Director and Founder
Kevin Watkins served The Royal Households of the United Kingdom, helping arrange and participate in numerous incoming and outgoing State visits in the UK and overseas. Kevin travelled extensively throughout the UK during the jubilee year including the outgoing tour of Jamaica, New Zealand and Australia and was one of six selected for the Queen’s escort during the golden carriage state procession to St Pauls Cathedral from Buckingham Palace.
Following his time with The Royal Household, Kevin managed the London residence of The Dutch Royal Family and managed the residence of a prominent banking family, further building experience of estate and household management. Kevin then moved to the North of England, running a private shooting estate, arranging private flights, transfer of firearms and other aspects of day-to-day operations.
For the following ten years, Kevin worked with a high net worth American/Russian, based in Moscow, simultaneously running other properties worldwide. Kevin also ran the household staff, dealt with private yachts and planes, and arranged shooting parties in Africa and Scotland.
Leveraging over two decades of experience, Kevin founded Ardagh Development, building an enviable reputation, providing the highest levels of service to discerning clients. From liaison with architects and developers on property projects, to charity events, large dinner parties and other event management, Kevin’s background and skillset has set him aside.
After reaching the quarter finals of the BBC1 television programme MasterChef Series 10 I founded my luxury private dining company, now known as The Private Chef by Joseph Davis Ltd. I have created and catered for hundreds of bespoke dinner parties including marriage proposals, birthdays, anniversaries and hen parties. I also specialise in event planning services for larger events – covering canapé parties, fashion shows, marquees, BBQs and full wedding planning and organisation. If you have any catering requirements or need a full event organisation service – look no further!
Founder and Manager, Holland Park Staffing
Bianca Tonkin has worked in the world of private service for 20 years. She has considerable experience in a number of roles, such as Nanny, Cook and Private PA/House Manager, eventually moving on to the area of household recruitment. In 2009 she formed her own agency, Holland Park Staffing, using her extensive knowledge and skills gained from working in the field.
Bianca Tonkin works closely with her clients, ensuring the right candidates are selected, vetted and placed. Her holistic approach to household staffing aims to ensure that new hires do not upset the equilibrium within the homes of her clients.
Bianca prides herself on providing clients with a personal service, remaining closely involved in the entire staff selection and employment process and this is why she has longstanding partnerships with many of the households she has staffed.