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£20 per person includes arrival drink. 


Wednesday 21st February 2024 – 6:00pm arrival for a 6:45pm start.


Parkstone Yacht Club, Pearce Avenue, Poole, BH14 8EH

Ever wondered what it must be like to fly a fast jet in a combat situation? – Possibly not! Our guest speaker fought hard to achieve her ambition to be a Royal Air Force pilot. She was the first woman to fly a Tornado GR4 on the front line, completing three tours of duty and 45 combat missions over Iraq. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Mandy’s story that took her to the front line.

About Mandy Hickson

Mandy has over 30 years experience within aviation. She joined the Royal Air Force in 1994 and was a the first woman to fly the Tornado GR4 on the front line, where she operated in hostile environments. Since leaving the RAF she retrained as a facilitator and coach in human factors. Drawing on her experience of calculated risk-taking, decision-making under pressure & the critical role of the human in the system, she transfers vivid lessons from the cockpit to other management and leadership contexts.

Mandy is a highly demanded keynote speaker, where she talks with humour and passion to inspire those around her. She has been invited to share her insights with some of the world’s most successful organisations where she describes the strategies & behaviours that can be adopted when the stakes are high.

She recently launched her bestselling book, ‘An Officer, not a gentleman’, her inspirational journey to become a pioneering female fighter pilot. Signed copies will be available to purchase on the night!


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