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Team KiwiOz

The people behind London’s premium nanny agency.

Nanny agencies are only as good as the relationships they nurture. The only way to do that is with great people who really enjoy their job.

Talent goes beyond good instincts or qualifications on a piece of paper. We’re a passionate bunch who genuinely love what we do. Helping is what we’re all about.

If you need help finding a nanny or a family placement, please get in touch.

 
Management
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Karen Lynch

Managing Director

Karen first joined KiwiOz in 2006 and worked as a Live in Nanny for a wonderful London family before becoming a Consultant here in 2010. After a successful spell as Manager, Karen became a Partner in 2013. Her passion for providing the best service possible has been pivotal to KiwiOz’s steady growth, both in capability and reputation.

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Now a mum to the gorgeous Ashton, Karen has experience of every aspect of the Nanny/Employer journey. Always keen to improve and grow, it’s hard to imagine anyone more dedicated to the KiwiOz cause of creating as many happy families as possible.

#funfact - Karen was a World Champion Thaiboxer. Yep, you did read that right!

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Chrissy Birtwistle

Brand & Marketing Director

A natural dynamo, Chrissy joined the KiwiOz management team in January 2019.  On board to manage the KiwiOz rebrand, develop talent and oversee recruitment, she is also a master of marketing and event management. A brand maestro at heart, she brings energy, experience and vision from her days working in global agencies to help Karen take KiwiOz to the next level.

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With a tireless passion for doing every task well, she has an extraordinary ability to motivate, lead and inspire.

#Fun Fact: Chrissy loves coffee and Crossfit. So when she isn’t in the office, you’ll find her exploring new places, usually accessorised with a bulletproof coffee or black americano.

Team
 
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Miriam Schumacher

Team Leader & Senior Consultant

Our natural nanny matchmaker, Miriam is one of our longest standing team members. She works so hard for her clients and it shows. Her speciality is creating matches that result in long lasting friendships.

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Her passion for the role means she is always sought after by returning clients. Previously a Youth Advisor, Teacher and Youth Mentor, Miriam brings vast knowledge and experience of childcare and child development. She’s never happier than when she’s creating fantastic family / nanny relationships. Always calm, cool and collected, working with Miriam is an absolute joy.

#funfact – Miriam has lived in New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan but has just bought her first home here in London which is great news for us, and our families, as it means she’s here to stay.

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Teagan Adams

Senior Candidate & Placement Consultant

Teagan has a super important role here at KiwiOz. She works with all the new nanny candidates and, because of her strong eye for detail, diligence and emotional intelligence, performs wonderful matchmaking searches on behalf of our clients.

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Her former experience as a Live In Nanny, means she knows first hand what makes a successful placement and what it’s like to join a family in London. Always managing to exceed expectations, Teagan’s speciality is making happy and successful KiwiOz matches.

#funfact - Teagan was a competitive rower for 9 years in NZ and won 2 Bronze Medals at a national level.

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Jana Maguire

Placement Consultant

Originally a primary school teacher from New Zealand, Jana has a thorough and proactive approach to finding wonderful candidates for live in and daily roles. Combine that with Jana’s previous nanny experience and you can see how her deep understanding of child development and role definition attracts only the very best candidates.

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Jana always makes time to stay in touch with her placed nannies and their families, providing a sympathetic ear and ongoing support to ensure everyone is happy.

#funfact - Jana is currently training for a marathon which makes sense as she always has a spring in her step.

 
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Rachel Beattie

Placement Consultant

The most recent member of the KiwiOz team is Rachel. Originally, from New Zealand she’s has been living in the UK for 6 years and comes to the recruitment team with a brilliant pedigree in customer service.

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Bringing lots of enthusiasm for building new relationships with families and nannies, Rachel is a real people person and is absolutely committed to creating happy and successful placements.

#funfact - Rachel loves to travel as much as she can off the beaten path, her last trip was to Ukraine where she visited Chernobyl!

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Brittany Petley

Candidate Consultant

Brittany trained as a teacher and a nanny in Wellington, New Zealand. These days she calls London her home and absolutely loves the life here. When she moved to the UK, she became a KiwiOz nanny and worked for five wonderful families and looked after a total of 9 children in the past 10 years!

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So if anyone should know what qualities make an amazing nanny, it has to be our Brittany. She’s also a human encyclopaedia when it comes to fun kids activities, so if you’re stuck for ideas you know who to ask.

#funfact - Brittany travelled to 18 countries in her first year of living in the UK.

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Jordan Downey

Social Media & Events Co-ordinator

As well as being a much loved afterschool nanny, Jordan is our resident social media and events genius. Outgoing, bubbly and always fun to be around, she makes our monthly social events a blast for both nannies and children.

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As well as being an experienced nanny, Jordan also has a Law degree. But if we want to know what's hot in London, then there’s no one more in tune than our own social butterfly, Jordan.

#funfact - Jordan has set herself a very cool goal of reading 60 books per year.