About Celia Harmston

Celia Harmston

Private Household Consultant

Celia runs the Private Household 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,  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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£60,000 - £60,000

Household Couple - Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire (Live-In)

This lovely family are looking for an experienced Household couple to live in and support them and their

family in every aspect. There will be separate living accommodation attached to the house (Double bed, bathroom, kitchen) which is rent free and bill free. The hours are 7am - 7pm x 6 days with minimum 6 weeks paid holiday - maybe more when the couple travel again. Both individuals within the couple will have to drive for this role.

The household consist of husband/wife and two resident children (8 & 6) with 2 visiting teenage boys (13 & 15) alternate week-ends and shared holidays.

The household is very busy so you will need bags of energy and experience to look after this 6 bedroom 4 bathroom house and grounds. Covering household cleaning, polishing and dusting, washing/ironing/sorting out dry cleaning. Preparing lunch & dinner (not every day) the family eat healthy meals and not complicated in preparation. Ordering food deliveries, occasional errands and driving the children when needed.

The role also will include looking after the grounds/gardening and any general maintenance/repairs to the house and grounds. Walking two small dogs, washing cars, errands, picking up items and general driving for the family when needed

A positive and helpful couple with a flexible and hands on attitude is essential for this role. The family are lovely, relaxed and easy to work with and would welcome a dedicated and experience couple to support them. The role is to start asap and zoom interviews will be the first stage. 5 years+ experience essential.

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£40,000 - £45,000
Live Out  Housekeeper for VIP Household in West London, Holland Park.
You will work with one other housekeeper in this large newly refurbished property. The house is 6 bed over 5 floors. Top spec throughout with antiques and artwork. All housekeeping, laundry and ironing and handling of some expensive clothing and items. The family want a housekeeper who is excellat at cleaning and high levels on hygiene. You must have extremely high standards of cleanliness and organisation with great attention to detail. You will be a quick and efficient worker with experience working in UHNW/VIP Households.
This is a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children. There is a small household team employed (nanny, chef, driver, House manager and PAs) so you must be a good team player with a muck in attitude.
Starting: ASAP
Location: Holland Park
Salary: TBC, depends on experience.
Hours: Working  in a shift pattern with the other housekeeper, Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm or 12/1pm - 9pm (Usually one week 8-5, the next week 12-9)
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£40k-£45k doe

Family of 3 living in Marylebone are seeking an experienced and professional Housekeeper/Cook. Your main focus will be on cooking, but you should also be happy to do housekeeping duties and generally look after the household.  Arriving at lunch time to cook a light healthy lunch and then concentrating on any housekeeping and ironing during the afternoon. You will also be responsible for sourcing the food, shopping and running errands. Daily cleaning, making the beds, ironing, and looking after the household.

The family would like someone who is confident with cooking and following recipes, and is not afraid to experiment with cooking dishes they may have not cooked before! Cooking duties will be lunch and dinner every day during the week. You should be confident in preparing meals and following recipes, particularly healthy Mediterranean food, fish, chicken, and pasta dishes. You should also be happy to walk the dogs in the evening (two small Pomeranians!)  

The house is a large 7 bedroom townhouse over 4 floors in Marylebone.

This is a live out role working Monday to Friday 12pm – 9pm with agreed overtime as and when.

Starting ASAP

Salary £40K-£45K depending on experience

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

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£60,000 - £70,000

Leaman Consulting is looking for a professional and proactive Nanny for a rota position caring for two children in Central London. The family would like the nanny to Bi-lingual Spanish speaking, the children already speak Spanish.

You will work on rotation with another Nanny to care for two children (aged 2-4 years old). Early years experience is key. Rota will be one week on, one week off.

Duties will include:
- Co-ordinating weekly schedules for the children
- Preparing nutritious meals, snacks & drinks and clearing up afterwards
- All nursery duties including tidying their bedroom & toys, changing and making beds, sterilising items etc
- Arranging entertainment and playdates for the children
- Proxy parenting and babysitting as required
- Occasional other duties as required

You must have previous rota nanny experience and have a teaching/tutor background.

All meals and accommodation when on duty will be included within the package. Candidate to return home on weeks off. 

A charismatic, highly professional and reliable nanny with excellent recent nanny references and all round childcare experience is required.

Role is to start August 2020 earliest
Salary starting £60,000 gross per year.

*Due to high volume of applications, we are only able to get back to shortlisted applicants who we feel meet the above criteria*

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£41,000 - £46,000

A professional family of 4 living in Kensington, close to Holland Park and Notting Hill, are looking for a top notch housekeeper. The property itself is over 5 floors and you will be required to deliver a very high standard of cleaning, laundry and ironing. The family employ a nanny to care for their 2 children (3 and 5 years old) so you must be child friendly and happy to work in a family environment. They also employ a chef. The family are looking for someone who is proactive and able to work well alone and keep up with a busy household and the family’s needs.


Liaising with the family’s PA or property management company with regards to repairs and issues that may arise in the house. You will have worked as a private housekeeper for families previously and/or high end luxury hotels and have great checkable references.


Hours: Monday – Friday 7.30am – 7.30pm 50 hours a week, there may be some travel in the summer (1-2 weeks maximum)

Starting: ASAP

Salary: £600 - £650 net per week (DOE)

Accommodation: Own bedroom & bathroom separate entrance

* Please note this role has now been filled, but if you are looking for something similar, please send your CV over*

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£35,000 - £37,000

Busy family living in Central London are seeking an experienced housekeeper cook to work 5.5 days a week to include Saturday & Sundays. 

You will share the tasks with one other housekeeper - general cleaning & laundry, plus you will be a good family cook. 

Starting ASAP

Salary £35,000 - £37,000 DOE

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£45,000 + 25 hols

Position: Permanent - Live-Out Nanny

Working Week: Monday to Friday 08:30 - 18:30 (8.30 – 12pm will be out of the house, see details below)

Holiday: 25 days + public holidays

Salary: Dependent on experience (HNW or high profile essential)

Essential: Clean British Driving License (providing them use of a car whilst at work)


This lovely family of 3 are seeking a professional and proactive Nanny to care for their little boy of 3 years old. He is in nursery each morning until midday, during this time, you will  be asked to prepare his meals at your home and bring to the house for a midday start – so a passion for cooking is key!


From 12pm – 6.30pm you will be planning fun and interesting activities with this, play dates, outings to the zoom museums, parks, and so on.


Your duties will include but not be limited to:


  • You must be a confident driver with a clean license and happy to run child related errands which might include shopping, birthday gifts, whatever may be required from the family (Liaising with both parents PAs)
  • Looking after the child’s needs, welfare, development and health and safety, including assisting with bedtime, bathing the child, brush teeth etc.
  • Organise child’s laundry and anything pertaining to the child including ordering clothing, toys, books, equipment etc. Keeping the children’s playroom, as well as any other rooms in the house including the bedrooms and bathroom tidy every day and clean up after eating.
  • Maintaining the child’s social calendar – adding everything to the child’s diary, school dates, play dates, doctors’ appointments etc. and ensure both PAs also have this information added to the parent’s diaries.
  • Dropping and collecting the child from school when necessary (usually the parents will do this)
  • Ensuring that the child’s clothes are kept in good repair and fit the child and regular combing through the wardrobes.
  • Prepare and manage child’s clothing daily for school (packing items needed), during and after travel abroad. Please ensure the correct items are washed and ironed for the correct time.
  • Open to domestic and international travel to travel with the child when needed as well as occasional overnights if / when needed at the family home.


The ideal candidate will be fun, energetic, calm with a happy disposition. It is essential that you have relevant VIP/High Profile Nanny experience with checkable references.


Must have:

  • Cleaning driving licence
  • Clear Enhanced DBS (or willing to do one)
  • Up to date First Aid


Location: South London

Salary: £45,000 neg DOE

Starting: ASAP


Please note we cannot guarantee a response to every application



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Will depend on exp.

A busy VIP family based in West London are seeking a professional, friendly and hardworking private chef to join them on a permanent full time basis.

The family all have differing schedules so you must enjoy a busy household. They enjoy healthy food,  so an awareness of nutrition is helpful. Healthy snacks always on hand – muffins, protein balls etc.

Usually 8.30/9am start working a full day – but there needs to be flexibility, if you are cooking for guests late, then you will  come in later the next morning and so on.

They don’t have a working chef kitchen yet, so it is use of the families main kitchen – however in hopefully 4-5 months they will be able to create a working kitchen in the basement for the chef.

Starting in ASAP

Salary will DOE


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

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£30,000 - £35,000

2 professional and experienced housekeepers with carer experience is required on a live out basis for a family of 3 in Highgate London. All usual housekeeping, cleaning, laundry and ironing required, plus you maybe asked to run some errands and organise the online grocery order.

You will need to have a patient, calm demeanour and happy to help the lady of the house with her husbands needs if required. He is in a wheelchair and has reduced mobility in his left arm – so mainly needs assistance with taking his jacket on and off and so on.

The family have a 4 year old daughter who is in school full time, they also employ a driver.

The role is about 80% housekeeping, 20% carer /  adhoc tasks.


Starting ASAP

Salary £35,000

Location Highgate N6


1 housekeeper to work Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm

1 housekeeper to work Monday to Friday 1pm – 8pm


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

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£40,000 - £45,000

Busy family are seeking a professional, safe and discrete driver to work Monday – Friday 40-45 hours a week.

Aside from planning safe driving routes for all members of the family (children too) you will have a proactive switched on helpful nature and be happy to help around the house when required – liaising with other members of staff, greeting tradespeople, grocery runs and so on. You must be experienced working with families and children in previous roles as a driver. The family are looking for someone flexible, upbeat and professional.


Your organisational skills will be top notch so you are aware of the families differing schedules and adapt to any last minute changes.


Working for a really lovely family, who look after their employees who stay with them for years!


Starting: October

Location: Central London

Salary: £40,000 - £45,000 DOE


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

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£15 net per hour

Family of 4 are seeking a native German Speaking Nanny to work 25 hours a week, either in the mornings from 7am - 12pm/1pm or the afternoons starting 12pm - 5pm. The family are flexible, but would like to know in advance what schedule the nanny would be working week to week..


This is a sole and shared care role, Mum does work from home but is out of the house for meetings. There is also a full time housekeeper employed who has been with the family for years.


There are 2 boys, aged 2 and 5months old, so you must have experience both with babies and young children - and able to assist with the various milestones and developmental stages. The 2 year old is in nursery 5 mornings a week.


The family are looking for a professional, loyal and discrete nanny who can encourage the children's learning day to day through play and other activities, as well as teaching them the German language. The children do not speak any German yet, but the father is native German.


Starting ASAP

Salary: £15 net per hour

Location Marylebone W1

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£27,000 - £31,000

Large busy private household are seeking a proactive and experienced cleaner to join their small team. You will work alongside 2 housekeepers. The property is newly refurbished 6 bedrooms over 5 floors.


Your cleaning skills will be top notch with god eye for details - ensuring no item is left unturned! All usual cleaning tasks required.


You will be a quick and efficient worker with experience working in luxury hotels or private homes.


This is a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children. There is a small household team employed (nanny, chef, driver, House manager and PAs) so you must be a good team player with a muck in attitude.


Starting: ASAP

Location: Holland Park

Salary: DOE C. £27,000 - £31,000 gross per year


*Please note we can only respond to those who suit the above specifications*


Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 6/7pm

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