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The Retreat 2022

The Retreat 2022

An exclusive two-day recreational networking experience, empowering recruitment leaders to look beyond their day-to-day world.

About this event


The iconic two-day recreational experience for recruitment leaders serious about elevating themselves and their team to unprecedented levels.

Unleash Your Power!

The Retreat takes you away from the rigours daily life and allows you time to relax, refresh and refocus. Challenge your perceived limitations and learn just how amazing you can be.

Described by many as the “best event ever,” our 2018 & 2019 Retreats were huge hits. And this one will be no different.

Join 99 other recruitment leaders for a two-day recreational experience you will never forget.

  • World-class speakers
  • High performance
  • Empowered mindset
  • Supercharged leadership
  • Unrivalled networking
  • Unique collaboration
  • Mindset & wellness
  • Luxury surroundings
  • BBQ & fine dining

When you check out of The Retreat, you will be a more inspirational leader than when checked in. Guaranteed.

This is an event you DO NOT want to miss!

Event dates: 29th-30th June 2022

We strongly advise you to book as soon as you can to avoid any disappointment of missing out!If you’d like to save money on your room, book before the end of February for a discounted price!When booking your room, make sure you use our group booking code VR2 at checkout…If you would prefer to book over the telephone, please use this number: 01865 334 486

Or online via THIS LINK!



29th June

10:00 Welcome & Introductions

10:30 Pacesetting in a Superfast World, Sophie Devonshire

11:30 Leading Through Change, Jamil Qureshi

13:00 Lunch

14:30 From Locker Room to Lions Success – The Secrets to Elite Performance, Jason Robinson

15:30 Breakout Sessions

16:00 R&R

17:00 Champagne & Networking Boat Trip

19:00 BBQ Supper


30th June

08:30 Fitness Class (including juice bar!)

10:00 Welcome to Day 2

10:30 From Pro Sports to Paving The Way, Stacey Copeland

11:30 Mental Health & Stress Management, Rebecca Myers

12:30: Breakout Sessions

13:30 Lunch

15:00 You Never Lose, You Only Win or Learn, Steve Sallis

16:00 R&R

17:00 Networking Reception

18:30 Banquet Supper


World Class Speakers

Jason Robinson, OBE

Former England Rugby World Cup Winning Captain

Jason Robinson is a sporting legend who reached the summit in both Rugby League and Rugby Union. Jason played in 3 world cup finals, scoring England’s only try to help secure the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup in Sydney, Australia.

Jason’s trademark side step, devastating acceleration and ability to beat defenders, makes him one of the true greats of both codes. He was awarded the MBE for his role in the 2003 World Cup and the OBE for services to Rugby in 2008.


From Locker Room to Lions Success – The Secrets to Elite Performance

Sophie Devonshire

Experienced business leader, entrepreneur, brand specialist, keynote speaker and author.

A curious, change- accelerator and connector (ideas and people).

Having worked for inside and with a number of global organisations, Sophie loves helping organisations go further, and supporting leaders who want to grow faster. Her book on leadership in a fast-paced world, ‘Superfast: Lead at Speed’, was shortlisted for Business Book of The Year & reached No.1 on Amazon Business Book Bestsellers in Change Management.

Sophie believes that marketing and business plays a hugely positive role in the world, society and people’s lives, particularly when they’re accompanied by brave, brilliant leadership. She’s seen that the smartest leaders in business understand that building connections and sharing stories and ideas with peers can be energising and a powerful accelerator to success.

CEO of The Marketing Society.



‘Leading at speed is essential in a world of accelerating change, complexity and uncertainty. When the one thing you’re sure of is that things will change, the way we lead people has to change too.‘ Matt Brittin, President, Google EMEA

Discover how you lead in a world of speed. An superbly energising and stimulating session to help you consider your personal role in leading across challenging and changing times.

You will leave with practical ideas to apply immediately with the knowledge of tips, tools and techniques that others have used successfully to lead at speed, including:

  • A new alternative to ‘time management’ to help you get things done
  • Dealing with the speedbumps and blockers to increase velocity
  • When we need to slow down to speed up
  • The role of purpose in helping set the right direction
  • The art of ‘strategic laziness’ as a pace-setter
  • How you can personally develop your own plan to step up the pace – and to set a variable pace that is sustainable, enjoyable and effective

This session will include some thought-provocation and shared stories from elsewhere, some practical tips and tools for you to consider – and time for individual reflection and discussion.


Jamil Qureshi

TEDx speaker, Performance Coach, Entrepreneur & Author.

A dynamic and thought provoking entrepreneur, Jamil is one of today’s foremost practitioners of performance enhancing psychology and is an expert in high performing teams.

Jamil has worked with business leaders, sports stars and teams and companies of all sizes, helping teams to fulfil their potential by orchestrating change and performance programmes.

In 2006, he was appointed as the first-ever official psychologist to work with the European Ryder Cup team, a team that made history in winning by a record-equalling margin. Jamil’s influence within Premier League football and F! motor racing also marks him out as an elite performer himself.

“What a way to start a conference! Jamil is clearly a genuine expert in the area of changing mindsets in the workplace. Rarely does a speaker make such an impact, and we are already have plans to implement the Astonishment Day!” Hasbro Europe


Leading Through Change

A practical workshop exploring ways in which we can create a growth mindset in our teams and become ‘future relevant’ as leaders.

The session will supercharge you to:

  • Understand how to create a culture for performance
  • Decide upon leadership qualities for the new context
  • Leverage the practical drivers of motivation
  • Develop self-awareness as a leader

Jamil is a Retreat regular – and you will soon discover why.

“Breathtaking” Simon Lewis, Founder, MO


Stacey Copeland

TEDx Public Speaker, Radio Broadcaster, Pro Athlete, Presenter, Pave The Way charity founder.

Stacey is an ex-professional footballer turned professional boxer, announcing her boxing debut in 2011, before making history by becoming the first British women ever to win the Commonwealth Title. As an amateur she won a silver medal at the 2014 European Championships.

Stacey currently presents the Dead Good Show & Sunday Sports Show on BBC Radio Manchester, whilst also fronting the ‘Paving The Way’ series for ITV Granada Reports, receiving he ‘Emerging Talent’ award at the o2 Media awards.

Stacey delivers talks across the education system, communities and businesses, and has spoken at European Parliament and the United Nations about women in sport.


From Pro Sports to Paving The Way

  • The unlikely journey from football to boxing
  • Elite leadership
  • 10 lessons on diversity and inclusion that will change your world
  • The importance of storytelling


Steve Sallis

Author & Executive Mindset Coach, Leadership Mentor/Trainer, Keynote Speaker & Elite Development Mentor in the Professional Football, Education & Business Industry.

A former Brighton & Hove Albion footballer, Steve has appearing on Netflix Documentary ‘Sunderland ’til I Die, BBC Radio 5 Live, The High Performance Podcast and Talk Sport Radio.

Steve has worked extensively across business & elite sport, including the England U15 National Squad & AFC Wimbledon, where he currently holds the position of Head of Performance Mindset. His mindset and self-awareness book ‘Educating Football’ – written for teachers, coaches, athletes and parents – has received international press & media coverage along with global recognition.

Previously Steve was a senior lecturer of Physical Education at UEL for 3 years and shortlisted for National Teacher of the Year Award. Steve now spends most of his professional career working with elite sportspeople.


You Never Lose. You Only Win Or Learn

  • How self-awareness is the key driver to work success
  • How to become truly high performing (Character or Calibre debate)
  • Knowing how EQ beats IQ
  • Strategies to create a truly “we, not me” culture