Matt Lindley

Matt Lindley | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Matt Lindley | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Gay RAF Fighter Pilot, Inclusivity Leadership Expert And Cultural Gamechanger
London
Embrace the power of positive culture change and inclusive leadership with Matt Lindley, speaker and inspirational leader with a compelling personal journey in the Royal Air Force.

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Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health, Stress And Performance - How To Be An Inclusive Leader
Matt links his mental wellbeing, stress, reliance to performance and productively.

He eventually moved to the Royal Squadron and met an inspirational leader who developed trust and inclusion.

As a result when the law changed he eventually came out. His leader’s exemplary inclusive style changed his life, both personally and professionally.

Matt's keynote touches on his key learnings from this time and how it has evolved his leadership style ever since.
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Matt Lindley | Speaker Biography

When Matt was a child, he aspired to become a fighter pilot. However, his dream was almost shattered due to an outdated ban on gay individuals serving in the Royal Air Force. Matt had to suppress his true identity and join an organization knowing that being open about his sexuality could lead to a potential prison sentence. Nevertheless, through his unwavering determination and self-motivation, Matt managed to overcome these challenges and fulfill his dream. His journey serves as an inspiration, highlighting the importance of personal drive and resilience.

Matt's story is that of a true leader. He served in the RAF during a time when the organization underwent a significant cultural shift, transforming from a hostile environment for gay personnel to one of acceptance and support. However, his story is not solely about coming out; instead, Matt utilizes his experiences to emphasize the advantages of fostering positive cultural change and the qualities of an inclusive leader.

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