Growing up next to an airfield gave Lee an affinity with aircraft, and at 16 he enquired about becoming a pilot. Indifferent academic results meant he was turned down so he joined the Royal Marines, hoping to eventually become a helicopter pilot.
While working as a forward air controller in Brunei, co-ordinating the evacuation of a fellow injured marine from a jungle winch hole, he was hit by a falling tree, leaving him paralysed from the waist down, and being medically discharged.
“The greatest gift my scholarship has given me so far is a keen desire to talk about what I am now (an aviator) and what I hope to be (an employed professional and adventurer through the medium of aviation), rather than what I was. As such I look to the future with both excitement and optimism.”