School Keynote Speaker

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.  Matt talks on a personal level how he always felt an outsider at school, how he had no support network to lean on. He discusses mental health, stress and the importance of talking about inner feelings. Matts coping mechanism included venting his aggression on the rugby pitch and an inner determination to overachieve. As school Head Boy, 1st XV rugby player and a string of girls friends Matt suppressed his most inner feeling in a very unhealthy way.

On leaving University Matt joined the RAF knowing that being 'out' could have resulted in a possible prison sentence.

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 his 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 Armed Forces

”Prove them wrong”



  • 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




Clients who book will be offered an optional donation of 5% to the charity Diversity Role Models.

Diversity Role Models actively seeks to prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in UK schools. We stop bullying before it happens by educating young people about difference, challenging stereotypes and addressing the misuse of language.