off during the week but will have one weekend off per month.

You must live within a reasonable commutable distance to the OX17 area.

Salary will DOE and is negotiable

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£36,000 - £36,000

A new position for a Houseman / Handyman is available within a Private Household. The candidate would join a small team looking after exclusive residential properties in Belgravia and Knightsbridge, London.

You should be pro-active, self-motivated, reliable, and capable of providing pristine workmanship for maintaining luxury residential properties. The ideal candidate will have a flexible, discreet and helpful attitude with attention to detail and high-quality workmanship.

Technical Requirements

  • Prior, proven experience as a handyman within private homes and/or 5* luxury hotels with excellent references
  • Strong general repair skills with an eye for detail and pride in their work
  • Skills with using hardware tools and electrical equipment
  • Working or technical knowledge of how electrical, plumbing or HVAC systems work
  • Good communication and multitasking ability
  • Physical stamina and tidiness
  • Well-organized and excellent problem-solving skills

Handyman Responsibilities

  • Performing general maintenance and light repairs
  • Cleaning and maintaining outdoor areas e.g. jet washing
  • Performing routine checks on IT and AV equipment
  • Upkeep of the interior/exterior painting, filling gaps etc.
  • Maintaining basic lighting systems
  • Repairing equipment and household appliances
  • Assisting contractors, e.g. electricians, plumbers and carpenters when on site.
  • Undertaking additional duties as needed or instructed by the property manager
  • Performing emergency tasks
  • Record weekly meter readings of all services in all properties.
  • Identifying and reporting the need for major repairs
  • Weekly report to be done and issued to the property manager

Start date: ASAP

Working hours; M- F 8.00 am to 4.00 pm

Salary: £36,000 Gross per annum

Driving License essential.


Leaman Consulting is an equal opportunities employer. Due to the high volume of applications received it will only be possible to contact successful applicants. Thank you for your interest.

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