School Keynote Speaker - Diversity, Resilience, Mental Strength

One of the first Royal Air Force openly gay pilots

 Pilot to the Royal Family and Prime Minister




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 being bullied at school, suffering self-doubt and having a childhood dream to fly, almost crushed by a ban on gay serving personnel in the Forces.  An inner determination to overachieve led to success at school.  Matt describes how he consciously suppressed his sexuality and joined the RAF knowing that being 'out' could have resulted in a possible prison sentence. In 200 the ban on gay service personnel was lifted.  The RAF transformed its culture from one of open hostility towards gay personnel to acceptance and support.  
Matt describes the thrill of flying an RAF fast jet and transporting members of the Royal Family. His story is one of self-motivation, and drive which led to a dream being fulfilled. 
But this is not just another 'coming out story'.  Instead, Matt uses his positive experience to highlight the need for acceptance, drive, and determination.  He combines a message of tolerance, with the excitement of flying in the Forces



  • Goal setting, focus and determination
  • Empathy
  • Bullying
  • Mental resilience
  • Bullying in the workplace
  • Stress management and its effect on performance
  • Postive culture / attitude change
  • Friendship & support
  • Teamwork