Former RAF Fighter Pilot and
Expert in Strategic Leadership
Mandy Hickson has over 30 years experience within aviation. Joining the Royal Air Force in 1994, Mandy flew the infamous Tornado GR4 on the front line, where she operated in hostile
environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq.
Since leaving the RAF, Mandy Hickson 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, Mandy 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 in demand keynote speaker and MC across a range of business sectors. Blending humour with great passion, Mandy effortlessly inspires 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.
Additionally, in 2020, Mandy launched her bestselling book, ‘An Officer, not a gentleman’, detailing her inspirational journey to become a pioneering female fighter pilot.