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About Us

Staff of Distinction is the UK’s leading specialist Household Staffing agency. Established in 1996 by Sarajane Ambrose, whether you need a Housekeeper to ensure the smooth running of your home or an Estate Manager to streamline your property portfolio and oversee staff, our team of dedicated experts can facilitate all of your staffing needs.

A History of Distinction

Recognising a gap in the market for an exemplary recruitment agency where both clients and candidates received an unparalleled service to secure the highest-calibre of staff for clients and the most exclusive jobs for candidates, Sarajane founded Staff of Distinction. To this day, the agency works hard to fulfil the needs of both clients and candidates by ensuring that ethical practices remain consistently at the heart of what they do. To discuss your requirements, call and speak to one of Sarajane’s dedicated consultants now on 0207 795 6255.

Our Founder

At Staff of Distiction, I work closely with my team to find the right solution for the client.  While my consultants focus on their specific division and clients, if at the point of registering a client’s position, or even during the selection and interview process the consultant feels the client’s requirements are better served by one of her colleagues’ division, by working closely together, we will always find a solution. As a team, we will always recognise that our client’s and candidates needs come first.

Since founding my companies in 1996, and having become a mother, I understand too well how difficult it can be to fit everything in. That is why my strategy has always been to delegate to the professionals! Whether it is to hire that housekeeper extraordinaire or the detail-orientated personal assistant to help with the smooth running of my family life. Throughout the years, it has often been these members of staff that have provided the backbone to a successfully run home and an efficient working life.


SJ’s Team

There are three of us holding the reigns at Staff of Distinction alongside SJ, working closely together to ensure we have only the creme de la creme of candidates retained on our Register. With more than 50+ years’ combined knowledge and experience in placing Household Staff in private households, we are specialists in our field.
From the outset, we work hard to hand-select the right candidate for our clients in order to achieve a satisfying long-term placement for both parties.


Bridgette Maguire

Having worked for Staff of Distinction for almost 10 years, I am working at the heart of the Agency and closely with the Founder.  I place domestic Couples, Butlers, Estate Managers, Chefs and Gardeners and thoroughly enjoy the diversity of my role.  My client’s requirements are paramount to my selection process, however, given my extensive knowledge and experience, I can glean which additional skills would be of benefit despite the client not necessarily listing them.  I get to know each and every one of my candidates so I am swift to know which personality and expectations will match.


Lucy Waddell

I have been working at Staff of Distinction for 4 years, having graduated from Bath University with a BA in Psychology.  I thrive on meeting my candidates in both the London and Bath offices, and honing-in on their skills and strengths in order to match them to my Country Housekeeper live-in roles. I always ensure that those candidates who are flexible regarding their location are fully on-board with my client’s locale before being introduced. I am confident when I interview an applicant that I can quickly ascertain the type of household and family the candidate will suit which ensures they will only interview with clients where they are highly suitable for the role, which in-turn avoids wasting time for both parties.


Alice Derrick

Having come from a corporate recruitment background, I was used to running a busy desk in another sector. I was quickly accepted into this niche agency and my 3 years have flown.  I work from both offices recruiting all London Housekeepers, whether live-in or live-out and all Country daily Housekeepers.  My Country Housekeepers are very specific given they will dictate the areas they wish to work in which, when when I take down the right position and area makes for a very swift placement. Do call me to discuss your vacancy or your search for a position and I will work tirelessly to fulfil your requirements.

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