“They’ve not all been to Swiss finishing school (though some have), but it does take a very, very special certain someone.”
In a fascinating Telegraph article titled, For wealthy clients, no request is too odd: the weird world of the private PA, our directors, Sophie and Sabina, were asked to provide their insight into working with high-net-worth (HNW) and ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) individuals.
The news centres around renowned designer, Thomas Heatherwick (who some have compared to both Michelangelo and the Wizard of Oz), on the hunt for a private PA. The job advert his team published has caused quite a stir on Twitter, with some onlookers commenting that it sounds more like he’s looking for a nanny!
Sophie and Sabina don’t mince words – they tell the Telegraph that the tasks listed in Heatherwick’s ad are perfectly normal for a PA who will become an integral part of the family life of the client. They highlight that, “awareness of when you must step back is critical for a family PA – as is being on the ball, knowing what’s on the agenda and being four steps ahead of your employer.”
When asked about the typical candidate for a role like this, our beloved directors explain that the kind of person they look for is “a very, very special certain someone – somebody who is incredibly patient, somebody who understands the clients’ boundaries, is friendly and approachable but knows how to read the room and melt into the background when required.”