Justin Hughes head up a team of former Red Arrows and RAF fast jet pilots who bring a unique perspective to the business world.
Having had a successful career in the British armed forces — firstly as an Army Officer, followed by joining the Royal Air Force, age 23, where he became a Tornado "force commander" — Justin was subsequently selected for the Red Arrows display team, performing over 250 displays including 3 international tours.
During his time with the Red Arrows Justin was promoted to Deputy Team Leader and then Executive Officer, responsible for operational day-to-day management of the team.
Having graduated as top cadet in officer training, Justin went on to fly the Tornado F3, the RAF’s front-line air defence fighter aircraft, taking part in both training and operational deployments all over the world, including support of UN peacekeeping operations in Bosnia.
Justin has an MBA with Distinction from London Business School and a BSc (Hons) in physics from the University of Bristol. He is the founder of a business that trains individuals for mission excellence and built the company from a zero base.
70 Aircraft taking off from different bases, different nationalities, different cultures, all specialists in part of the mission, probably never worked together before and have to execute a life or death complicated cross-functional task and get it right first time is the ideal foundation for lessons in collaboration, teamwork, dependency on each other and successful leadership.
Justin is a renowned presenter on leadership, execution and risk, having addressed the Institute of Directors’ Annual Convention, and 'Leaders in Dubai' alongside Sir Richard Branson and Kofi Annan. He was a seed investor and founder partner in a retail fashion business and is currently a non-executive adviser to Inox, an emerging markets hedge fund. Justin is a mentor to two community interest businesses.
Justin is the author of The Business of Excellence (Bloomsbury, 2016), has been profiled in the London Standard, Director and the Daily Telegraph, and interviewed for BBC World ‘Talking Business’ and BBC Breakfast.
Previous corporate clients include: 3M, AstraZeneca, BP, Cisco Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Henley Management College, HSBC, IBM, Lacoste, Lloyds TSB, Merrill Lynch, the NHS, Prudential Assurance, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Saatchi and Saatchi, Unisys and Vodafone.