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, Matt conformed to the macho stereotypes of 1980s society, he suppressed his most inner feeling in a very unhealthy way.
Above all else Matt had an inner drive and determination to be an RAF pilot. On leaving University Matt joined the Service, 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
Stress management and its effect on performance
Postive culture / attitude change
Friendship & support
Click on the symbol below to watch a 4 minute edited version of Matts latest address to the Kings School Wimbledon.