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Imagine being in control of 25 million pounds of screaming metal flying just above the ground - decisions have to be immediate, reflexes lightning fast. For Jo Salter, this was just the day job when she became Britain’s first female fighter pilot flying the Tornado GR1, then one of only 5 women fighter pilots in the world.

As a combat ready pilot with the 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, Jo experienced operational tours of duty and took part in large international NATO exercises around the world. Working in intelligence and as a fast jet instructor, her tales from such an elite world offer alternative insights into personal development, meeting challenges and succeeding in the face of adversity.

Jo has a multifaceted military career which has encompassed technical, professional, managerial and political experience. Add this to 5 years of e-commerce and management consultancy in the public and the private sector as well as an MBA and it is no wonder Jo is in demand for her management and leadership theories and her humorous and moving range of speeches.

For the past eight years, Jo has been an Associate Lecturer for the Open University Business School on their Certificate of Management programme. This includes modules such as Managing People, Managing Finance and Information, and Managing Customers and Quality. She also specialises in running leadership workshops and works as a high performance coach and mentor, assisting executives meet their personal and business development needs.

Jo has extensive experience of working with the media, from featuring on the front page of The Times to international radio and television coverage. Her television appearances include Record Breakers as well as various documentaries -most recently the BBC’s Inside Out programme and she can be heard as a regular guest on London's leading talk radio station, LBC 97.3.

Jo took part in Nancy's Heroes, a recreation of Nancy Wake's epic trek across the Pyrenees to Spain to escape the Nazis on the 14th September. As part of an 8 woman team she crossed the high peaks in 4 days following the Le Chemin De La Libertie, (The Freedom Trail) which was one of the hardest wartime escape routes in aid of the Royal British Legion.

Jo uses her boundless energy, never-failing humour, compassion and understanding, as well as her technical skills to facilitate workshops, carry out life changing seminars, conduct high performance coaching sessions and enable individuals and organisations to solve problems.

Achievement is a way of life for Jo – and, yes, achievement while living in the real world as a daughter, sister, partner, parent and friend.

Jo is a determined and visionary realist so be prepared to be challenged.
Described as “One of the 50 most inspiring women in the world”, Harpers & Queen, ex Tornado GR1 female fighter pilot, Jo is also a truly amazing host and motivational speaker. Since leaving the RAF she has learned to fly civil aircraft including the Airbus and is a business lecturer at the Open University. She is also a very entertaining after dinner speaker whose anecdotes from her RAF days have her audiences in stitches as well as gawping in awe at some of her more astonishing and hair-raising incidents.
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