Joined the KPMG partnership in 1966 and spent most of the 1970s in Europe, latterly with responsibility for the Benelux and Scandinavian countries. A specialist in financial and economic aspects of large scale investment, he was also responsible for KPMG's national marketing from 1987-1990; and in 1990 took over the responsibility for KPMG's operations in London and the South-East.
From 199l to 1994 he was Chairman of KPMG Management Consulting world-wide. He was also a member of KPMG International Executive Committee and KPMG European Board. In 1994 he took over as the UK Senior Partner. On 1 February 1997 he assumed responsibilities as Chairman KPMG International and retired as International Chairman and from the partnership on 30 September 1999. On 27 October 1999 he was sworn into the House of Lords.
Colin is also a Companion of the British Institute of Management. He is a non-executive director of AEA Technology plc and Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is Chairman of Le Gavroche Ltd. He is an Honorary Member of the Securities Institute. He is on the Advisory Board of The George Washington Institute for Management. In January 1998 he was appointed an Ambassador for Merseyside. In June 1998 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University. He is Chairman of Aegis Group plc. He is a non-executive director of Youngs Brewery. He is also Chair of the DTI's Foresight Crime Prevention Panel. He has completed a study of Central Government Audit commissioned by the Chief Secretary to The Treasury, The Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP. He is a non-executive director of BG International PLC and Phocis PLC. He is the chairman of the Advisory Board of GoodCorporation.