Leadership Intensive Retreat

We are pleased to announce that our residential programmes are now starting again.


Out next retreat will be 16th - 18th November 2022




Our Leadership Intensive Retreats offer you the opportunity to refresh your leadership skills, connect with other great leaders and get abreast of the latest leadership thinking.


"Nothing replaces time spent working with other leaders and a skilled coach on real issues"


If this resonates for you, then you are in the right place and my Leadership Intensive Retreat is for you.


On this fantastic three day event you will work with me and your group of fellow leaders to master your leadership challenges this year.  We will focus on that rare resource for leaders, time to think, space for personal development, opportunities to recharge your energy and do your strategic thinking with the help of myself and your leadership group.


We create groups with a range of different perspectives, so you can get the benefit of new insights and cross fertilisation of knowledge and ideas.  


During this three day intensive we enable you to create:


  • Inspirational and aspirational goals for yourself and your teams;
  • Strategies to beat overwhelm and actually achieve your big targets;
  • A plan to maximise your focus even in the most complex and high pressure situations;
  • Ways to deal with your self sabotaging patterns;
  • A sense of self renewal, increased confidence, energy and self belief;




With my help and that of your group you will develop your own plan, exactly tailored to your strategic goals and that of your team to enable you to achieve the results you want in the next 6 months and beyond.  You will also have time to recharge in a peaceful location and pay attention to yourself.


Here is what previous delegates have to say....

2015/2016 Programmes

"Attending the Leadership Intensive Retreat has been an amazing experience!  Lois very quickly created a safe environment, in which I felf I was able to take the time to focus and reflect on my leadership skills and capabilities. The group was small (4 of us, along with Lois) and the warmth and trust Lois promoted, meant that I felt I could really challenge myself.  I've come away with a deeper understanding of my own strengths and have a much clearer idea of the areas I'm going to focus on developing.  I also have a hugh thank you to the other participants, for their thoughts, challenge and contribution which truly made the course"


Sian Taylor, PhD, Project Manager, The University of Manchester

"Having already had the benefit of 1 : 1 coaching with Lois I was uncertain how much more the 3 day Leadership Intensive Retreat would offer however I need not have been concerned, it was an amazing 3 days!  The beautiful back drop of Grange-over-Sands and the luxury of the hotel provided the perfect setting to unwind, leave the office behind and truly reflect on my own leadership skills whilst addressing issues that were holding me back and identifying ways to overcome the barriers to personal success.  The group is deliberately small and Lois has a unique skill of drawing out contributions from everyone, becoming part of the group whilst maintaining her facilitation role with perfectly paced sessions that allow discussion time, reflection and sharing of knowledge.


Unlike leadership courses I have been on before I came back and used the information and my action plan immediately and indeed still do find myself back in that room reminding myself of what we discussed and continue to reap the benefits.  I highly recommend the retreat to anyone in a leadership role, you won't regret the time out, it's 3 days very well spent"


Sue Wood : Operations and Projects Manager, Greater Manchester CLAHRC

“I have been working with Lois for the last two years in order to develop my leadership skills through 1:1 coaching sessions.  We have talked several times about me participating in the Leadership Intensive residential but I had dismissed the idea, having been on several before that left me ambivalent at best and cringing at worst - the idea of role play left me feeling quite cold…… However, over the last few months, I did start to see the value in attending; in particular to have the opportunity to work with other leaders from different organisational backgrounds would be extremely valuable.  So, I decided to 'bite the bullet' and sign up, and I am so glad that I did.  The group was small (three other people plus Lois) which felt comfortable for sharing ideas and discussing challenges.  Lois, as usual asked some probing questions that really helped us to fully explore our ideas and learn more about how we operate as leaders. This was extremely useful.  The venue also provided an ideal backdrop to develop our thoughts and to reflect without the day to day pressures of working life - peaceful surroundings, great accommodation and limited mobile phone signal!  At the end of the residential, I left energised with a real sense of purpose and a blueprint as to how I would move my leadership skills to the next level.  I would wholeheartedly recommend the residential, I have learnt a lot and worked with some great people.  Oh, and in case you’re wondering, there wasn’t any role play over the three days, so that was an added bonus!” 

Lloyd Gregory PhD, Associate Research Director, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), MAHSC Research Office 


"Three days out of the office maybe considered a luxury, and we were certainly pampered and extremely well fed in a luxury hotel.  However time spent on reflection, discussion and analysing our own personal priorities and goals within a supportive group setting was certainly time well spent.  Lois always kept us to task but at the same time made the whole event enjoyable.  I certainly left feeling reinvigorated; with greater sense of clarity for the immediate future and a personal action plan to keep me on track - not forgetting the thought that if you didn't follow it through Lois would be on your case!"


Mark Dorrington, Keeper of Manuscripts & Special Collections, University of Nottingham