- Red Arrows pilot, Commodities Broker and entrepreneur
- Reached the summit of Mount Everest (2011)
- Expert in air defence
Graham Duff is a distinguished RAF pilot who has completed tours with the Red Arrows as a display pilot as well as deploying in Afghanistan with UK Special forces on the ground. His post-military work as a commodities broker and an entrepreneur make him an authority on the parallels between the battlefield and the boardroom. Missing the RAF, Graham re-joined in August this year.
Graham’s lifelong ambition was to become a pilot: at the age of 13 he signed up for the Air Training Corps, and then went on to study Aeronautical Engineering at Bristol University where he was a member of the University’s Air Squadron. In 1996, Graham joined the Royal Air Force as a trainee pilot.
After Officer Training, he qualified as a member of the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Team, where he worked for 18 months while waiting to begin flying training; during that time, he had his second visit to Nepal on an expedition.
Graham Duff graduated top of his class and went on to operationally fly the ground-attack Jaguar GR3A, a single seat fast jet fighter-bomber aircraft, and he gained extensive experience defending the No-Fly Zone in Northern Iraq. He also took part in exercises in the USA, Europe, and the Middle East.
Graham then completed a three-year tour – the maximum possible – with the Red Arrows in 2010, as a display pilot, before deploying to Afghanistan again with UK Special Forces for a 4-month ground tour.
Graham Duff has also climbed to the highest summits of Europe and Asia. In May 2011, Graham Duff reached the summit of Mount Everest, the two-and-a-half-month expedition was described by Graham Duff as an “epic experience”, despite losing two and a half stone in the process.
Graham Duff’s repertoire as a motivational speaker and after dinner speaker captivates audiences. His eloquence and passion for helping people overcome adversity and achieve peak performance are undeniable.
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