Graham Duff

Red Arrows Pilot, Commodities Broker & Entrepreneur

Graham Duff is a remarkable RAF pilot who completed display pilot tours with the Red Arrows along with deployment in Afghanistan and ground combat with the UK Special Forces. His post-military work as a commodities broker and an entrepreneur make him an authority on the parallels between the battlefield and the boardroom. His vast life experience makes him the perfect motivational speaker and inspirational after dinner speaker, whilst Graham’s eloquence and charm makes him the ideal conference and event host.

A lifelong ambition to be a pilot, Graham signed up to the Air Training Corps on his 13th birthday, this was as early as possible. Graham’s flying career started by building, flying and crashing remote control aeroplanes with his stepfather. Graham was recommended to attend Penrith Grammar School, whilst studying he was fortunate to receive sponsorship to obtain his private pilot’s licence. Graham could fly months before he was allowed to drive on the roads.

Joining the RAF in 1996 as a trainee pilot, after officer training Graham qualified as a member of the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Team. Graham continued to serve in this section for 18 months whilst awaiting to begin flying training. After graduating at the top of his flying class, Graham flew the ground-attack Jaguar GR3A whilst also gaining invaluable experience in Northern Iraq defending the No Fly Zone. He also took part in exercises in the USA, Europe and the Middle East. One of the most accomplished military pilots of his era, Graham is a wonderful after dinner speaker, telling anecdotal tales of his times flying around the world.

Graham went on to complete a 3 year tour (the maximum possible) with the Red Arrows in 2010, as a display pilot, before deploying to Afghanistan again with UK Special Forces for a 4 month ground tour. Describing his journey to achieve peak performance and maximise success at any opportunity, Graham is a terrific motivational speaker for social and business environments alike.

Graham has also climbed to the highest summits of Europe and Asia. In May 2011, Graham reached the summit of Mount Everest, the two and a half month expedition was described as Graham as an ‘epic experience’, despite losing two and a half stone in the process, his story as a motivational speaker of overcoming adversity in one of the most hostile environments in the world captivates and inspires audiences. Graham’s repertoire as a motivational speaker and after dinner speaker captivates audiences. His eloquence and passion to help people overcome adversity and achieve peak performance is undeniable.

To book Graham Duff as the motivational speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Graham is known to cover the following topics:

  • Military & Corporate Values
  • Working Under Pressure
  • Teamwork
  • Risk Consideration
  • Leadership
  • Peak Performance
  • Maximising Success

Get to know Graham a little bit more by listening to him in an interview with Altitude, here: