'In my capacity as Chief Executive I have now organised three conferences at Cumberland Lodge over the last four years. Two of these have been small Board retreats and one an international meeting with over 60 delegates from around the world.

'All three gatherings have been a great success and I have no doubt whatsoever that Cumberland Lodge with its unique atmosphere, superb staff and first class facilities played a vital role in ensuring that success. Cumberland Lodge however is much more than a professional team and excellent facilities because it has a very special and almost undefinable atmosphere which seems to encourage discussion and provoke thought in a way that very few ordinary conference venues are able to do.

'In short, I can think of nowhere that I would rather spend a few days trying to make sense of the challenges that face all of us in these complex and difficult times.'

Luke Rittner, Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Dance (2016)