Colin was educated in the Isle of Man and upon leaving the education system in 1989, he joined a small company providing trust and company administration services, where he met David, who was working for the same company.
Colin continued to work with small trust and corporate service providers, obtaining the certificate in Isle of Man Offshore Administration, until 1999 when he joined a large trust and corporate provider on the Island. During the next nine years, Colin worked up the ranks of that company, achieving the position of Supervisor in 2004. Also, during his time at this company, Colin qualified with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, being elected an Associate in June 2006.
Colin’s primary role during this 9 year period was to be responsible for a number of high net worth clients. His portfolio became the most valued and important part of the company’s client base.
In February 2009, he joined Sterling bringing 21 years experience in the offshore financial services environment to his role as Manager. Colin is responsible for overseeing Sterling’s company and trust administration function. In addition, he has the role of Deputy Compliance and Money Laundering Reporting Officer.
A chat with Colin
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
Centre Forward (striker) for Liverpool Football Club – I wanted to be Kenny Dalglish
If you could give a younger version of yourself some advice what would it be?
Don’t worry too much (life’s too short to worry!!!) and be bold with big decisions (again life’s too short…go for it!!)
What infuriates you?
Impatient and rude people
What are your best qualities and worst habits?
Best qualities – honest, conscientious, helpful Worst habits – Worrying too much, sometimes being indecisive (hold on…am I sure?)
Name 5 guests dead or alive you would invite to a dinner party?
Peter Cushing, David Bowie, Alfred Hitchcock, Roald Dahl, Ingrid Pitt
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with my family, listen to music (especially rock music), playing guitar (badly!!), watching old black & white films, supporting the mighty Reds (LFC)!!!!
If you could change one law what would it be?
Stricter punishment and imprisonment for people who abuse animals
Do you prefer Indian or Chinese food or another cuisine?
I prefer Thai Food
Besides the obvious if there was one day you could relive, which one would you pick?
25th May 2005 – the day Liverpool F.C. won its 5th European Cup….”in Instanbul we won it 5 times”
The Manx sea air….from West Coast (Peel) of course!!!
What is the best invention ever?
The electric guitar
When was the last time you hand wrote a letter?
About 5 years ago….to my bank
What was the first concert you attended?
David Bowie – 7th August 1990, Manchester
If you could have a super power what would it be?
It would have to be Invisibility.
Who is the most famous person you’ve met?
I met Kevin Keegan when he was on the IOM for a golf competition
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy?
A round the world cruise for my whole family and also pay off their mortgages
If you could time travel, which era would you visit?
1960s – flower power, the music (start of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks), free love
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Funny, sincere, hard-working
What is the first record you bought?
Stand and Deliver – Adam and the Ants