Mandy Hickson

Master the art of decision-making under extreme conditions with Mandy Hickson, former RAF Fast-Jet Pilot and performance coach.
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Mandy Hickson | Speaker Biography

First Female Pilot to Command a Front Line Tornado Squadron
Renowned Human Performance Coach and Cultural Change Expert
Founder of Inspiring Women for Work Organisation

A former fighter pilot, Mandy Hickson defied stereotypes to excel in the Royal Air Force. From a young age, she dreamed of flying a jet and pursued it with unwavering determination. Despite facing significant challenges, her exceptional skills and resilience led her to command a Front Line Tornado Squadron, a role traditionally dominated by men. Mandy now applies her experience as a human performance coach, focusing on cultural change and debriefing, and is ready to invigorate any team. Her remarkable story began when she dreamed of being a fast jet pilot at 13. 

This dream led her to lead a male-dominated Front Line Tornado Squadron on operations. However, her journey was far from easy, as she encountered seemingly insurmountable setbacks and immense pressures in a highly demanding environment. Mandy shares her strategies and approaches to overcoming these challenges, delivering her message with high energy and humour that engages her audience. 

In addition to her expertise as a fighter pilot, Mandy is also a trained Human Factors Facilitator, making her an expert on human interactions. This gives her a detailed understanding of the role of human beings in complex systems. She applies this expertise and her personal experiences of calculating risk and making decisions under pressure to businesses. 

Recently, Mandy founded Inspiring Women for Work, an organization that hosts tailor-made events designed to help women realize their full potential and regain the confidence to return to work. Mandy's talks have several outcomes, including building and empowering effective teams, inspiring goal setting and ultimate focus, decision-making under extreme pressure, maintaining momentum despite losing top talent, and nurturing a culture of self-confidence and aspiration. 

Why Should You Book Mandy Hickson?

As a speaker, Mandy offers your team insights into overcoming adversity, mastering decision-making under pressure, and fostering a culture of confidence and aspiration. Her unique blend of humour, real-world experience, and expertise in human dynamics will empower and invigorate your team, driving them towards excellence.

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