Jo Salter

Britain's first ever female Fast Jet Pilot & the Director of Global Transformative Leadership at PwC

  • Managing Director at Saltin Ltd
  • Appointed MBE in 2022
  • First female operational pilot to fly the Tornado
  • Ambassador for Global Angels
  • Received Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Bournemouth University
  • Named as one of the 50 Most Inspiring Women in the World

Discover Jo Salter’s biography of published work below.

Energy: 52 Ways to Fire Up Your Life
Jo Salter
Energize: Spring Clean Your Mind and Body to Get Your Bounce Back Today and Every Day’

Jo Salter MBE is a former Royal Air Force pilot and was Britain’s first ever female Fast Jet Pilot. Joining the RAF when she was just 18 years old, she has since taken many cadets up into the skies during Air Experience flights in the hope to inspire many others to enter a career in the RAF. Jo is currently the Director of Global Transformative Leadership at PwC and the Managing Director at Saltin Ltd where she has developed second-to-none expertise in leadership, interpersonal and analytical skills which she shares in a wide range of corporate events all over the UK.

Originally wanting to join the RAF as an engineering officer, Jo’s career drastically changed direction when the British Government announced women would be allowed to fly jets in 1992. Jumping at the opportunity to make her career in the skies, she was awarded her wings the very same year and at the end of 1992, she completed her fast jet training. In 1994 Jo joined the 617 squadron and it was just one year later before Jo was then declared combat ready in 1995, becoming the first woman to fly the Tornado as an operational pilot.

Having earned her Engineering degree from RMCS Shrivenham Cranfield Institute of Technology, Jo then completed her MBA, which was sponsored by the MOD, whilst still on active duty. Upon leaving the RAF, Jo became the Head of Technical Services for NetConnect and was an Associate Lecturer for 17 years for the Open University Business School. Her passion for flying too strong, Jo became a pilot for the RAF taking up cadets in Air Experience Flights for 12 years from 2006-2018. Passionate about a world which encourages female and youth empowerment, Jo has been an Ambassador for the Global Angels since 2008, an organisation which is dedicated to improving the living conditions and lives for communities all over the world. In 2022 she was personally invited by Tom Cruise to attend the premier of Top Gun: Maverick and received an honorary doctorate of Arts from Bournemouth University.

Jo has led a diverse and fruitful career, proving to be successful in a range of industries and was named as one of the 50 Most Inspiring Women in the World by Harpers & Queen. In 2022 she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the New Years Honours List for her services to aviation. The author of two books ‘Energy: 52 Ways to Fire Up Your Life’ and ‘Become an Energy Angel and Energise: Spring Clean Your Mind and Body to Get Your Bounce Back Today and Every Day’, Jo has become a popular speaker on leadership and uses her own experiences in helping companies transform their leadership strategies.

Official Testimonials

Jo Salter is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“I just wanted to say thanks for your help with organising Jo Salter – she was amazing and so inspirational everybody loved listening to her story.”

Sarah, Events & Educational Courses Manager, Straumann UK

“I can tell you that Jo was excellent, everything she delivered hit the spot and I have been told the day was better because of her contribution, we really enjoyed her participation, thank you very much and I will be back for another speaker and possibly another one later in the month.”

Michael, Learning Sourcing Manager

“Without a doubt, Jo was the best speaker I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Totally outstanding. A perfect balance of content within Jo’s story, so relevant to our team, our lives and the event. Couldn’t be rated higher, and so many amazing comments from the team about being inspired and taking insights away for change. Please pass on our enormous gratitude.”

Stuart, Head of Business Delivery, Three

“Everything went smoothly, Jo was brilliant, what a cool lady, I could listen to her speak all day! Thanks so much for all your help in booking her.”

Liz, Executive Assistant, DP World

“Great energy, uplifting and motivational style. Came across as passionate and authentic with good presentation skills. Managed the whole session without any slides.”

Tejas, Global Supply Manager, British American Tobacco

“Jo Salter has solved more life and death problems than most of us can imagine – and she brings her courage, tenacity and determination to business and management in a way that is truly motivational.”

Dan, Cable & Wireless

“Lunchtime speaker Jo Salter regaled the audience with anecdotes about her experience of being Britain’s first female fighter pilot, humorously describing ways in which she overcame male prejudice and official red-tape.”

Sandra, Inspire Futures Ltd

“The group got so much inspiration and learning from her and were very impressed with the amount of time she gave to the group over the evening.”

Sarah, Allied Irish Banks AIB and AIB Group

“Jo was fantastic, the overwhelming feedback from across the organisation was that she was an incredible speaker who spoke very passionately about the topic. Everyone really enjoyed her session and I have to say she was incredibly easy to work with.”

Kate, Imperial Tobacco

“We have received tons of positive feedback on Jo – she was amazing and did exactly what we wanted: she was inspirational, conveyed the right messaging on mindset, overcoming obstacles and energized the team after a heavy content-driven morning. I think many of the colleagues would have loved to spend more time with her afterwards for additional Q&A – so big thumbs up from our end and please send her from the entire IPB EMEA team a warmhearted thanks!”

Eva, Head of Marketing & Communications EMEA Deutsche Bank

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