In addition, Matt delivers talks on Diversity and Inclusive Leadership. He was one of the first gay pilots in the service. When he joined the Royal Air Force in 1995 it was against the law to be homosexual, but he had a passion for flying and desperately didn’t want his sexuality to be a barrier to fulfilling his ambition to become a Fast Jet Pilot.
Whilst In the closet, Matt shut out his inner feelings, but he fulfilled his ambition and finally qualified as a Fast Jet Pilot. Matt describes his journey and the impact on his mental health whilst hiding his true self and operating in a macho, intolerant work environment.
During this journey Matt had no one to turn to, his performance faltered, his stress levels became unmanageable and he failed his RAF ‘Top Gun’ course. 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.
Although Matt’s diversity talk has an LGBTQ+ theme, it holds relevance to wider issues of marginalisation, be it gender, working parents, or ethnic minorities.
Diversity and inclusion.
As one of the first ‘out’ RAF pilots when the ban on serving members of the Armed Forces was lifted. His talk covers life in the forces, being in a hostile environment as a closeted gay man, to be being accepted in a culture that was transformed. This delves into mental health, stress and performance, resilience and how to be an inclusive leader.
- How to be an inclusive leader?
- Resilience explained
- Stress performance and well being
- Mental strength
Human performance and error.
Lessons from the flight deck. These series of talks use the starting point that the aviation sector killed thousands of passengers in the 1980s and 90s by having out-dated leadership and cultural models. Egos, hierarchies and a lack of soft skills led to many avoidable crashes.
Matt uses these lessons and illustrates how the aviation industry has been transformed to discuss leadership, human error, performance and stress in the industry. This wide-ranging subject matter appeals to many sectors trying to move away from traditional structures and adapt to modern challenges.
- Human Error
- Just Culture
- AI / Automation Risk
- Stress & Performance
- Decision Making
- Mental Strength
NHS, Mars Petcare, Home Office, Boots, Citywire, Roche, New York Times Citywire, Co-Op Bank and Walgreens
See highlights of the Human Performance and Error talk from Matt below: