Mandy Hickson was the only female pilot on her Front Line Tornado Squadron for the Royal Air Force.
She has operated from some of the world’s most hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq. In charge of the latest weaponry, she and her unit were ready to drop ordnance on any target in support of operations.Mandy was awarded an RAF flying scholarship at 17, but initially failed the computer-based tests taken by all potential RAF pilots. Undeterred, her self-belief and determination persuaded the RAF to take her on as a test case, thereby overcoming seemingly insurmountable hurdles.
Mandy now shares her experiences of working within an elite team of fast jet operators, to audiences with great clarity and humour, outlining how the same values apply within any environment.
She demonstrates only too well 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.Since leaving the RAF, Mandy has served as a school governor on the board of trustees at the Victory Services Club, London and is an ambassador for sport for Hampshire County Council.You can check out some of Mandy’s incredible work in the video at the bottom of this page – and if you would like to book Mandy for your event as a keynote or motivational speaker, then contact Jane or Steve on 01753 439 289
Challenging times require an exceptional corporate response. So how do you motivate and inspire your staff to demonstrate outstanding leadership and teamwork under pressure; to stride confidently towards purposeful goals and maintain focus despite great risks? These critical success factors are clearly demonstrated by Mandy Hickson’s unique experiences of flying in a Front Line Tornado Squadron within hostile environments. Mandy is supporting an increasing number of organisations as a keynote or motivational speaker.
Tailored to be relevant to your organisation, her main themes are;
• The building and empowerment of effective teams
• Inspired goal setting and ultimate focus
• Decision-making under extreme pressure
• Maintaining momentum despite losing top talent
• Nurturing a culture of self-confidence and aspiration
Women In Business:
Without a doubt most women face some tough challenges in their working lives:
• Maintaining that essential work/life balance in a demanding environment
• Overcoming innate risk avoidance tendencies
• A wavering of confidence and self-belief
• Amazingly, still having to break through the glass ceiling.
If you would like to inspire women in your organisation or membership, Mandy will work with you to create a unique and memorable event that may just help them write their own success stories.
Mandy recognises the challenges that face Head Teachers and their staff. Increasing administrative pressure and the speed of change are just two of the factors that impact on schools ability to achieve their main aims; nurturing pupil’s hopes and aspirations, and inspiring them to the realisation of their dreams and ambitions. As a School Governor and mother of two young boys, Mandy understands the nature of these challenges and Hickson delivers a number of services to suit the needs of schools.
RBS / STANDARD CHARTERED / ARQIVA / BAE SYSTEMS / BALFOUR BEATTY / SCOTIABANK / STANDARD LIFE THE TIMES / INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY / TAYLOR WIMPEY / BG GROUP PLC / WOMEN’S INSTITUTE SKODA / CHEAM SCHOOL / JP MORGAN / PFIZER / ROYAL LONDON / OLD MUTUAL ST SWITHUN’S / METLIFE / MOTT MACDONALD / RGS FOUNDATION / SURBITON HIGH SCHOOL