Colin developed the Advancement function at the Australian National University (ANU), leading the transition from an endowed funds focus towards a comprehensive approach to philanthropy. In addition to establishing one of Australia’s most innovative philanthropic operations, Colin worked with university senior executives to secure and implement two of the largest gifts in Australian history - the 8-figure Tuckwell gifts - alongside a diverse range of other six- and seven-figure donations.

Prior to joining ANU, Colin pursued a career in scientific research, education and communication. He was Executive Director of Australian Science Innovations (ASI), a non-profit organisation offering national and international programs in support of secondary science education. During his five years there, Colin developed corporate partnerships to evolve ASI from a single program serving 3,500 students, to a multi-program, multi-partner organisation with an annual participation of 35,000, from three different countries.

Colin first trained as an experimental physicist, studying at ANU and the University of Western Australia (UWA). Colin’s doctoral studies and a prestigious Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship took him to the University of Tokyo to work on gravitational wave detection. After a career of teaching and research in physics, he turned to organisational development and management, undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Cross-Sector Partnership with the University of Cambridge’s Program for Industry, and an MBA (Executive) with the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW.

Colin has advised clients in the education, research and public policy sectors including Burgmann College ANU, Canberra Grammar School, St Michael’s Collegiate School, Hutchins School, Questacon, CSIRO, Parks Australia, Flinders University, The King’s School, the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI), the Australian Educational Research Organisation and Marist College Canberra amongst others.

Colin is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and is an active member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He Chaired the CASE Asia Pacific Advancement Conference in 2015, was a member of CASE’s International Commission on Alumni Relations in 2017 and 2018 and has been recognised as a CASE Laureate. A recognised authority on fundraising and philanthropy, he is a frequent speaker at conferences and meetings for CASE, as well as for other organisations.

Colin is based in Canberra, Australia.

Specialist skills

Colin is a specialist in strategy, principal gifts, universities, schools, as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).