Colin is one of New Zealand's leading Information Technology Certified Professionals, a status conferred by the New Zealand Computer Society. He is a Fellow and Past President of InternetNZ, a technology commentator in the media, and an invited speaker and chair of conferences and meetings.
Colin is first and foremost an IT strategic advisor with a wide span of experience and expertise. His specialist areas include the design and implementation of technology services, security and risk management, government service delivery via the Internet, finance and banking, and procurement and project management.
Capable of combining appropriate technological solutions with specific business requirements, Colin has a long association and extensive involvement in the creation of policies regarding cyber-security, privacy, trust and intellectual property issues as they relate to the Internet.
Formal training in advanced mathematics and information technology preceded Colin's initiation into computer use and internet strategies. He was hired by the New Zealand Government in 1993 as its first ever Internet Policy Advisor, and has retained a significant presence as a leader, advisor and mentor in this domain.
Colin has a robust understanding of, and experience in, systems review, evaluation and selection, structuring and staffing IT departments. Adept at managing teams, Colin is a skilled negotiator with a personable style that achieves respect. As Technology Implementation Manager for a government agency he was deeply involved with technology strategy, procurement, design, contract negotiation, and vendor and implementation management. With this role, as with others, he worked within budget and to challenging timeframes.
Colin travels widely in his work on the global Internet, and to advise governments on their use of technology. Currently, Colin is developing a risk framework for the global Internet domain name system on behalf of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); a non-profit corporation which coordinates and defines policies on how the Internet should run. He is also helping the Central Bank of Papua New Guinea implement a modern electronic payments system.
A concise and thoughtful communicator with strong analytical abilities, Colin skilfully bridges the gap between technology and business. His gift for making technical issues accessible to lay people was developed significantly over three years as Technology Correspondent for Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon programme.
Colin holds a BA and MA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge. He also holds qualifications in Managing IT Projects from Cranfield University.
When not working or travelling, Colin enjoys exploring New Zealand's great outdoors, and conducts a campaign against the rabbits on his South Island property.