About us

Signature Staff (formerly Occasional & Permanent Staff) has been successfully placing members of household staff with families based in the UK or overseas for over 35 years.

From nannies to chefs, Signature Staff acts as a matchmaker to source the candidate that is the best-fit for your household based on your requirements and their skill-set and personality.

The Signature Staff team know what our clients require from their household staff, having worked in private households as nannies, maternity nurses and housekeepers ourselves.

We are particular about who we represent both from a client and candidate perspective as we want to ensure roles are long-lasting and relationships enduring.

Meet the senior team

Tonya Illing

Head of Maternity & Temporary Nanny Desks

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Tonya Illing

Head of Maternity & Temporary Nanny Desks

Tonya leads the team dedicated to all temporary nanny and maternity nurse placements in the UK and abroad.

After leaving her family’s farm in South Africa at eighteen, Tonya spent seven years as an international nanny before joining our ranks as a receptionist in 2002. She soon made herself indispensable and is now one of the best-known names in the business, as well as the cog that keeps our office turning.Tonya is a foodie, loves going on curious tours around the city and her specialist subject is London Public Transport.

tonya@signaturestaff.com

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Sarah Hankinson

Head of Overseas Nanny & Live-In UK Nanny Desks

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Sarah Hankinson

Head of Overseas Nanny & Live-In UK Nanny Desks

Sarah leads the team responsible for all overseas and live in positions.

Sarah grew up in Cheshire, before moving to London in 2015 to continue working as a Nanny whilst completing her degree. She joined the team in 2019 and has plenty of experience as a Nanny in London, so is able to offer plenty of advice to clients and candidates! Sarah enjoys travelling and trying to convince everyone in the office we need an office pet.

sarah@signaturestaff.com

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Serena Zanchetti

Head of Household Staff & Live-Out UK Nanny Desks

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Serena Zanchetti

Head of Household Staff & Live-Out UK Nanny Desks

Serena leads the team responsible for live-out nanny and domestic staffing roles.

Serena is originally from sunny Italy where she used to teach English as a foreign language to primary and secondary school children. She moved to the UK in 2009 to become a Nanny and joined the Signature Staff team in early 2020.

Serena can speak Italian, English and Spanish fluently and is currently challenging herself in learning French, Swedish and Romanian. Coffee enthusiast and Friends fanatic, after work you can find her at a pub quiz or a dance class.

serena@signaturestaff.com

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Paula Costa

Head of Admin & Support

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Paula Costa

Head of Admin & Support

Paula Costa leads the administration and support team. She or one of her team are generally the first people you will speak to when calling in, and we are sure you will find them very enthusiastic, thoughtful, and extremely helpful.

Paula is originally from Brazil where she studied a Bachelor of Education before moving to London in 2014. After spending nearly a decade working as a nanny, Paula decided it was time for a career change and she joined Signature in 2019.

Not only is Paula a pro when it comes to recruitment and technology, but she can also advise our team about the best TV shows and series to watch.

admin@signaturestaff.com

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Jana Kocevska

Recruitment Administrator

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Jana Kocevska

Recruitment Administrator

Jana provides administrative support to the recruitment consultants. She is the newest member of our team, having previously worked in childcare for 15 years. 

Jana has an extensive experience as a Nanny and Personal Assistant, and is very passionate about her new role as a Recruitment Administrator. 

Before moving to the UK in 2004, she received a Bachelor Degree in Translation in English and French in North Macedonia, .  Jana is a bright and fun individual who is an avid cyclist, enjoys travelling and learning new languages.

jana@signaturestaff.com

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Please do get in touch with one of our Signature Staff team members to discuss your requirements. 

Work with Signature Staff

If you’re interested in working with us, send us an email at admin@signaturestaff.com, and don’t forget to send us your CV.

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