Colin attended College from 1965 to 1969 and taught at the College in 1976. Post school Colin attended Waikato University graduating in education and geography. Later he attended Unitec to study educational leadership for four years part-time. After leaving the relaxed life of university he taught at a number of intermediate and secondary schools before being appointed Principal of West Harbour School in West Auckland. This was followed by two years as Principal at Kaikohe West and then twelve years as Principal at Gladstone Primary – a large inner city school in Mt Albert.
Currently he is Principal of Murrays Bay Intermediate School; a digital twenty-first century school of approximately 1000 students on the North Shore. He has been lucky enough to be awarded three scholarships: the first was a six months fellowship funded by the ASB Bank to study gifted education which took him to the States, England, and Canada. The second was as the inaugural leadership fellow at Unitec – a position that allowed him four months to study and lecture. The most recent award was funded by Wolf Fisher as Distinguished Educator based at the leadership Centre at Auckland University where he has organised the professional development programme for staff and principals who might attend the centre.
His passion for learning and education has allowed him to publish quite regularly, articles that are provocative and topical around teaching, learning and leadership.
Colin has been fortunate to visit, each year, a number of Asian and European countries as part of his work, especially focusing on recruiting international students for his school.
Colin has been married to Delanee for 28 years and they have two children, Samuel and Renee. Delanee is the principal of Marshall Laing School.