Colonel Tim Collins OBE

Hero of the Iraq War


Arguably, there can be no more a motivational speaker than the person who gets troops fired up to go into battle, knowing that they face incredible danger and maybe even risk losing their lives. Former SAS member Colonel Tim Collins is such a person.

It is said that a copy of Collins’ speech to troops before the 2003 invasion of Iraq hangs in the US President’s Oval office in the White House. Among the motivational phrases Collins passed on to members of 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment are “the enemy should be in no doubt that we are his nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction”, “if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory” and “we go to liberate, not to conquer”.

Collins wanted to be a soldier from a very young age and as soon as he left university he attended the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. During his career, motivational speaker Tim served in the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Germany and Northern Ireland.

A year after taking his troops into Iraq and being awarded the OBE, Tim Collins retired from the army and set up the defence contractor firm New Century. The company – whose biggest client is the US government – is said to include former soldiers as well as ex members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and the British police unit Special Branch. Collins has said that his company’s training methods are based on those used by these two bodies in the 1970s and ‘80s.

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“Very well received by the audience – comments were that they found it very refreshing and inspirational.” – Thales

“Our senior management have been cascading the messages down and I have heard several of them give direct quotes from Colonel Collins’ presentation.”  – Camelot Business

“Tim was the most popular part of the day. His speech really struck a chord and provided an incredible amount of perspective.” – Deloitte

“Tim gave a very entertaining after dinner speech which he pitched perfectly to our young people who were receiving awards for their completed apprenticeships. The adventures he recounted were put in perspective for the audience, providing real life lessons with great humour. Highly recommended.”  – TTE Training Ltd

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