Matt Lindley is an airline and former RAF Royal Squadron Pilot.
Matt was one of the first openly gay pilots in the RAF.
In 1995 Matt was selected to be a pilot in the Royal Air Force. He flew many types aircraft including the Hawk fighter jet.
He flew missions in the Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
Furthermore, Lindley served on the Royal Squadron. He was responsible for flying HM The Queen, members of the Royal Family and Government worldwide.
While serving, he became a qualified flying instructor and VIP qualified Captain.
In 2007 Matt left the Service to join a well-know British commercial airline, initially flying the Airbus on their short-haul network. He now operates the Boeing 747 on long haul routes.
Diversity and Inclusion Speaker:
As a diversity and inclusion speaker, Matt Lindley talks candidly about being one of the first openly gay pilots in the Armed Forces.
Listen to his journey of having a childhood dream to fly, almost crushed by a ban on gay serving personnel in the Forces.
Matt describes how he consciously suppressed his sexuality and joined an organisation, knowing that being ‘out’ would have resulted in a possible prison sentence.
Watch clips from Matt’s Diversity and Inclusion presentation:
His story is one of self-motivation, and drive, which led to him fulfilling his dream.
Furthermore, Matt describes how the RAF adapted its culture from one of open hostility towards gay personnel to acceptance and support.
But this is not just another ‘coming out story’. Instead, Matt uses his experience, to highlight the benefits of positive culture change and transformational leadership to the well-being of employees and the productivity of an organisation.
Speaking topics covered by Matt include:
- Emotional Intelligence and Empathy
- Personal and Business Resilience
- Bullying in the Workplace
- Stress Management
- Mental Health
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Decision Making
- Mental Strength
Matt Lindley Virtual Presentations:
Matt is also available for virtual keynote presentations. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, Matt has adapted his inspirational speech to motivate remotely.
As a result, popular virtual keynote topics include:
- Goal Setting
- Resilience in Difficult Times
- Company Culture
- Speak Up Culture
- Psychological Safety