Diversity & Inclusion Keynote Speaker

One of the first Royal Air Force openly gay pilots

 Pilot to the Royal Family and Prime Minister


Inclusive leadership


Mental Strength


Airline and former Royal Air Force pilot Matt Lindley talks candidly about being one of the first openly gay pilots in the Armed Forces.  Listen to his journey of having a childhood dream to fly, almost crushed by a ban on gay serving personnel in the Forces.  Matt describes how he consciously suppressed his sexuality and joined an organisation knowing that being 'out' would have resulted in a possible prison sentence.  His story is one of self-motivation, determination, and drive which led to a dream being fulfilled. Matt describes how the RAF adapted its culture from one of open hostility towards gay personnel, to acceptance and support. He also speaks frankly about mental resilience and its impact on employee performance.

  But this is not just another 'coming out story', instead Matt uses his experience, to highlight the benefits of positive culture change and how to be an inclusive leader.  This good new story ultimately affects the productivity of an organisation.  He uses his human factors and psychology knowledge to link well-being, stress and ultimately performance of the indivivdual.



  • Culture / transformational change
  • Goal setting & focus
  • Decision making under pressure
  • Emotional Intelligence and empathy
  • Personal and business resilience
  • Bullying in the workplace
  • Stress management and its effect on performance
  • Mental strength and resilience
  • Inspirational senior leadership - different styles and their effectiveness
  • Teamwork

(Matt) came to speak to our colleague network group a few weeks ago and the feedback was extremely strong.... (he) focused on the importance of inclusive leadership and well-being and how these can drive performance at work. His
presentation was honest, open and compelling - I was totally absorbed
You were incredibly genuine and honest which meant I felt I was going on your journey. It helped me think about people I know personally and question how their leaders and work culture may have impacted them. I left feeling a real responsibility to ensure I looked out for any obstacles, so people to feel secure, valued and respected for being themselves.
Throughout your story, the link was made back to the business environment. Especially the impact we can have as leaders. Having belief in our colleagues was particularly pertinent to me. It showed the importance that a little faith in someone, can impact the rest of their life and therefore what they give back in the work place. It helps you get the most out of your team.
It wasn’t just a lovely talk, I got a lot from it, which I will take away and implement in my working day/home life. I will encourage my team to do the same ...