As a former fighter pilot and Executive Officer of the Red Arrows, Justin Hughes is no stranger to high performance in the most demanding of environments. And after a further 15 years as a consultant on building high-performance cultures, Justin is uniquely placed to both inspire and offer practical insights into the drivers of excellence.
Former Red Arrow and RAF fighter pilot, Justin Hughes, is a renowned expert and inspiring speaker on high-performance cultures and high-risk environments. Justin engages audiences with his wealth of expertise within building high-performance teams and organisations, leadership. strategic ambiguity and agility, decision-making and risk, and behavioural safety and safety culture.
Justin has presented at hundreds of management meetings, conferences, academic forums and dinners worldwide with clients ranging from global corporations (e.g. 3M, Microsoft) to public sector (e.g. Bank of England, NATO) and world championship-winning sports franchises (e.g. Mercedes F1). He was also a guest presenter on Oxford University’s MSc in Major Programme Management London Business School’s ‘Executing Strategy for Results’.
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.
Justin’s breadth of operational, speaking, academic and consulting experience allows him to develop tailored content, specific to the client audience. In addition to keynote and after-dinner speaking engagements, Justin and his team also run high-impact teambuilding seminars and workshop programmes; he additionally co-presents with Anna McNuff and James Woudhuysen.
Prior to his current roles, Justin was an RAF fighter pilot. He graduated as top cadet of his officer training and went on to fly the Tornado F3 air defence fighter. He subsequently served for 3 years on the Red Arrows performing over 250 displays worldwide including 3 international tours. Justin has an MBA with Distinction from London Business School and is currently studying International Relations at the University of Cambridge.
An inspiring speaker with a wealth of experience in delivering results in an environment where failure is not an option and mistakes cost lives, Justin has the ability to motivate and inspire any audience.