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About Us

Irving Scott was started by a mother and son team.

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Our Story

We noticed that domestic staffing agencies were not providing the bespoke service and attention to detail that was needed. We decided to set up Irving Scott as a boutique domestic staffing agency more responsive to clients’ needs. Irving Scott is “…as good at psychology as it is staff” (Sunday Times): we do this by carefully and skilfully matching candidates to your needs, always putting forward only the best candidates.

Paloma Irving

Paloma Irving

Managing Director & Private Staff Consultant

Uniquely qualified in the domain of domestic staffing, Paloma Irving has progressed from her beginnings in the Savoy Group, and a Knightsbridge-based staffing company, to startup-company Kids Fun Ideas, a Madrid-based initiative centred on bringing English to children through innovative and playful means. This fostered her keen interest in assisting motivated families partner with the right professionals for their unique arrangement. After selling the business, which had catered to members of the Spanish Royal Family, she returned to London. In the past 10 years, she has pooled her knowledge from growing up in a privately staffed home to assisting busy families, to create Irving Scott, which continues to expand and epitomise excellence within the sphere of domestic staffing. Paloma is also fluent in French and Spanish. paloma@irvingscott.com

Adam Irving

Adam Irving

Co-founder

Having benefitted from Paloma’s tutelage and expertise, Adam is a dedicated private staffing specialist. His ambition, and the company’s, is to help London’s best and brightest families access any staff they require. He is also fluent in English and Spanish. Adam’s role at Irving Scott encompasses business development, marketing and collaborative work. He is now focusing on the development of an exciting new bespoke service called Listique, which is a “luxury directory” for High and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals and their staff in London. It is their go-to directory of the very best that London has to offer them. Listique lists only the very best businesses, specialists, artisans and professionals in the luxury space in London. adam@irvingscott.com

We have close relationships with our candidates and principals.

This allows us to form a well-rounded understanding of candidates’ suitability beyond their specific professional skills. We believe that matching candidates to principals on personality and working style is crucial to the success of placements in private residences. We believe in quality over quantity, which is why you won’t receive dozens of options from us whenever you ask us to fill a position. We aim to put forward no more than three candidates in the first instance. Candidates put forward will be those who have truly impressed us, whom we believe to be the best fit for your home. Saving precious time is one of many benefits clients can enjoy when working with our agency: we believe that sifting through a stack of irrelevant CVs should not have to be on your to-do list.

We make sure that our candidates have the necessary experience within similar households and luxury hotels to thrive within your sacred spaces and make your life easier. All candidates are thoroughly background checked so that our clients can be confident that new additions to their household are trustworthy and reliable. We take client confidentiality extremely seriously, which is why both we, and our candidates, are happy to sign non-disclosure agreements where necessary. We have a number of high-calibre candidates on our books, whom we find through active headhunting and a variety of other sources: exclusive networking events; long-established, trusted partners; referrals through other brilliant candidates we have successfully placed. This means we can provide you with candidates who tick all the boxes within a very short space of time. We suggest you take a look at our testimonials and press coverage.

Interested in joining our team?

Interested in joining our team?

“To me, Irving Scott means trustworthiness. A core principle so hard to find. They spent quite a bit of time with me getting to know my personality outside of my CV.”

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Interested in joining our team?

“To me, Irving Scott means trustworthiness. A core principle so hard to find. They spent quite a bit of time with me getting to know my personality outside of my CV.”