Pilot, author and flying world record holder, Douglas Cairns, will be the headline speaker at this year’s AWTE Christmas Lunch.
Douglas Cairns was a Royal Air Force jet pilot when at the age of 25 he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and subsequently lost his career. He was able to regain the freedom to fly in the USA as a private pilot and has since used his love of flying to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes, and in 2003 became the first pilot with type 1 to fly round the world!
As an author (Dare To Dream: Flying Solo With Diabetes) and with several world records to his name, including 5 speed records and 2 transcontinental speed records in the USA using the Diabetes World Flight “Beech Baron”, Douglas has used his personal achievements to give sponsored motivational talks to the diabetes community in the USA.
A founding member of Pilots with Diabetes, Douglas has worked tirelessly giving regular talks at conferences and meetings, highlighting that diabetes need not limit the scope of people’s dreams and ambitions. Douglas is based in London with Threadneedle Investment Management.