Fighter pilot who turned businessman returns to old school to inspire young minds

Dan Robinson delivering the lecture to pupils at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College.
Dan Robinson delivering the lecture to pupils at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College.

A BUSINESSMAN went back to school to tell guests at an annual lecture about how he literally became a high-flyer.

Dan Robinson was the Guest of Honour at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College after being invited back to deliver the 2015 John Bell Lecture.

It was lovely to go back to school, I have so many happy memories of English Martyrs and it was an honour for me to be asked back to deliver the John Bell Lecture.

Dan Robinson, of Gus Robinson Developments Ltd

Dan, who now runs Gus Robinson Developments, joined the RAF after leaving English Martyrs Sixth Form and trained as a Fighter Pilot.

After a decade in that role, flying a Tornado F3, he went on to complete a further three years in the US Air Force earning the distinction of being the only non-American to fly the famed F22 Raptor Stealth Fighter.

Dan returned to Hartlepool in 2011 following the tragic death of his father Gus, and has masterminded an impressive growth in the business, which is now recognised as one of the most successful construction firms in the North East.

Around 200 guests in the school’s main hall listened intently as Dan spoke of his schooldays, and how teachers questioned his ambitions when as a teenager in a careers lesson he revealed he wanted to be a fighter pilot.

Dan said: “It was lovely to go back to school, I have so many happy memories of English Martyrs and it was an honour for me to be asked back to deliver the John Bell Lecture.

“It was nice to see a few familiar faces too with some of my old teachers in the audience, and I appreciate the kind words and feedback I was given afterwards.

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College head Michael Lee said: “We thank Dan for giving the lecture, it was absolutely fascinating and it’s a pleasure to see him doing so well.”