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Mandy Hickson, Inspirational and Motivational Speaker

Mandy Hickson is a former Royal Air Force fast jet pilot, 

As one of the first female pilots on her frontline Tornado GR4 squadron, flying multi-million pound fast jets for the Royal Air Force, Mandy Hickson has worked in a constantly challenging, yet exhilarating environment. She offers a unique insight into this elite world, supported by anecdotes about her time on the front line.

Throughout her presentations Mandy Hickson, demonstrates the importance of remaining calm under pressure and leading, quite literally, from the front, in order to get the best from herself and her team.

As a speaker Mandy Hickson puts a huge amount of energy, creativity and passion into what she does, working with clients on an individual basis means she can create an event that is truly unique and memorable. 

Mandy Hickson brings a wealth of insights from her years serving on the operational front line, where a keen sense of humour has been the key to her success and survival and uses her in depth knowledge of human factors within aviation to transfer these lessons from the cockpit to the corporate boardroom

Mandy Hickson  is keen to share her experiences with Schools,  Business and women;s group each presentation she delivers is tailored suit the needs of each client.

Key Topics

Leadership and empowerment of the team

Achieving Goals through sheer determination

Risk perception

Decision Making under pressure

Motivation and positive thinking

Mandy Hickson, Inspirational and Motivational Speaker

Mandy Hickson, Inspirational and Motivational Speaker

Mandy Hickson was the only female pilot on her Front Line Tornado Squadron, flying multimillion pound fast jets for the Royal Air Force. She has operated in hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq. Carrying the latest weaponry she and her unit were ready to drop ordnance on any target in support of operations.

Her route to the top was tumultuous in every sense – awarded a RAF flying scholarship at 17, long before she even passed her driving test, she went on to win aerobatic competitions whilst still a student. However, despite her prowess in the skies, she failed the computer based tests, taken by all potential RAF pilots. Undeterred, her self-belief and dogged determination persuaded the RAF to take her on as a test case, thereby overcoming seemingly insurmountable hurdles.

Since retiring from the RAF, Mandy Hickman has pursued her career as a trained Human Factors facilitator with the Civil Aviation Authority.

Mandy Hickson  has a perfect balance of a captivating story with a wonderful sense of humour and a sackful of humility. Her natural style immediately puts the audience at ease, helping to capture the imagination, illustrating the art of what is possible with grit, determination, planning, teamwork, creativity and hard work. 

Mandy Hickson is both inspirational and extremely well prepared, she tailors every presentation to the requirements of each audience. 

Mandy Hickson relates her experiences of working within an elite team of fast jet operators to business audiences with great clarity, outlining how the same values apply within any competitive environment. She demonstrates only too well the importance of remaining calm under pressure and leading, quite literally from the front, to get the best from herself and her team. 

Mandy Hickson uses her in depth knowledge of human factors within aviation to transfer these lessons from the cockpit to the corporate boardroom.

Key Topics

Leadership and empowerment of the team

Achieving Goals through sheer determination

Risk perception

Decision Making under pressure

Motivation and positive thinking

 

Mandy Hickson, Inspirational and Motivational Speaker

Mandy Hickson has the natural ability to engage an audience immediately with humour, ease and draw them into her fascinating story by her very presence. Mandy’s ability to tailor her story and messages to any audience makes her an ideal choice to inspire an audience.  In the many years of organising conferences, I have rarely seen such positive feedback for a speaker.

Colin Macintosh  Reading Primary Head Teachers Conference Oct 1st 2015

]You got our day off to a fantastic start and everybody was still talking about your seminar by home time. As for 'Welcome to my office'  - the film footage was the icing on the cake!   Your pre-event notes were absolutely spot-on about your energy and humour in conveying your own inspirational story and determination to succeed despite the odds. We loved the very personal way that you picked up on conversations with delegates before the session and wove these unscripted gems into your presentation, making it even more relevant and drawing us in to your world.    

'Be yourself' was such a powerful message and the concept of aiming high and not accepting limitations, least of all those imposed by others or one's subconscious, was very empowering.  I heard several delegates say over lunch, that this spoke to them, either for themselves or for their children, especially where they wanted to pursue something more unusual. Your experiences of teamwork, leadership and decision making under extreme pressure, all in a war zone, certainly made us think

Chartered Insurance Institute Oct 2015 


Mandy Hickson spoke recently at an all Wales HFMA event, taking the last slot at a full days conference. Not an ideal time to talk. The motivational presentation was excellent, absorbing, amusing and refreshing. It was measured to suit delegates and Mandy had done her homework on the audience.
Chris Tidwell, Head of CIPFA Wales

 

Mandy Hickson  was absolute brilliant, I would highly recommend Mandy for any event 
We hung on every word and still wanted more after two & half hours. I personally came out on a massive high.
Sarah Pasco, Sales & Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey

 

Mandy Hickson I just wanted to let you know that we have had many speakers in the past, some really well known like Ranulph Fiennes who have all been quite excellent.But the feedback we had from our sales team about your talk was without exception the best ever. Really well done, thank you. Your story is a great one but the way you link it to our company goals was ‘spot-on’ and made it more useful.
I would have no hesitation in recommending you as the best speaker we have employed and we’ve been doing this for 15 years!              
Simon Oakley, Marketing Director, Zimmer



Mandy Hickson 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 all!                                               

Miriam Gonzalez, Partner Dechert LLP, International Law Firm


Great work today Mandy  and a thoroughly professional and memorable presentation - highly polished and pitched perfectly.
Tom Mullarkey, Chief Executive Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

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