Colin hails from Peterhead and graduated from Robert Gordon University in 1982 with a Business Studies Degree and a Diploma in Marketing. On graduation, he took up a post as an Outdoor Pursuits instructor specialising in dinghy sailing and skiing but injury forced an early change in his career ambitions. In 1984 he completed a postgraduate certificate in secondary education at Aberdeen College of Education and took up a lecturing post in Business Studies at Moray College in Elgin. In 1987 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer at Stevenson College in Edinburgh and subsequently became Head of Business Studies in 1990.
Colin completed a Masters in Education (Med) degree at Edinburgh University in 1991 and in the same year was appointed Director of Studies at the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. He was later appointed Director of Education and in 2002 Colin was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute. He has a wide role with executive responsibility for Awarding Body, Governance, Professional Standards, Member Conduct, Quality, and FEP.
He has worked on the development and implementation of a range of education programmes during that time. Colin has been at the forefront of many developments including the establishment of on-line assessment for all Institute examinations. Colin was instrumental in gaining credit rating powers for the Institute in relation to the National Framework. The Institute is one of the few bodies outside the University and College sectors that can credit rate qualifications for inclusion in our National Framework (SCQF).
Colin has had the privilege of working on several collaborative European Projects aimed at embedding and recognising financial services qualifications in the European Qualifications Framework. He joined the Board of the European Bank Training Network in 2013 and was elected President in 2016. He also undertakes work in Malaysia with the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers and has served on the Framework Steering Committee of the Finance Accreditation Agency of Malaysia to advise on the development of financial services qualification framework.
Colin is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He lives in Dalgety Bay, Fife, Scotland with his wife and two teenage sons.