An epitome of operational excellence, Justin Hughes is highly sought after for his expertise in high performance culture, built from his 12 years’ service as a Fighter Pilot in the Royal Air Force. Today, Justin is a revered strategic advisor and keynote speaker with a breadth of experience in building high performance teams, working with clients such as Microsoft and Mercedes F1. Covering topics such as decision making under ambiguity, teamwork, leadership, risk management and maintaining high performance, don’t miss your opportunity to learn how to craft a high performing team with Justin Hughes.
Achieving a BSc in Physics from the University of Bristol in 1985, Justin began his career working as a Fighter Pilot in the Royal Air Force in 1990. During his service in the RAF, Justin was deployed to fly the Tornado F3, impressing officials with his talents as a fighter pilot. In 2000, he was recruited to join The Red Arrows, before becoming the Executive Office of The Red Arrows. Serving for 12 years, Justin learned how to make decisions under immense pressure, take risks and ensure that he demonstrated high performance no matter the circumstance. Working in an environment where mistakes could have catastrophic consequences, Justin can demonstrate the importance of having confidence in your performance and ensuring that you perform optimally.
Leaving the RAF in 2002, Justin moved into the world of business, returning to education to achieve a Master of Business Administration from the London Business School and a Master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Cambridge. He has since also become the Co-Founder and Director of SL Privée, a Non-Executive Advisor for Inox Global Capital Management, Director of Integrated Airline Services for L3Harris Commercial Aviation and the Managing Director of Consulting for Mission Excellence. He is also a committed trustee, having been the Trustee of Humantopia, the Coastal Learning Partnership and Hospitallers Ukraine Aid. Now, Justin is the CEO of NetZeroNitrogen, a company dedicated to eliminating 2 billion tonnes of CO2 from agriculture.
Author of The Business of Excellence: Building High Performance Teams and Organisations, Justin is also following opportunities as a high performance speaker for the most prestigious clients across the globe. Engaging audiences worldwide, Justin has formerly spoken at the Leaders in Dubai conference, speaking alongside Sir Richard Branson. Also highly sought after to share his expertise in the media, Justin has previously been seen on BBC Breakfast and in The Daily Telegraph and Metro. When hired as a high performance speaker, Justin translates the lessons he learned in the RAF to a business context, informing corporate audiences on how they can prioritise optimal performance and generate a high performance culture. When looking for a decorate high performance speaker, look no further than Justin Hughes.
Justin Hughes is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“We have implemented this in every single operational meeting and our first half-year performance has been excellent, exceeding our expectations when it comes to the number of patients treated with our medicines and subsequently exceeding our first half-year corporate objectives.”
“I would like to thank you for your amazing presentation and keynote at the High Performance Teams Event on 9th of February in Abu Dhabi. You captured the audience’s attention despite the fact that it was close to lunchtime and the feel in the room was electric during your keynote. Thank you for transforming our event and making it dynamic. I believe my colleagues were interested in engaging with you further for future events in other offices and I definitely look forward to future collaborations.”
“Justin just hosted a two-day workshop in Canada for my global management team. He delivered a thought-provoking and hands-on programme focused on high reliability and manging the tension between growth and safety. The session was extremely worthwhile, and I would not hesitate to bring Justin back.”