Mandy Hickson

Mandy Hickson

Former Fighter Pilot

Synopsis

Mandy was one of the first female pilots to serve in a front line Tornado GR4 squadron, taking an active role in the Iraq conflict. In presentations she reveals the lessons learned, and how she had to react in the most high pressure environment of all - “I slammed my throttles forward, rolled the aircraft 120 degrees and pulled 4G towards the ground. That’s four times your bodyweight. The reason: a surface to air missile had been fired and we were its target.”

Biography

Mandy Hickson was one of the first female pilots to serve in a front line Tornado GR4 squadron, playing an active role in the conflict in Iraq.

Obsessed with flying from a very young age, Mandy applied to join the RAF while at university. Despite failing the computerised tests twice, instructors passed her application and she was soon on the path to joining an elite group of fast jet pilots. After twenty years service, she now talks about the personal and strategic lessons learned with frankness and appropriately wry humour.

From motivation to decision-making, Mandy gives a vivid insight into the leadership, teamwork and communication required to define and then realise specific goals in high-pressure situations. She also highlights the value of honest and open debriefing after any project or phase; something the Royal Air Force always do, but which businesses often overlook.

In addition to conference presentations, Mandy also leads workshops designed to pinpoint how delegates react to given situations.

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Video

JLA Speakers Breakfast - October 2012

Mandy Hickson Conference Speaker

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