Meet Melissa Richardson, UK consultant

Wednesday, 10.10.2018 at 11:16AM

Melissa joined the Nannies Incorporated family in 2018, and is taking on the role of principle UK consultant. She works to place maternity nurses, nannies, housekeepers and nanny/housekeepers in the best households in London, across the UK and Germany (as she is fluent in German!).

...on how she got here

Since leaving Queen Mary, University of London in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and History, I’ve travelled the world working as a nanny/governess for private families in Moscow, Austria and Germany (to name but a few!). I’ve worked as both a live in and daily nanny and with children of all ages.

After finishing my last position in London, I wanted my next role to combine my career as a nanny with the skills I learnt studying for my joint honours degree. What better way to that than to work as a recruitment consultant for a successful nanny agency with over 29 years’ experience in the industry!

...on her favourite part of the job

I really enjoy helping families find their perfect maternity nurse, nanny, or housekeeper. It’s a joy to match the right candidate with their dream job too!

I think my experience having worked as a nanny for families across the world has also really helped in this process, as I understand on a deep level the practicalities of the roles.

...on childhood books

I love to read and have lots of favourite children’s books. 

One that stands out particularly is a trilogy by Philip Pullman called ‘His Dark Materials’. All three of his books are a joy to read and the protagonist, Lyra, is such a strong, inspiring female character.

...on London hidden gems

When I was a nanny, I loved taking my young charge to The Play Spot in Finsbury Park. It’s a bit off the beaten track but it’s a wonderful, and completely toddler-friendly, indoor play area where nannies and mums can let their young ones explore the play equipment without worrying about anything being beyond their motor skill level. Plus the staff are lovely and give every child a sticker or a balloon when they leave!

...on wanderlust

In terms of travel, I would love to see the cherry blossom trees and experience Hanami in Japan. I have always wanted to walk part of the Great Wall of China too!