Matt Lindley was an RAF pilot who specialised in flying HM The Queen, the Royal family and Government ministers worldwide for over 10 years. He is now a commercial long-haul pilot for a major UK airline.
In addition to flying, Matt runs workshops and delivers keynotes speeches based on lessons learnt from aviation, aimed at reducing human error and improving human performance in the workplace. He uses fascinating case studies from aircraft accidents, applies basic psychology and offers lots of 'take home' messages for any audience.
Matt explains why individuals make mistakes and provides proven, easily implementable solutions, to mitigate human error in the workplace.
In addition, Matt presents talks on Diversity and Inclusive Leadership. He was one of the first gay pilots in the service. When he joined the Royal Air Force in 1995 it was against the law to be homosexual, but he had a passion for flying and desperately didn’t want his sexuality be a barrier to fulfilling his ambition to become a Fast Jet Pilot.
Whilst “in the closet”, Matt shut out his inner feelings and in doing so was able to fulfil his ambition, qualifying as a Fast Jet Pilot. Matt describes his journey and the impact on his mental health whilst hiding his true self and operating in a macho, intolerant work environment.
During this journey Matt had no one to turn to, his performance faltered, his stress levels became unmanageable and he failed his RAF 'Top Gun' course. Matt links his mental well-being, stress, reliance to performance and productively.
He eventually moved to the Royal Squadron and met an inspirational leader who developed trust and inclusion. As a result when the law changed he eventually came out. His leader’s exemplary inclusive style changed his life, both personally and professionally.
Although Matt’s diversity talk has an LGBTQ+ theme, it holds relevance to wider issues of marginalisation, be it gender, working parents, or ethnic minorities.