Jas Hawker joined the Royal Air Force aged 18 and went on to be the youngest ever pilot to fly the Tornado ground attack aircraft on the front-line. He served on four operational squadrons, taking part in both training and operational deployments all over the world. In 2007 he was selected to be Commanding Officer and leader of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows and went on to choreograph the world-famous aerial display team, travelling the globe. He led the Red Arrows on overseas tours to the USA, Middle and Far East and performed over 500 public displays.
As well as leading the Red Arrows during their jaw-dropping aerobatic performances, Jas was responsible for 100 staff including pilots, support staff, engineers, logisticians, administrators and press officers.
Jas has also undertaken a number of high-level appointments within the Ministry of Defence, advising senior military officers and civil servants on strategic and operational matters; specifically developing national contingency and crisis plans and advising on capability development. He has practical experience of operational level campaign planning having deployed to Afghanistan as a Senior Air Advisor.
Jas has first-hand experience of developing and leading a world-class high performance team. He is also a qualified flying instructor and was responsible for all aspects of the Red Arrows’ operations, including risk and safety management.
As Operations Director for Mission Excellence Jas is an experienced leadership presenter drawing on his first- hand experience of delivering outcomes in complex high-pressure environments. When it comes to leadership, high-performance teams, execution, and managing risk he knows what works and what doesn’t.
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