About us

The Governess & Co stands for reciprocity. We are the link between happy families and satisfied support staff. We refer to neither of those terms in their traditional sense, because we know that happiness, family and support can and should only be defined according to individual standards and contexts.

It is our mission to fully understand your requirements and to deliver on them whilst respecting your privacy. Our efficient and friendly team provides a dependable and fully transparent service at competitive rates.

Our vision is to become the most reliable home staffing agency in Marbella, raising industry standards by the provision of mutually satisfying placements and a community of mutuality.

Meet the team

Get to know the personalities and experience of our dedicated, passionate and trustworthy team who make The Governess & Co one of the best nanny services in Marbella.

Timea Henter - Founder

Timea is an experienced advisory professional, with a strong track record of building successful relationships and providing consulting services in the commercial real estate sector. Throughout her corporate career, she consistently delivered valuable and impactful results for the companies she worked with and consulted for. She brings an all-rounded perspective to her work, by leveraging real-world business knowledge and academic expertise, holding a specialised MBA in human resources.

Timea founded The Governess & Co. while on her own journey as a parent, determined to deliver on the deep grasp of our clients’ needs by providing a premier service for families who wish to hire a full-time nanny or contract other types of child care. Her personal experience provides a first-hand understanding of the challenges of finding a nanny in Marbella and the need for all-rounded expert support with an understanding of the transition entailed for her and her family, in the time frame and manner in which she needed it. This is what inspired the launch of The Governess & Co, with the aim of making it the go-to agency for nannies.

Timea’s hidden talent

In addition to her people skills, Timea is also well-known for her sense of humour and is always equipped with an idiom or proverb for every occasion… in multiple languages!

Kirsty Lambert - Placement Manager

With over two decades of experience as a certified nurse and a highly skilled live-in nanny, Kirsty brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her profession as well as her role in The Governess & Co nanny agency. Her unwavering passion for childcare, coupled with her supportive personality, makes her an invaluable asset in providing exceptional placement consulting.

Kirsty’s compassionate approach and attention to detail have earned her a stellar reputation for creating a safe and supporting environment throughout her work. Her extensive medical background, combined with caring instincts, tender temperament and empathetic skills, allow her to seamlessly navigate any situation that may arise. Her background uniquely positions her to understand the intricate dynamics between families and support staff.

Kirsty’s superpower

Kirsty is often referred to as a Zen Jedi, as she can effortlessly defuse any tension and foster a sense of peace and comfort.

Vivien Szabó - Operations Manager

Vivien is a versatile professional with IT and advisory experience with a keen eye for identifying inefficiencies and implementing innovative solutions to enhance productivity and drive efficiency. Her ability to navigate challenges, make data-driven decisions and lead operational excellence has consistently delivered outstanding results.

Add to this her relentless focus of delivering customer satisfaction and achieving organisational goals, Vivien is a true asset with the ability and experience to make a significant impact on the success of the business. Her creative thinking, coupled with strategic approach, enables her to support the execution of innovative marketing initiatives that resonate with our clients and candidates, highlighting the unique selling points of The Governess & Co brand. She is a multi-faceted, collaborative individual, which makes her a valuable asset in managing cross-functional processes that drive success.

Why we love Vivien

Vivien is a reliable ringmaster, faster than a superhero on roller skates, always ready to lend an ear, share wisdom or simply provide a shoulder to lean on. That is unless she has heard the call of the great outdoors…in which case we’ll find her navigating forests and exploring nature.

Our expert collaborator

Our evaluation process for client needs and candidate capabilities, is based on objective and measurable support tools developed exclusively for The Governess & Co. by Dr. Marianna Bobvos-Bekefi, who is a Consultant psychologist, psychotherapist and coach. The interpretation yielded by these evaluation mechanisms and the implicit deliverables of the company towards our clients and candidates bear the interpretation assumed by The Governess and Co. , personalized to the delivery need. The information obtained by our unique evaluation mechanisms allows us to deliver a premium standard of service to both clients and candidates that sets The Governess and Co. apart from any other nanny services in Marbella and beyond.

Dr. Marianna Bobvos-Bekefi earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology at Lorand Eotvos University (Budapest), a post-graduate Psychotherapist Degree at Semmelweiss Medical University (Budapest) and the University of Manchester. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy.  Her psychotherapist training included, among others, analytic, cognitive, group, cognitive-analytic (CAT), client centred and existential therapy.

Dr. Bobvos-Bekifi’s teaching engagements include the University of Pecs, Medical University of Pecs, University of Debrecen. In terms of psychotherapeutic work, she held the position of Chief Clinical Psychologist at Ferenc Jahn South-Pest Hospital & Clinic, Budapest, Hungary.

In addition to her native Hungarian, she is fluent in English and French.