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UK’s First Female Fast Jet Pilot Inspires Pupils

Jo Salter MBE delivered an inspirational speech about her career and achievements in Epsom's Main Hall on Tuesday evening.

The audience of Epsom parents and pupils of all ages listened to Jo’s engaging talk about her career in the Royal Air Force (RAF), from her first experience in a Chipmunk plane to her speeding across the skies in a Typhoon Fighter Jet, and how she broke glass ceilings in a male-dominated environment, to become the UK’s first female fast jet pilot.

Jo, who is now Director of Global Transformative Leadership at PwC, took questions from the audience who were keen to learn more about her rise up through the RAF as well as her current role at PwC.

Lower Sixth student, Georgie Jarvis Sobey, said: “I had such a great experience joining Jo for dinner and then listening to her talk afterwards. I found her very intriguing and took a lot away from listening to her. Hearing about her access as a woman in a very male-dominated job has inspired me, and I’m sure other girls, to work for what we want and not be put down by others. I found the whole experience very inspirational.”

Lower Sixth student, Immie Stoole, said: “I’m really grateful to be able to have had this experience of hearing such interesting stories told of such inspiration and bravery.”

Lower Sixth student, Izzy Benzie, said: “Jo Salter’s talk was engaging, inspiring and empowering.”

Epsom would like to thank Jo for captivating our pupils and giving them lots to discuss afterwards.