Emile Qadri


A little about Emile...

Emile joined the Urban Retreat group of companies in 2008, and became Managing Director and Principal of the school in 2015. Having worked in the beauty industry for over 9 years, Emile not only understands the salon business but the industry as a whole. Previously Emile worked within finance for the retail sector on brands including Monsoon and Thomas Pink.

What do you like the most about working at the school and for Urban Retreat at Harrods?

The best part of the job for me is finding outstanding therapists and recruiting them for the salon at Harrods. It's nice to watch students flourish after their education at the school, and progress at Urban Retreat which has a very close connection to the school.

What do you think makes a great therapist?

The path to becoming a great therapist starts with education, and that is why we are very particular about the Lecturers that we recruit. One of the things that makes us unique as a school is that we have a fully functional commercial salon on the ground and basement floors where students gain hands-on experience. We believe that this experience provides the students with the best possible start after education.

What do you love to do in your spare time?

I worked in New York for 2 years, and my passion was to run through central park and partake in marathons. I stopped not long after moving back to London, however, I have recently taken it up again after a long break.