Pioneering female fighter pilot turned motivational speaker and business navigating consultant, Mandy Hickson has developed an enviable skill set in the Royal Air Force that she now translates into valuable workplace tools as a speaker. She was only the second woman to fly the Tornado GR4 on the front line, amassing over thirty years’ experience within aviation, completing three tours of duty and 45 missions over Iraq during that time.
From failure to history-defining, Mandy’s flying career was hugely influential, and her frontline experiences means her understanding of risk management, leadership and human factors is second to none. Combining these qualities with fast-paced stories from the skies, Mandy delivers a truly remarkable talk as a keynote speaker.
Mandy is a highly demanded keynote speaker across a range of business sectors, where she talks with humor and great passion to inspire those around her. She has been invited to share her insights with some of the most successful organizations across the world where she describes the strategies & behaviors that can adopted when the stakes are at their highest. She has a wealth of experience to share from working in a male dominated environment, from battling imposter syndrome to juggling life as a working mother of two young children. As a coach, mentor and facilitator she inspires others, covering the core areas of human performance factors; decision making, communication, leadership, behavior, workload, conflict, fatigue and stress management.
Since leaving the RAF, she has continued her support for the services as a Reservist, flying on the Air Experience Flight for many years, passing on her experience and enjoyment of flying to Air Cadets. She recently summited Kilimanjaro on a fundraising expedition with twenty women from all over the world.
She has launched her internationally acclaimed bestselling book, ‘An Officer, not a gentleman’, her inspirational journey to become a pioneering female fighter pilot.