Rory Underwood named as guest speaker at Royal Air Tattoo Business Club launch

By Nick Batten on 4 June, 2019

Former England rugby player Rory Underwood MBE has been announced as the latest guest speaker at the first Royal International Air Tattoo Business networking event on Friday 19th July at Fairford.

His talk, The Dynamic Lift, will inspire business owners around his own experience as an elite athlete as well as his 18-year career as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. He will be one of a small number of high-profile speakers at the Air Tattoo Business Club where companies can network in one of the Air Tattoo’s premier hospitality suites.

Rory is best known for his international rugby career which included scoring a record 49 tries for England (85 caps, 1984-1996). In 1992 he was recognised for his services to rugby and was awarded the MBE.

In addition to his successful rugby career, Rory was an accomplished RAF pilot where he introduced Crew Resources Management (CRM) training.

Since leaving both his rugby and military careers Rory has become an experienced facilitator, psychometric profiler and performance coach.

He will be combining his wealth of experience and knowledge from international sport, the military, extreme human achievement with the businesses attending the event. He will be challenging them about their understanding of their own team’s performance and how to measure it.

Helen Webb, Head of Marketing at the Air Tattoo said, “We are delighted to have Rory as one of the speakers at our new Business Club. His wealth of experience as a pilot, elite athlete and in the corporate sector will provide those attending with a wealth of information that they can apply to their own personal development and businesses.”

Guests to the business club will spend the day with like-minded organisations, enjoy business round-table discussions with speakers, pilots and aircrew who will drop in throughout the day for photo opportunities.

The event starts at 9.00am with refreshments and structured networking followed by guest speakers from 10am-11am. The flying display is from 11am-3pm with lunch served during this time – those who want to stay in the room can take part in facilitated round-table discussions. Afternoon tea will follow at 3.00pm with guests departing at about 4.30pm.

The cost is £220 (plus VAT) per person. Details are available at or email

Pictured above: Rory Underwood MBE