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Colin Robbins

Consulting Fellow

Colin’s background is in the private and HE sectors, with proven leadership and motivational skills and high standards. He’s an enthusiastic team player who believes in focused objectives and rewarding success.

He is a confident decision-maker able to rapidly evaluate and prioritise information with excellent communication skills encouraging positive interaction with both superiors and staff.

For 12 years prior to his retirement from the post in 2018, Colin held the position of Director of Estates and Facilities at Reading University. Here, he strategically led a team of 800+ staff through the delivery of over £600m of capital projects, including a major campus development overseas. He was also responsible for overseeing the disposal of over £150m of assets, bringing capital funding into the University to support its ambitious development programme.

Colin was also responsible for turning around a failing in-house catering service, to a position of delivering a significant positive financial contribution to the University each year.

Having qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1982, Colin’s quantity surveying career developed in a professional office for the first decade. On appointment as a Fellow of the RICS in 1993 his career progressed and broadened into wider Project Management and Estate Management roles, with spells in three client organisations. This included Head of Property at UCL and, following a brief 4-year spell as MD of the company in which he had first trained, returning to the HE sector for over 12 years.

Colin has excellent insight into the many challenges and opportunities that exist in our universities. He fully understands the need for rapidly changing, dynamic structures while considering and respecting many decades of tradition.