John Pettman, the founder of Exclusive Butler School, began his career at Buckingham Palace followed by the British Embassy in Paris.
John has experience in many prestigious households and has directed multiple properties and staff around the world for many high-profile families.
In 2012, John also established Exclusive Household Staff, which is now a recognised domestic staff agency providing staff worldwide and is acknowledges as a global market leader in the Industry.
As Group Managing Director, Matthew is responsible for the Viking Maritime Group, including Viking Crew, Maritime Skills Academy & Chiltern Maritime.
With offices in the UK, Channel Islands, USA, Europe, Asia and New Zealand, Viking Maritime engages with thousands of seafarers providing a prominent global presence for our complete crewing solutions.
Matthew joined Viking in 2001, prior to this had a seagoing career spanning 8 years working in the Hotel Department of Holland America Line and Windstar Cruises.
His early career was spent in the Guest Services department, sailing out of Dover on cross Channel ferries.
Along with all the Directors and Management at Viking, Matthew is proactive in ensuring that administrative and technological standards are progressive and in line with International Maritime Law, global employment and payroll procedures and industry training standards.
This together with in-house and Lloyds accredited Quality Assurance ensures Viking Maritime Group are constantly reviewing and improving company and client policies and procedures, to constantly and consistently provide best practice.
Lyndon is established in his field and has a long, distinguished career spanning all areas of the Butler field.
He began his career working at high-profile events in London and had the good fortune to work for the Royal Household serving esteemed guests at State Banquets in both at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
In addition to working as an Events Butler for UHNW clients and as a Royal Butler, Lyndon has a decade’s worth of experience in the corporate field at one of the most prominent global banks.
His most recent position was working for a seasoned politician, not only as a Butler, but with wider responsibility as a cook and chauffeur.
Lyndon is an incredibly enthusiastic trainer and is excellently placed to deliver world-class training. With his vast breadth of knowledge, he is a valued asset to the Luxury Yacht Interior Training team.
Mark began his career in the service industry over 25 years ago. His vocation has seen him develop from hotels to serving Royalty, as well as teaching.
Mark was the programme leader for a respected catering college that supplied Butlers to Royalty and Embassies around the world.
Having worked for many different Royal families throughout his career, Mark is now the Company Butler for Exclusive Household Staff working in the private homes of Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, Royal families and Heads of State, travelling the globe taking on various assignments.
This level of experience makes for a perfect fit as a Trainer for LYIT.
Ronja grew up in the small town of Rendsburg in northern Germany, close to two well-known yacht building shipyards and the Kiel Canal. This led to her involvement in yachting and shipyards starting in 2008, building a career in yachting and hospitality ever since.
During her career Ronja has worked, amongst other positions, as operational chief stewardess both at sea and in the shipyard, attending to a variety of high-profile guests including UK and other Royal families.
More recently Ronja worked as Butler at The Savoy Hotel. Her experience and expertise span from shipyard refits, to housekeeping, valet service, silver service and butler service to name a few.
Ronja's passion lies in providing the best service possible for guests and clients, and she has always enjoyed sharing the knowledge she gained over the years, passing on information, sharing experiences, and seeing junior crew learn and grow.
David is an experienced Travelling Butler who has spent the past 30 years working for an HNW family in Los Angeles responsible for all aspects of the family’s travel, ad-hoc and seasonal.
David is also experienced within the aviation industry, both the private and commercial sectors, and has worked overseas in Africa, the Far East, Middle East, and Europe.
The past couple of years David has been specifically working as a Butler Trainer on private yachts, Royal Palaces/Embassies, private households, as well as private aviation.
"The professionalism in which the course was designed, organised, and taught was outstanding. The LYIT Staff were excellent in their approach to meet our specific training requirements."