Do you know what it takes to be successful working on Yachts, Private Jets, Palaces, Private Households and Chalets? Join Philippa and guests discussing all things private staffing, a bi-weekly podcast aimed to educate and inspire.
From cheffing for celebrities to working for royalty or becoming a private swimming tutor - this podcast dives into the compelling world of private staffing, with entrancing experiences and fascinating career opportunities.
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Season 3 | Episode 10: Andy Butterworth on his 20+ year career working in the luxury ski industry
Today, Philippa talks to Andy who is one of the founders and MD of Kaluma Travel, a luxury ski tour operator and long-time friend of Silver Swan. We go right back to how Andy first started working in the mountains and where his career has taken him over the decades. The ski industry has certainly had its highs and lows – living in St. Anton all year round is certainly a lot of fun and being able to raise a family whilst skiing as often as you want is amazing. However, navigating a large ski company through a pandemic and Brexit simultaneously has been incredibly challenging to say the least.
But both Andy and the highly reputable Kaluma Travel are still here though, going strong once again and able to share their stories….of which there are many!
Season 3 | Episode 9: Samantha Watson on a career on superyachts and transitioning to global estate management
Today, Philippa speaks to Samantha, an estate manager for an UHNW based in London responsible for managing a number of homes worldwide. Her story is an inspiring one for all yachties looking to move from yachting into a land-based position as this is exactly what she has managed to do very successfully. We discussed the struggle yachties experience when domestic staffing agencies don’t recognise their experience or deem it suitable for the private sector….all agencies except Silver Swan that is! Perseverance paid off for Samantha though as she has secured a challenging but rewarding role and she explains how she managed this.
Tune in for insights into both the yachting and private household industry.
Season 3 | Episode 8: Shawn Pratt on cooking for the rich, famous and royalty over his 20yr career
Today, Philippa speaks to Shawn, a highly experienced celebrity chef. Having worked for some of the biggest actors in Hollywood he spent a chunk of his career working for numerous royals in the middle east - which we always love to talk about as encouraging people to explore a career in the middle east is something Silver Swan truly believes in. The experiences to be gained are incredible for those brave enough to take that plunge!
Shawn’s stories are amazing but it’s his passion and love for the industry which is just infectious.
Season 3 | Episode 7: Natalie Hudson on her journey from Butler to Estate Manager and the launch of Private Service Alliance
Today Philippa is speaking with Natalie to delve into her experience working in the private sector. Her journey started by working as a nanny before she decided to gain professional training at The Butler Academy in the Netherlands. She explains how this highly intensive course shaped her entire career since, especially when she furthered her training by studying Luxury Lifestyle Management at degree level. Her career progressed through to Estate Management level, giving her all the knowledge and contacts required for her to set up Private Service Alliance 2 years ago.
Private Service Alliance offers membership to individuals and organisations related to the private sector. Designed to support the industry to develop professional relationships, establish industry standards, grow industry knowledge and promote best practices.
It’s free for all private service professionals to join during 2022 so sign up now!
Season 3 | Episode 6: English Minter on life as an Interior Designer within the private sector
Our conversation with English was a fascinating insight into the world of interior design. From her gruelling journey of study required to gain the necessary qualifications to work as a designer in America to how she transitioned from corporate offices into private residences. We discuss some of her favourite projects, some of the major challenges working with UHNW clients and what a process looks like from client enquiry to delivery.
As Philippa admits she knows nothing about interior design, this was a really interesting chat… 1 episode didn’t feel enough!
Season 3 | Episode 5: Emma Macdonald on providing luxury lifestyle and elite property management services
Today we had the pleasure of talking to Emma, who after a long and successful career in real estate, moved into the private sector. She is the estate manager looking after 2 luxury holiday lets in Dorset and alongside this, she runs a luxury lifestyle management service though her agency called Whisper Us where she offers PA support, house management and concierge to a handful of clients across London, Dorset and Southbanks.
With a solid reputation among UHNW clients, she has also won awards for her services within the sector and so her story is definitely an inspiring one!
A great listen!
Some really interesting insights into the Private Sector! You can hear from staff who have experienced it all with UHNW clients and what it takes to make it in this fascinating industry.
I love listening to Philippa's podcasts, they’re so insightful and interesting.
It’s great to hear relevant content!
A real insight!
A great listen for anyone tempted by the industry! Very interesting to learn about people’s diverse careers, their difficulties and bizarre situations they’ve been placed in.
Easy listening, and amusing!