Colin obtained a First Class honours BSc. in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Sussex in 1970, and his D.Phil in polymer chemistry from the same institution in 1974. He followed this with a postdoctoral fellowship in natural product biosynthesis at Cardiff.
Colin has spent most of his commercial working life in start-up and early stage technology companies; in business support mentoring, and most recently in the financial services sector where he has been involved in business investment.
Colin was a co-founder and Managing Director of Viridian Bioprocessing Ltd., a spin-out company from Kent University. The company developed novel “custom bug” technology to effectively treat toxic waste streams from UK chemical industry sites. The company built a mobile bioreactor system contained in a 40 foot articulated trailer for working on sites to deal with the most noxious of wastes.
Colin was also co-founder with Professor Sir Chris Evans OBE of the Enviros group of companies that offered a wide range of biotechnology and physical and advisory services in the environmental sector. This business was grown rapidly though a strategy of mergers and acquisitions.
Colin has worked as a manager for the Western Arc Bioscience Platform. This was an initiative to collaboratively exploit biotechnologies from Bristol, Bath and Cardiff Universities. He has acted as interim CEO for Ruskinn Technology Ltd. of Pencoed (biological workstations) and as an advisor to BIME – the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (disability and mobility aid design and development).
Colin sports a track record in sales, marketing and PR, and has extensive experience in intellectual property protection and commercialisation, technology transfer, operations, production and small batch manufacture, franchising and quality (ISO 9001 and 13485) systems and approvals.
In recent years Colin has worked as a mentor for high-growth companies and on a programme at Swansea University to commercialise academic and NHS ideas and intellectual property. Colin is also experienced in business funding, having been a manager with the Welsh angels network since its inception in 1998 until his recent retirement from that organisation.