Educated at the Royal School Armagh and after
completing a degree course at Portsmouth Polytechnic
in 1974, he commenced his professional career
joining Banks, Wood & Partners of London.
During this employment he worked directly under
an Associate with responsibility for preparing
cost plans and feasibility studies for commercial
clients. In 1977 he joined Hardy Hobbs Management
Limited as a co-ordinating surveyor on the project
based in the USA on King Khalid Military City.
At the time the world’s largest project
for the Saudi Arabian government valued at $10
Billions. From 1979 to 1981 before returning to
Northern Ireland he ran his own practice providing
professional quantity surveying services in Boston,
Massachusetts. Providing QS services to both government
and private clients, on a wide range of construction
projects. On returning to Northern Ireland he
took over the family practice
the last 37 years he has been directly involved
in providing consultancy services as both a private
practice quantity surveyor and contracting surveyor,
working on a wide range of project types such
as major hospitals and other healthcare facilities,
schools, housing developments, offices, factories
and recreational buildings.
addition to traditional quantity surveying services
Colin has experience as a project manager and
also in programme management, business case preparation
and risk management on a wide range of project
types. Over the last 20 years Colin has served
his professional body the Royal Institution of
Chartered Surveyors as Honorary Secretary for
three years of the N.I. Quantity surveyors Division
and its’ Chairman in 1993; Honorary Secretary
for two years of the Royal Institution of Chartered
Surveyors in N.I. and its’ Chairman in 2000.
Since 2007 he has sat on the RICS World Governing
Council which is the top decision making body
of the RICS, setting the strategic direction for
the organisation and is made up of a 70-strong
Governing Council, chaired by the President, including
RICS members from all world regions.
Within the local construction industry Colin currently
sits on the N.I. Professional College and is immediate
Past-Chairman of the Council Industry Council
for Northern Ireland and also is one of the CIGNI
representatives on the Construction Industry Forum
for Northern Ireland.