Justin Hughes Keynote Speaker

  • Expert on building high-performance cultures
  • Executive Officer and Red Arrow Pilot, Royal Air Force (2000-02)
  • Author of 'The Business of Excellence'

Justin Hughes's Biography

Justin Hughes is an expert on building high-performance cultures.

As a former fighter pilot, Executive Officer of the Red Arrows, senior corporate executive and current biotech entrepreneur addressing climate change, Justin has ‘skin in the game’ when it comes to building high-performance cultures. He is a renowned speaker on a range of related topics including leadership, building high-performance teams (inc virtual), decision-making under ambiguity, and high-risk environments. Delivery options include keynotes, facilitation and workshops and he has extensive experience with diverse audiences in the US, Europe, the Middle and Far East, and China.

Justin brings an unusual combination of a highly engaging delivery style and clear, actionable insights based on first-hand knowledge of the most demanding operating environments. His passion for high performance evolved from his experience as a fighter pilot, flying in over 250 displays worldwide on the Red Arrows. Justin’s BETTUR (Better Understanding of Reality) model is based on personal learning of how you plan, execute and adapt in situations characterised by ambiguity, imperfect information, speed of change and pressure to deliver.

Since leaving the RAF, Justin has worked as a strategic adviser who partners with senior leadership teams to improve organizational effectiveness. Clients have included Microsoft, the United Nations and Mercedes Formula 1, and he is a regular contributor to BP’s global Leading in Operations programme.

Justin is the author of The Business of Excellence (Bloomsbury, 2016), has been profiled in the London Standard, Director Magazine, the Daily Telegraph and the Independent, and interviewed for BBC World ‘Talking Business’, BBC Breakfast and GB News.

Justin has an MBA with Distinction from London Business School and an MSt with Distinction in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. For the latter, he planned a thesis on pandemics but thought nobody would be interested (in 2017!), and instead analysed the threat posed by cryptocurrency to the financial order; he is currently sitting on a return of 1000%; unfortunately he only bought $30.

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Justin Hughes's Speaking Topics

  • Building High-Performance Cultures/Teams

  • Leadership

  • Risk

  • Decision-Making

  • Strategy

  • Peak Performance

  • Resilience

  • Mental Health

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Having heard Henry Kissinger, Bill Gates, Gordon Brown & David Cameron...I learnt more from Hughes than the rest.
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