Colin’s most recent high profile charitable work was with his involvement with the National Autistic Society – the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
The charity provides information, support and pioneering services, and campaigns for a better world for people with autism. He resigned as Chairman in 2011 after six years. Under his tenure, he modernised the charity and masterminded a complete change of management, whilst raising awareness of the condition and securing the first disability-specific legislation in the UK, the Autism Act 2009.
Prior to this, from 1997 – 2003, Colin sat on the board of the Rambert Dance Company, the national company for contemporary dance, and a registered charity, founded by Marie Rambert in 1926.