Colin is the vice-chair of Versus Arthritis’ Patient Insight Network and the patient member of their Advisory Group on Pain. He is also currently a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group on Chronic Pain. He has been a science communicator for 20 years, and currently chairs the judges for the Big Bang UK Young Scientist and Young Engineer of the Year Competition and the Scientific Review Committee which supports the judges in selecting the UK’s nominees to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Colin also takes a keen interest in customer service issues, and until recently worked for the Consumer Council for Water as a Local Consumer Advocate, championing water and sewerage service consumers’ interests in North East England. Colin has particular interests in equal access to services and places for people with disabilities and finding better ways to harness the power of multiple disciplines to solve intractable problems.