London Academy Tutors
Who are the tutors?
Belinda Hunt is the Principal and Course Director of The London Academy for Household Staff. Working closely with a team of specialist tutors, she advises on, and arranges tailor-made training in private houses for staff whose skills and professionalism need developing. She also teaches one-to-one sessions for specific skill enhancement, and runs courses for Butlers and Housekeepers which take place regularly throughout the year. Belinda travels extensively around the UK and overseas to deliver this training. A qualified teacher and cook, who has employed staff as well as having done all the jobs herself, Belinda loves inspiring her students and making a difference to all the households that she works in.
The London Academy for Household Staff has a team of experienced specialist tutors who we use according to your training need. All are expert professionals, the "crème de la crème", hand-picked for their vast knowledge and experience of working in private service, be it on country estates, in royal palaces and ambassadorial residences in the UK and overseas, on super yachts or in luxury hotels. They are also excellent teachers, offering an insight into private service with interesting facts, figures and fun!
Jane Urquhart spent over 20 years working with clients and staff in private households, having founded Greycoat Placements in 1996, and more recently Jane Urquhart Staffing Limited in 2010. She now owns and runs five beautiful holiday cottages in East Devon, and though retired from private household recruitment and training, she is always on the end of the telephone, should the need arise, to share her extensive knowledge and experience of all matters relating to private service and household management.
Press and Media Enquiries
We are very happy to answer press, media or television enquiries, and will do our best to cooperate within our strict code of conduct; our absolute priority is to maintain confidentiality between ourselves and our clients, and we will not pursue any publicity that may expose our clients or portray ourselves in anything other than a professional light.
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