Mandy Hickson – Keynote Speaker

Former RAF Fast-Jet Pilot

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Specialist Subjects

  • The building and empowerment of effective teams
  • Inspired goal setting and ultimate focus
  • Decision making under extreme pressure
  • Maintaining momentum despite losing top talent
  • Nurturing a culture of self-confidence and aspiration
  • Maintaining work/life balance in a demanding environment
  • Overcoming innate risk avoidance tendencies
  • A wavering of confidence and self-belief
  • Teamwork & Leadership
  • Risk Management
  • Threat & Error Management
  • Human Factors
  • Crisis Management
  • Facilitated Debriefing


  • English


Mandy Hickson has over 30 years experience within aviation. She joined the Royal Air Force in 1994 and flew the Tornado GR4 on the front line, where she operated in hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq.

Since leaving the RAF she retrained as a facilitator and coach in human performance factors. Drawing on her experience of calculated risk-taking, decision-making under pressure and the critical role of the human in the system, she transfers vivid lessons from the cockpit to other management and leadership contexts. Mandy is currently serving as an Aviation Ambassador for the Department for Transport.

Mandy Hickson is now a highly demanded keynote speaker across a range of business sectors, where she talks with humour and great passion to inspire those around her. She has been invited to share her insights with some of the most successful organisations across the world where she describes the strategies & behaviours that can be adopted when the stakes are at their highest.

Mandy Hickson has recently launched her bestselling book, ‘An Officer, not a gentleman’, her inspirational journey to become a pioneering female fighter pilot.

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