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Philippa Smith – Founder & Managing Director

How it all began

Silver Swan Recruitment was launched in 2013 by Philippa Smith. When she started managing HR for a leading luxury ski tour operator, she realised exactly how challenging it was to attract and retain 5* hospitality professionals to work in luxury chalets. At the time, there was no apparent specialised agency in the market, which is why she launched Silver Swan to provide this much-needed support.

Silver Swan soon expanded when chalet owners started requesting help with staffing their villas during the summer seasons. It wasn’t long before requests extended to permanent residences, yachts, and jets worldwide.

We pride ourselves on the personal relationships we build with our clients and candidates alike. This is why we felt our offices in London were simply too isolated for global outreach – which is why we opened branches in Dubai and in the Miami, USA.

Find Staff

Formal recruitment with a modern twist

We are a specialised domestic staffing agency with a modern twist. While there are still plenty of homes requiring the white-gloved formal butler service, there are many more that are looking for a more dynamic and passionate level of service.

We’re on the hunt for enthusiastic, highly-trained domestic staff that have worked around the globe. It is this wealth of experience that can elevate the way a home is run, by bringing new ideas and fantastic work ethics.

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Our Purpose

We’re here to help clients effortlessly hire domestic professionals for their residences. We offer passionate domestic professionals who have more interesting backgrounds than just the traditional formal private household, and handle the entire process related to selecting the perfect candidate.

We’re also here to offer candidates unique experiences working for high-profile clients in beautiful locations worldwide. We offer the connections and support needed to further their careers in this industry.

Meet The Team

Constantly Innovating

Amidst the typically outdated recruitment industry, we are constantly innovating to stay ahead of the game. We not only launched the Silver Swan Search, which enables candidates to easily view and apply to all our roles, but now also require video presentations for clients to assess applicants more effectively.

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Our Values


Passion is at the heart of our company.


We are committed to outstanding work and continuous innovation.


Our dynamism ensures we can swiftly provide globally experienced domestic professionals.

Long-lasting Relationships

We are ready to build a long-lasting relationship with you, whether you are a client, a candidate, or a teammate.


We create an environment where employees can think big, have fun, and excel.

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