By Royal Appointment

The Team

Our instructors have been carefully chosen by The International Butler Academy for their field experience as well as their ability to teach. Every instructor has a minimum of 10 years’ experience in his or her chosen field of work and must undergo the training program at The International Butler Academy, and of course graduate successfully before he or she is allowed to teach. All instructors have been in private service for many years and/or held positions in esteemed households or corporations. This combination of comprehensive knowledge and considerable experience, coupled with a deep pride of and affection for a singular and respected profession ensures that all students will benefit from such devotion to duty. We are the only school with a comprehensively written syllabus that provides a framework and standard for all of our instructors to follow. Information on Guest Instructors is here. Our core instructors include, but are not limited to;

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Thomas Kaufmann

Instructor - CEO - profile

Thomas Kaufmann is a trained private butler with over ten years of experience in private service and many years of experience in training butlers and hospitality service staff. In the last eight years, Mr. Kaufmann has been training hotels, real estate companies, and restaurants in China and throughout South East Asia. After establishing The International Butler Academy in China, in 2014, Mr. Kaufmann accepted the position as CEO at The International Butler Academy in the Netherlands per August 1st, 2020.

 

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Anoesjka Imambaks

Instructor - profile

She is highly experienced when it comes to housekeeping and cleaning. Anoesjka has been placing private household staff at the highest level for more than ten years. 

 At the International Butler Academy, she is responsible for teaching cleaning techniques, the use of (eco-) cleaning products, cleaning tools, cleaning schedules, and safe and healthy work methods. These are some of the essential parts of managing large households.

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Paul Huizinga

Instructor - Recruitment Director - profile

After a long career in international banking, Mr. Huizinga followed his dream by becoming a professional butler. At The International Butler Academy, Mr. Huizinga is responsible for recruitment, and he is responsible for the Academy's International Internship programs for its students. He finds it very satisfying to assist TIBA graduates securing a rewarding position. Mr. Huizinga works closely together with the graduates once they are finished at TIBA. Mr. Huizinga also teaches house & household management.

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Adam Edward Shimko

Head Butler

Adam Shimko is a trained private butler with 5 years’ experience in a country club and hospitality service. His passion to provide world-class service led him to TIBA in 2019 where, after graduating, he returned as Head Butler to cultivate and expand his skillset. Adam has over 20 years of experience on stage as performer and vocalist and uses this experience to aid students with their confidence and guide them to develop their “servant’s heart”. 

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Shahad Al Jabery

Office Manager

Shahad Al Jabery is a Hospitality Professional who is managing the Office Operations at The International Butler Academy.

She has been working over 10 years in the Hospitality industry, and recently moved from Amsterdam to the South of Limburg.

A highly astute and responsible individual, who has the aptitude to succeed in extremely competitive environments,
whilst consistently striving to achieve meritorious standards of work. 

Ms. Al Jabery is looking much forward to welcome our new students on board at TIBA.

 

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Ines Stichert

Intern

After a career in the Airline industry, Ms. Stichert finally discovered her passion for the private service industry.

During her 10 week butler training in the fall of 2020, Ms. Stichert showed great passion, commitment and enthusiasm. After successfully graduating on November 20th, Ms. Stichert was offered an internship at the Academy.
Here, Ms. Stichert will be honing her skills further and supporting staff and incoming students with her service and gentle personality.

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Open letter from our trainers - "The Modern Butler in the Changing World"

“It is a commonplace saying that “the world is changing”. Indeed, it is changing very fast. In the past, before telephones and automobiles and computers, when time was slow and gracious, and life was lived with elegance and style, the butler was the glue that held the world of the wealthy and powerful together. Today, the modern butler is still that glue, but there is a difference. Instead of horses and carriages, there are cars of increasing luxury and speed. Instead of handwritten letters, there is email, Facebook, and Twitter. Instead of squadrons of specialized servants to run a house, there are computer systems to coordinate the light, the heating, and the sound systems. Instead of a home being a retreat from the busy world, media hunger and invasive spying have made privacy, safety, and security increasingly problematic for the wealthy and powerful.

New materials, new designs, new products have changed the way we care for the fabric of our lives in the twenty-first century. Brick and wood, plaster and stone have given way to concrete, exotic woods, and space-age plastics. Heightened awareness of our fragile planet and the environment have made us question how we look at our lives. The training at The International Butler Academy is actively engaged in the process of preparing butlers for these changing challenges of the modern world. We, the trainers at the Academy, work continuously to find the balance between the fine traditions of the past and the modern revolution of technical innovations. Equally important, the Academy takes care to ensure that its graduates have the right attitude to approach all the developing trends so that the modern butler can continue to balance her or his superb service with rapidly changing technologies. It is vital that the modern butler is able to consider carefully what to change and what to keep, in order to adapt. At The International Butler Academy, technology and change are never held captive by tradition.

The training at The International Butler Academy is innovative in all areas. The teaching processes and topics are adjusted, as demand and feedback from clients from around the world show what is necessary in order to be on the cutting edge of preparations. So, while professional email is a “given”, other media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, are also important aspects of communication for the modern butler. Worldwide travel, computers, and high-speed internet make the world faster and “smaller”, but often less gracious. Houses are now run by computers instead of fleets of specialized servants. Security and safety are increasing issues for the wealthy and powerful. Media hunger makes privacy problematic. We continue to develop ways of raising both the awareness of these issues and their possible solutions in our curriculum. Graduates and the Academy continue to maintain professional mutual contact. Our staff is available for advice, suggestions, support, and friendship. We welcome suggestions from graduates “in the field” to help us maintain our first class, cutting edge curriculum, as we prepare future butlers for the modern world.”

By Royal Appointment