Justin is a renowned presenter on high-performance teams, leadership, decision-making and risk. He has addressed the Institute of Directors’ Annual Convention, and 'Leaders in Dubai' alongside Sir Richard Branson and Kofi Annan. He was a seed investor and founder partner in a retail fashion business and is currently a non-executive adviser to Inox, an emerging markets hedge fund. Justin is a mentor to 2 community interest businesses.
Justin’s first career was in aviation. He joined the RAF aged 23 and during officer training, was awarded the Wilkinson Sword for outstanding leadership and graduated as top cadet of his entry. After completing flying training, Justin went on to fly the Tornado F3, a front-line air defence fighter aircraft. He has taken part in both training and operational deployments all over the world, including in UN peacekeeping operations in Bosnia. On the Tornado he was qualified to lead any scale of mission in any theatre, and was subsequently selected for the Red Arrows. Justin served for 3 years on the Team performing over 250 displays worldwide including 3 international tours. He was Deputy Team Leader and Executive Officer, responsible for operational day-to-day management of the team, a hand-picked group of 9 elite pilots and 90 support personnel.
Since leaving the RAF and the Red Arrows, Justin Hughes built his business from a zero base responsible for client programmes throughout Europe, the Middle and Far East. He is an operator rather than career trainer or consultant, has been involved in a number of other business ventures and currently chairs the Advisory Board for humanutopia, a fast growing social enterprise.
He has an MBA with Distinction from London Business School and a BSc (Hons) in physics from the University of Bristol.