Sarah Furness

Sarah Furness

Sarah Furness is a former RAF Combat Helicopter Pilot, motivational keynote speaker, and inspirational trainer.

After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences and Theology, Sarah joined the Royal Air Force, first as an air safety trainer and then as a helicopter pilot. During her two decades there, she worked on tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, commanded a 120-man team across Kabul, and planned special forces operations.

Her experience in such hostile and challenging environments led to her transition into an inspirational and motivational keynote speaker. But she still has her mission: “To share the secret to outstanding resilience, performance and courage under fire”.

Contact Great British Speakers today to book former RAF combat helicopter pilot, leadership and teamwork speaker Sarah Furness for your next event.

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Ex-RAF Squadron Leader, Combat Helicopter Pilot, motivational speaker and yoga warrior – just a few ways to describe Sarah Furness, who regaled our Women’s Inclusive Network today with an inspiring account of how she juggled childcare arrangements as a young mother while managing a squadron of helicopter pilots in the Afghanistan war zone.
Sopra Steria 

It was a pleasure to hear you speak earlier, and sparked a number of nerves on my part. If I had known it was going to be that good, I would have closed the office and told the team to hear you speak.
Ex-Special Forces Member

There is nobody worth listening to more than Sarah Furness in today’s world. Real experience, real stories no out-of-a-book fluff.
Paul Lloyd 

Utterly humbling…I could listen to Sarah all day – her delivery was calm, logical and compelling. Please come back soon – your session was one of the best that I have ever attended.

Wonderful day of Winefulness with Sarah Furness…an excellent combination of ‘Military-Grade’ mindfulness (training your brain to perform under pressure) through the joyous pleasure of wine tasting. An excellent approach for any business to consider in these turbulent times.
John Peters, Director, Monkey Business

Fly Higher is the best book I’ve read for a long time. The balance of humour, personal reflection and self-help is spot on. Not only is it hard to put down, but the techniques can easily be implemented in your daily life from the word go. Outstanding.
Mark Keen, Head of International Stakeholder Engagement USVF, Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Fasten your seatbelts, working with Sarah puts you in the driving seat! A no-nonsense approach coupled with techniques that I could revert to at my own pace was exactly what I needed.

Sarah is a phenomenon. She flew helicopters in combat zones for 20 years, crashing the odd one and turning those experiences, that would scare the life out of most of us, into entertaining stories. She’s now helping the world by educating us on how to perform and thrive under pressure.
Russell Silverman, Silverman Consulting

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