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Getting set for The Retreat – 26 Experts Confirmed

Getting set for The Retreat – 26 Experts Confirmed

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Last edited May 5, 2023

Getting set for The Retreat – 26 Experts Confirmed

Our exclusive 2 day summer Retreat takes our members out of the city to picturesque and secluded surroundings, to really take the time you need to truly focus on your big picture plans and objectives, free from distraction, to put in place your strategic business goals for the next 12 months.Our exclusive 2 day summer Retreat takes our members out of the city to picturesque and secluded surroundings, to really take the time you need to truly focus on your big picture plans and objectives, free from distraction, to put in place your strategic business goals for the next 12 months.

Some Background On Our Experts:

Andrew Sillitoe

Andrew Sillitoe is a successful business psychologist, author and speaker, having worked with major brands worldwide. As well as this, Andrew has had success in sport, having played 11 world championships in Hockey which led him to be head coach for team GB. Now, he is renowned for his speaking, team coaching and leadership development. Some of the brands Andrew has worked for include the BBC, Virgin Media and Barclays.


Ben Weston

Ben Weston is the Head of Business Services at Guidant Group which is an award-winning recruitment outsourcing provider and part of Impellam. Ben specializes in the Management of expert Central Sourcing, Compliance, MI, Pre-employment screening & Supply Chain teams.


Bryan Bletso

Bryan Bletso is a partner in the corporate department at the international English Law Firm, Irwin Mitchel LLP. Specialising in providing business law advice, particularly contractual advice, acquisition law advice, business buying and selling and shareholder agreement/joint venture agreement work. Bryan is regularly named in the Legal 500 as a leading corporate Lawyer.


Charlotte Clark

As Head of Talent Development at APSCo, Charlotte Clark is experienced in people development at all levels within the recruitment industry.  APSCo aim to be the “go to” source of high quality, credible training to help individuals achieve their full potential throughout their recruitment careers.


Chris Moore

Chris Moore is President of Group Operations UK & Ireland at Adecco Group, who deliver people solutions on a local and international level, as well as Chair at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation. With an array of experience and a track record of success, Chris is passionate for delivering success through people.


Graham Palfrey-Smith

Graham Palfrey-Smith is Chairman at 6CATS International, who are experts in International Compliance & Tax Solutions. Graham is an accomplished and highly experienced strategic senior manager, operating as an adviser to companies in Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.


Hema Bakhshi

Hema Bakhshi is a strategic advisor specialising in helping people, corporates and start ups navigate the future of work. Hema focuses on helping organisations understand how changes are impacting today’s business models, re-imagining how they can best support the workforce of tomorrow.


Joe McGuire

Joe McGuire is a specialist in business intelligence as well as the Sales Director for cube19, who specialise in business intelligence and performance management solutions, specifically for recruitment companies. Joe’s vision is to help recruitment businesses make more placements and accelerate growth using easy, actionable analytics.


Johnny Campbell

Johnny Campbell is the co-founder and CEO of SocialTalent, the largest provider of online recruitment training in the world. SocialTalent aim to improve the productivity of every professional worker in the world with better knowledge, tools and data, to be better at what they do. The company’s platform is currently used in over 90 countries.


Kevin Green

Kevin Green is an experienced business leader and currently a Chairman at Good Recruitment Campaign. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Strategic Advisor to middle market businesses who are focused on technology, people or recruitment services. As well as this, Kevin is a TEDx speaker, commentator and blogger on Jobs, people-led business transformation, leadership and competing with culture.


Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith is an award-winning speaker, consultant and expert on culture and human performance, with a background of science and marketing within industrial groups. Malcolm has always believed in the power of people above systems, and that true leadership is about developing business environments that create wealth. His prime focus is on how energy is used in a transaction, whether this be a presentation, sales pitch or negotiation.

Marcus Child

Marcus Child is the co-founder at Positive Reframe and an award-winning speaker with 22 years of experience in speaking to business leaders. Marcus urges us to exploit work as an activity for self-improvement as well as commercial success and has worked in 31 countries, helping a vast range of businesses realise their goals.


Michelle Reilly

Michelle Reilly is a Specialist in Compliance & Tax Services for International Recruitment Businesses and CEO with over 20 years’ experience in developing and managing contractor workforce solutions. Forming 6CATS International with a focus on exclusively supporting the international contract recruitment industry, 6CATS won the RI Award for Best Supplier Company for Customer Service in 2018.


Sid Barnes

Sid Barnes is an award winning, people focussed leader with 20 years’ experience in professional staffing. Sid is currently advising U.S and U.K based Private Equity and Financial Institutions on the staffing industry and working as a NED, Board Advisor and Consultant.


Simon Church

Simon Church is the Founder and Principal of Church International Consulting Ltd and Board Member for The Recruitment Network. Simon is a focused sales and business leader who believes that the true measure of success in any enterprise is establishing mutually beneficial inter-dependent relationships with customers and suppliers.


Simon Michaels

Simon Michaels is Chief Financial Officer & Business Consultant at S2 Solutions and CloudSource Solutions. Simon is a qualified Chartered Accountant, who provides business and financial consultancy to a range of corporations and has held senior financial positions in both private and public companies, including Harvey Nash Group plc.


Stella Chandler

Stella Chandler is a Director at Focal Point Training and Consultancy Ltd as well as a specialist in creating inclusive workplaces. Focal Point work with organisations to shape workplace behaviour using a full range of consultancy services including facilitation, coaching and training.


Tony Goodwin

Tony Goodwin is the founder and CEO of Antal International and board member for The Recruitment Network, specialising in entrepreneurial investments. Tony’s vision is to drive and develop British enterprise, innovation, and design in developing markets on a global stage to create global brands.


Ben Renshaw

Ben Renshaw is a leadership expert, speaker, coach and author. Ben runs innovative leadership development programmes for FTSE 100 companies, coaching top leaders and building high performing executive teams, with over 20 years of experience working with renowned global brands such as Coca-Cola, Heathrow, Heinz and many more.


Michael Howard

Michael Howard is the Relationship Manager at Brookson One, a leading provider of accountancy, tax advice and support services to Freelancers, Contractors, Interims and Self-Employed professionals. Since 1995, Brookson continue to aspire to revolutionise the world of work through the use of technology, complementing great ideas and outstanding people.


Stephanie King

Stephanie King is Head of Practice at Bluesky PR, a specialist in PR and communications for the recruitment, HR and talent management sectors. Having worked for the company since 2010, Stephanie and her team concentrate on securing quality coverage in trade, broadsheet and international media as well as covering communications needs; from digital media strategies to website copy.


James Waby

James Waby is the Business Development Manager at The Access Group, who specialise in recruitment software for agencies of all sizes. The Access Group have a flagship recruitment CRM as well as Screening and Pay & Bill solutions which are fully scalable.


Ben Carter

Ben Carter is an Enterprise Solutions Consultant at Bullhorn. With over 15 years of experience in Recruitment, Ben is extremely familiar with the industry. Today, more than 8,000 companies rely on the Bullhorn platform to help increase sales, improve service delivery, and streamline operations.


Neil Pickstone

With more than 20 years’ experience in the digital industry, specifically in web development and the introduction of new technology, Neil has worked in a variety of senior roles for organisations including HMRC, Centrica and Lloyds Bank. Neil is also a founding partner of Volcanic, leading operations and projects within the business and is well respected in the recruitment industry.


Paul Janoo

Paul has worked in recruitment for over 17 years, holding positions at IT Director level for a number of global and international recruitment agencies. He has experience in strategic IT planning and implementation, having developed and driven high value, technology-enabled change through the recruitment businesses he has worked with over the years. Paul now runs his own business, Qwobo Consulting, offering a virtual IT Director service to recruiters of all sizes.


Matthew Syed

Matthew Syed is one of the world’s most influential thinkers and speakers in the field of high performance and cultural change. Matthew has worked with many major global brands and is a regular columnist and feature writer for The Times, The Guardian and The Independent, amongst others. Matthew was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade, a three times Commonwealth Champion and has represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games.


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