Colin is a Chartered Accountant with his own Practice, Winburn Glass Norfolk (‘WGN’) which he founded, with two partners, in 1975. He is also a non-executive director of several companies, including Surgical Innovations Group plc, Straight plc and GETECH Group plc all of which are quoted on AIM and which came out of the WGN portfolio.
He has always been passionately interested in assisting small businesses develop to their full potential. Applying a ‘hands-on’ and ’24-7′ approach he has been involved in a significant number of diverse businesses, mainly start-ups and SMEs. In many cases he has been appointed as a non-executive director to the boards of the companies he assists and also takes a small equity stake, where he believes he can add value. He was a non-executive director of Partnership Investment Finance (“PIF”), a 5 year £37m fund set up, with funding from Europe and Barclays Bank, to support SMEs and social achievement in the Objective 2 areas of Yorkshire and The Humber. The fund is now fully invested. He is also a non-executive director of a number of private companies which WGN are grooming and developing with a view to a future trade sale or flotation and acts as a mentor to early stage SMEs with high growth potential.
Through his deep interest and experience in SMEs, he was awarded the Star in Practice Award in 2006 from the West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants and also was awarded Business Advisor of the Year in 2007 and Non-Executive Director of the year in 2008 both by the Institute of Directors Yorkshire and Humber. In January 2011 he was awarded Non-Executive Director of the Year in the Grant Thornton sponsored Quoted Company Awards for his work with AIM-quoted SMEs.
Colin received an OBE for services to Business Start-Ups and Entrepreneurship in the 2017 New Year’s honours.