It all started when Donna Portland, a veteran of the Superyacht Industry, got involved in crewing, training new crew and management of yachts. Learn more.

About Us

Our founder, Donna Portland, is a veteran of the Superyacht Industry and has been involved in crewing (as Purser and Chief Stewardess), training new crew, management of yachts, yacht chartering for many years. Since becoming land-based in 1999 and developing the industry in Australia, she’s been promoting and helping to develop the Superyacht industry locally.

Donna and her recruitment team have been very active in sending well-trained Australians and New Zealanders out into the industry internationally and the Superyacht Crew International agency indeed places all nationalities of crew for all yacht positions worldwide.

As a natural progression, due to the number of clients requesting “Superyacht standard” staff in their residences, private jets and corporate offices (as well as their yachts) we created this new arm of our recruitment business that offers elite private staff and flight crew to our clientele. These people know the exact standards that you require, the discretion you expect and the work ethic that you just can’t find. They contact us when they ‘retire’ from their international careers and wish to remain land-based and we find suitable positions in private service that utilises their unique skillset gained by working closely with Superyacht owners and guests.

Donna’s professional background has been in Hotel Management, Nursing, Business Administration and she has studied Psychology at Sydney University.

Donna’s crew recruitment company was nominated and became finalists at the AIMEX & Superyachts Awards in May 2014 for “Superyacht Business of the Year”.  Superyacht Crew International went on to win "Superyacht Business of the year - Service Provider" in 2015.

Donna co-won the "Superyacht Industry Champion" award in 2016 for her contribution to the professional yachting industry.

The Elite Private Staff agency is a member of the Domestic Estate Management Association (DEMA) which was created to provide a forum for Private Service Professionals and certified service vendors interested in better serving and protecting the best interests of their clients. The fundamental purpose of the association is to raise industry standards. All DEMA members choose to operate with integrity, trust, confidentiality and mutual respect as their foundational cornerstones toward service. Furthermore, we are motivated by an attitude of service that is driven by these cornerstones and professional/ personal relationships, lawful behavior, dedication, continuing education, personal development and mentorship with each other.