Tracey Curtis Taylor


Raised in Canada and surrounded by magnificent scenery, Tracey naturally took to adventure, so it was no surprise to her parents when she developed a passion for flight, having her first flying lesson aged 16. She returned to England with her family in the 70’s and her early working career in London including training with de Beers as a diamond valuer and the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign Office in Whitehall. But the ‘call of the wild’ and an ongoing fascination with Africa made Tracey cut the rope on her conventional life in England.

She went to South Africa in 1982 where she worked for several months before returning to the UK overland in a Bedford truck – a journey that took five months camping through savannah, jungle and desert. Shortly after her return Tracey migrated to New Zealand and began flying in earnest. She gained her private pilot’s licence, commercial licence and an instructor rating and, unusual for a woman, was trained by military pilots to fly World War II aeroplanes with the New Zealand Warbird Association.

In tandem with her love of flying, an interest in geology, landscape and imagery led to Tracey pursuing another career in aerial photography and mapping, which was to hold her in good stead for her future flying pursuits. Always adventurous, she is also passionate about other forms of early pioneering transport and in particular, old cars. As a result, she took part in the 2007 centenary Peking to Paris classic car rally that re-traced the route first driven by Prince Borghese in 1907.

This involved driving for six weeks through northern China, the Gobi Desert, across Russia to the Baltic and on to Paris – an epic experience that combined great adventure with rugged endurance. Tracey’s aeroplanes – a Boeing Stearman and a Ryan Recruit – are now based at Goodwood in West Sussex. When not flying, her other interests include gemmology and geography (she is a Fellow of the British Gemmological Association and The Royal Geographical Society). She is also a keen oil painter.

To book Tracey Curtis Taylor 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, Tracey is known to cover the following topics:

  • British Gemmological Association
  • Military Speaker
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • New Zealand Warbird Association