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John Nichol

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Former RAF Pilot & Motivational and Inspirational Speaker

John Nichol was a Royal Air Force Pilot whose face became known across the world when in 1991 he was shot down during the Gulf War and was paraded on national television with his co-pilot John Peters.

A pilot of 15 years’ service in the Royal Air Force John and was captured and tortured, provoking worldwide condemnation and leaving one of the enduring images of that war.

After his release, he remarkably returned to active duty
was involved in policing the exclusion zone as part of the UN force maintaining the fragile peace in Bosnia.

John has served around the world from the Nevada Desert to the Middle East and Norway to the Falkland Islands.

Since retiring he has become a regular contributor in the UK national press and has presented for Newsnight, BBC News, CNN, World in Action, ITN, Sky News and Cutting Edge.

He also devised and presented two series of Survivors, interviewing newsmakers who have been through life-changing experiences. John is a patron of the British Ex-service Wheelchair Sports Association.


When he is speaking John Nichol takes the audience through what happened to him. From all the planning and training a pilot goes through to the isolation of being shot down and held in solitary confinement.

His experiences allow him to speak with authority on not only surviving change and adversity but also turning it to your advantage. Some recent speaking topics have included:

• Surviving challenges, change, and adversity.
• Belief in yourself and trust in those around you.
• Leadership & Teamwork in times of change.
• Planning and preparation –The keys to success.

John’s message is one of optimism, inspiration and personal motivation. His triumph lies in having discovered his potential to cope with extremes.


Overcoming Adversity


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