Justin Hughes

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Former Red Arrows Pilot

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A former RAF fighter pilot and Deputy Team Leader of the Red Arrows, Justin gives an extraordinary insight into the behaviours, processes and leadership issues which make for a world class team. With breathtaking cockpit footage, he shows how to reproduce performance year after year, in spite of manifold risks and a constantly changing team.


For six years Justin flew an RAF Tornado F3, taking part in numerous deployments including United Nations peacekeeping operations. He was awarded the Wilkinson Sword for Outstanding Leadership and became a Commander, qualified to lead any scale of mission in any theatre.

Justin was then selected for the Red Arrows. He served a full three year term and performed at over 250 displays around the world, rising to Deputy Team Leader and Executive Officer.

Since leaving the RAF Justin has developed a successful training programme based on the fighter pilot’s mission cycle. The purpose is to identify the transferable skills which help pilots turn strategy into reality, and close the gap between expectation and performance.

Justin’s keynote presentations focus on leadership, teamwork, accountability and commitment. Drawing clear parallels with the commercial world, Justin outlines the planning behind air missions, the purpose of debriefing and the need for continuous improvement. With remarkable Red Arrows film, he also demonstrates the critical importance of clear communication.

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