London Academy Tutors
Who are the tutors?
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 has been working with clients and staff in private households since 1996, when she founded Greycoat Placements, and more recently Jane Urquhart Staffing Limited in 2010.
Jane has extensive knowledge and experience of all matters relating to private service and household management, having employed staff, and having worked as a housekeeper and cook herself. Jane is a qualified teacher and was Deputy Head of Tring School. She has travelled and taught extensively in her role as Principal of The London Academy for Household Staff, working in private households, palaces, chalets, villas and yachts in the UK, Europe, the US, the Middle East and the Far East. Jane prides herself on her personal involvement with all clients and staff, offering a personal service and true empathy. Her passion for her subject is evident in her dynamic and energetic teaching.
Belinda Hunt is the Vice 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.
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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