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.
Patrick started his working life at 16 with an apprenticeship at Oxford City Council. As part of this, Patrick spent two months with every team on the parks department, whilst completing a City and Guilds level 2. In 2007 Patrick Won the National young Horticulturist of the year award from governing body APSE and was subsequently given a permanent job with the council.
In the following 7 years, Patrick worked in all aspects of Horticulture and completed many higher Horticultural qualifications to include cemetery management and health and safety qualifications. In His time at the council, Patrick completed many high profile works including redeveloping over 60 play areas and helped to run major events, from the Olympic torch concert and relay, to working with film companies on set. Patrick also was heavily involved in winning four green flag awards and Britain in bloom competitions for the City.
Patrick spent a lot of his spare time working with ROSPA to train to the highest standard of play area safety inspector before having children and deciding to stay within horticulture. In 2012, Patrick Started working with a prestigious local gardening company and assisted in securing and completing garden build and maintenance work to the highest standards and worked personally with discerning clients and garden designers. Now, Patrick works within prestigious gardens as part of the Ardagh team and looks forward to adding his unique touch to many projects.
Director, Visionworks AV
Alex Jackson worked for many years at management level within major high street electrical retailers, building up knowledge and understanding of the home technology market. Alex then founded his own business, Visionworks AV in 2006.
He personally project manages complete home automation projects for numerous high-net-worth individuals, celebrities, embassies and other luxury private home-owners.
Visionworks AV works extensively in London and the Home Counties, as well as in many large country houses elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
Alex is also a founding director of Keystone Coding, based in London, who specialise in writing software, including mobile apps for Apple iPad/iPhone, for the home automation market.
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.