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Mandy Hickson

Mandy etched her name in history as the first woman to pilot the Tornado GR4 on the front line, navigating hostile zones such as Iraq. She transitioned from the RAF into a facilitator and coach in human factors, leveraging her experiences in calculated risk-taking and decision-making under pressure. She now imparts vivid lessons from her cockpit experiences to enrich management and leadership contexts.


About Mandy Hickson

Mandy Hickson has over 30 years experience within aviation. She joined the Royal Air Force in 1994 and was a the first woman to fly the Tornado GR4 on the front line, where she operated in hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq. Since leaving the RAF she retrained as a facilitator and coach in human factors. Drawing on her experience of calculated risk-taking, decision-making under pressure and the critical role of the human in the system, she transfers vivid lessons from the cockpit to other management and leadership contexts. Mandy has served as an Aviation Ambassador for the Department for Transport.

Mandy is now a highly demanded keynote speaker, where she talks with humour and great passion to inspire 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. She has recently launched her bestselling
book, ‘An Officer, not a gentleman’, her inspirational journey to become a pioneering female fighter pilot.

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"Mandy is a fantastic public speaker. She is both inspirational and extremely well prepared. Her ability to relate her own experience working under extreme pressure and in highly performing teams to everyday situations is most impressive. She tops it all with a wonderful sense of humour and great modesty. Listening to her talking about the many challenges that she has successfully overcome should be compulsory for most girls!"

Partner Dechert LLP

"Mandy, thanks so much for your brilliant presentation at our Partnering with Defence conference. It managed to be inspiring, informative, funny, self deprecating, and thought provoking in equal measures. A very rare feat. Our delegates were full of praise for your address, and it contributed significantly to what was a very successful day. I would recommend you to others without hesitation. Thank you!"

Korn Ferry

"Mandy provided presentations on IAEA workshop discussing human performance improvement strategies. Content and delivery of her presentations met highest expectations on excellence. The presentations were highly inspiring. She is highly professional, empathic, intellectual, with nice humour, strong communicator and motivational speaker, and still very effective. If you want to change the way people in your organization think about human performance, involving her is a guarantee of success."

ENEC Corporate Oversight

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