Colin joined the independent education charity AQA in June 2020. AQA is the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges in England. It sets the exams for around half of all GCSEs and A-levels taken every year by more than one million students. The AQA group includes e-marking provider DRS and Doublestruck, which delivers formative progress tests. AQA is also a partner in Oxford International AQA Examinations, a joint venture with Oxford University Press to deliver its qualifications internationally.
Before joining AQA, Colin was at HarperCollins for eight years. During his time there, he was promoted to MD of Collins Learning, merging the Education, Language and Geo divisions of HarperCollins UK, and he launched Collins India. He also chaired the Education Publishers Council from 2014 to 2018.
Prior to this, he founded Learnthings Ltd – the Guardian’s digital learning business – in 2000, and was appointed Managing Director of Guardian Professional in 2006 and Director, Business and Professional, in 2009. Earlier in his career, Colin worked as a journalist for the Press Association and The Times, before moving to the Independent, where he held roles including Policy Editor and Education Editor, and finally Managing and Deputy Editor.
Colin is a Pro-Chancellor of Middlesex University, having previously chaired its Board, and he is now Chair of the Board of Staffordshire University. He is a former Trustee and lifelong Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, and a Fellow of the RSA, as well as a Trustee of the Aldeburgh Cinema Board and a member of the advisory board of the Norwich-based poetry magazine, The Rialto.