Matt Lindley Keynote ‘My Boss Changed My Life’ Inspirational Pride Month Speaker

28th Mar 2024

In the lead up to Pride Month (June 2023) LGBTQ+ Speaker Matt Lindley shares his inspirational keynote ‘ My Boss Changed My Life’, based on his extraordinary time in the Royal Air Force, as a closeted gay pilot, when the ban on homosexuals serving in the RAF was enforced.  

See Pride Month speaker Matt Lindleys new talk teaser reel below


Airline and former Royal Air Force pilot Matt Lindley talks candidly about being one of the first openly gay pilots in the UK Armed Forces.  Listen to his journey of having a childhood dream to fly, almost crushed by a ban on gay serving personnel in the Forces.  Matt describes how he consciously suppressed his sexuality and joined an organisation knowing that being ‘out’ could have resulted in a possible prison sentence (The Armed Forces Act).  His story is one of self-motivation, determination, and drive. Matt fulfilled a boyhood dream and qualified as a Hawk fast jet pilot however soon after, high workload, geographical isolation and operating in a non inclusive culture, resulted in a catastrophic mistake at work.

Matt draws on his knowledge of human performance factors and psychology to self analyse the impact of mental health and stress on his performance at work and wellbeing.  Listen to the importance of allies and the role of an inspiring inclusive line manager on Matts ultimate success in the Armed Forces.

But this is not just another ‘coming out story’, instead Pride Month Speaker Matt uses his experience to discuss how the RAF positively adapted its culture from one of open hostility towards gay personnel, to acceptance and support.



Mental health

Resilience – how to weather the storm

Stress and workplace performance

How to be an inclusive leader

Trust – building and maintaining 

The importance of allies

Culture / transformational change

Goal setting, focus and drive

Emotional intelligence and empathy

Workplace banter – the pros and cons


“I cannot recommend Matt highly enough. He talked to the Close Brothers community about his journey and it resonated incredibly well with all colleagues, not just those from the LQBQT community. His candour and honesty really connected with people, and the ties with wider mental wellness and resilience were incredibly topical given the current pandemic. His humour shone through and it was one of the best received external speakers we have had to date. A thorough recommendation…”

Close Brothers

“It was brilliant – he was great, super engaging and people were hanging on his every word… EVEN ON ZOOM! We have had some great feedback already , so we are really pleased”

J P Morgan

“From the very first briefing call, Matt was just a pleasure to work with – warm and charismatic and more importantly took the time to understand what it was we were trying to achieve and was very open to tailoring his talk where he could to really fit the content and purpose of the day. We have been inundated with feedback from our employees who were blown away by the bravery of Matt’s story. He has certainly left an impression and it’s a talk that I’m sure they will remember for some time.”

Metro Bank

“The delivery by Matt was exceptional, his take on his experiences in the RAF really hit the mark and his humour and story telling were appreciated by so many. From those that I have discussed this with, they were extremely impressed with his presentation, there was so much contained within it, that it really gave food for thought on how the RAF was then and how it is now. His range was truly amazing from his sexuality, his drive, motivation, mental health and leadership (being able to listen) everyone was able to take something from it.

Truly remarkable and in all honesty I am so glad he delivered for us”

RAF Cranwell

“Matt’s natural ability to connect with his audience along with his energy and positive vibe absolutely captivated our audience with his incredible story. His grit and determination really resonated with so many people in the audience. The presentation that Matt put together really enhanced his speech. It was one of most captivating talks I’ve ever been to”

Hyperion X Insurance

“It wasn’t just a lovely talk, I got a lot from it, which I will take away and implement in my working day/home life. I will encourage my team to do the same …”

Co-operative Bank

Pride Month Speaker Matt is just one of our incredible Equality Diversity & Inclusion speakers at Great British Speaker. Find out more about them HERE

Gina Battye Pride Month Speaker at Great British Speakers

Pride Month Speakers also feature in our useful Great British Speakers Awareness Days Calendar for Speakers where you can find the perfect speaker for your themed event HERE

To book Pride Month Speaker Matt Lindley contact Great British Speakers on 01753 439289 or email

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