World Class Performance Conference 2025

Thursday, 02 Oct, 2025

08:30am - 05:30pm

Lords Cricket Ground. London, UK

How to achieve 'the impossible'.

In partnership with

How can we achieve the ‘impossible’?

Have you ever looked at a challenge that is so huge… so daunting… it looks impossible?

Do you see your people getting stumped because the challenge before them seems impossible?


Most of the leaders I encounter will say…

“The targets are getting higher.”

“The challenges are getting tougher.”

“We’re constantly being asked to achieve more, with less.”


It is a trend that seems to be escalating!


So, we thought we’d bring together a hand-picked selection of incredible people who have all conquered seemingly impossible challenges, to share their experience, insights and wisdom.

How do we take on ‘impossible challenges’?

How do we get our own mindset in shape?

How do we engage our people?

How do we enable them to overcome extreme challenges and set-backs?


We’re going to find out!



Adam Walker, who is one the few people on Earth to swim the Oceans Seven challenge.

Martine Wright, who lost both her legs following the 7/7 bombings and went on to captain GB Volleyball team at the 2012 Paralympics.

Zara Rutherford, who became the youngest female to fly solo around the world!

John Volanthen, who achieved the impossible when he led the team that rescued 13 members of a football team from a cave in Thailand.

Mark Pollock, who is the first blind person to race to the South Pole.

Our “This Is Mental!” special guest panel, who have overcome their own mental blocks and achieved their “impossible” challenges.


Be World Class Founder, Simon Hartley.

and many more!


Our New Hybrid Format

You have have a choice!

Either join us in the room, or from the comfort of your own office via Livestream



The Day *

08.30  Registration, coffee & networking
09.00  How to make the most of an incredible opportunity with Simon Hartley
09.15  From soft drinks sales executive to Oceans Seven with Adam Walker
10.15  Coffee
10.45  From 7/7 to London 2012 with Martine Wright
11.45  This Is Mental! – How to conquer our own mental blocks with a special guest panel.
12.30  Lunch
13.30  Flying Zolo with Zara Rutherford
14.30  Leading a team to achieve the impossible with John Volanthen
15.30  Coffee
15.45  Why ‘impossible’ is a ridiculous word with Mark Pollock
16.45  Forget impossible with Simon Hartley
17.00  Close



“In the Room”

To join us in the room…

Tickets are just £500.00 (+VAT)   

The EARLY BIRD is just £350.00 (+VAT)    


“Individual Livestream”

To join us from the comfort of your own home, or office…

Livestream Tickets are just £150.00 (+VAT)    


To book your tickets…

For more information, simply email 


With thanks to our sponsors




The Speakers

Adam Walker

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Martine Wright

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Zara Rutherford

Zara Rutherford is a World-record-breaking pilot, women empowerment and equality activist.

In 2022, Zara Rutherford circumnavigated the globe in a small aircraft and became the youngest woman to fly solo around the world. Her journey lasted 4 months and 26 days.

Zara was born into a family of aviators and was lucky to have great role models in her parents and grandparents. She wants to build on this heritage and with her flight Zara aims to encourage young women to pursue their dreams and reduce the gender gap in aviation as well as in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Talking about her journey, Zara has said: “Only 5% of commercial pilots and 15% of computer scientists are women. With my flight I want to show young women that they can be bold, ambitious and make their dreams come true”.

John Volanthen

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Mark Pollock

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This Is Mental! Special Guests




Simon Hartley, MSc. - Founder of Be World Class

Simon Hartley is a globally respected sport psychology consultant and performance coach. For almost 30 years, Simon has worked with gold medallists, world record holders, world champions, top five world-ranked professional athletes, Olympians and championship winning teams.

Since 2011, Simon has published eight books, including How To Herd Cats; Leading A Team of Independent Thinkers and Stronger Together; How Great Teams Work.

During the last 20 years, Simon has also applied the principles of sport psychology to business, education, healthcare, the military and the charity sector. This has included projects with some of the world’s leading corporations and foremost executives. He is also an international professional speaker, delivering keynotes throughout the world.

For more information on Simon, please visit