A former SAS Soldier, Colin MacLachlan has spent over 25 years continually dealing with scenarios of security and high-risk. Involved in several of the most high-profile SAS missions, Colin is one of few who can say they have both rescued hostages and been a hostage themself. Now a sought after speaker Colin is establishing himself as a frequent fixture for motivational speeches about his time in the military and the life lessons he learnt in life-risking situations.Book Colin MacLachlan Today!
Colin began his military career joining the Army in 1989, where he served in the Royal Scots for 9 years. The SAS soon became of interest to Colin, passing selection into 22 SAS first time aged just 23. From that point on Colin was at the forefront of some of the most perilous SAS missions of recent times. He was faced with his most daring mission, nicknamed Operation Certain Death, back in 2000. Wading through the swamps of Sierra Leone on the hunt for the West Side Boys, Colin was aiming to rescue British soldiers who were being held hostage by the guerilla gang. Alongside his fellow SAS soldiers, Colin was able to rescue the hostages and neutralise the West Side Boys.
Proving himself to be a brave and committed soldier, Colin was trusted with more critical missions. Also in 2000, Colin was the first sniper on the scene when a hijacked plane landed at Stanstead Airport. Prominently remembered as the longest hostage siege on UK soil, Colin found himself amongst a four-day long stand-off. Unfortunately, Colin has not always been on the successful side of missions. Deployed to Basra on a rescue mission, Colin soon found himself to be the one that needed rescuing after he was taken hostage. Held alive for use in propaganda, he was fortunate to survive long enough to be rescued by British troops just after a mock execution was performed on him.
After this experience, Colin exchanged his role in the SAS to join Delta Force and Seal Team 6. He also worked to provide security for several high-profile clients such as A-level celebrities and the Saudi Royal Family. He is now best known for featuring in the Channel 4 programme SAS Who Dares Wins and Channel 5’s Secrets of the SAS. Colin is also well educated, receiving an M.Litt in Terrorism from St. Andrews University and a First Class MA in History from Edinburgh University. He also dedicates his time to a number of charitable organisations such as the Lee Rigby Foundation, NSPCC and Pilgrim Bandits. He also founded Who Dares Cares, a charity with a passion to support veterans who are coping with stress.
With such a diverse and exciting career, Colin has built a plethora of inspiring tales and adopted invaluable life lessons along the way. In his public speaking addresses, he is able to deliver authoritatively on subjects such as negotiation, change management, risk, peak performance, leadership, teamwork, motivation and mental resilience. Truly thought-provoking, Colin is the perfect choice to deliver keynotes across the country.
"The talk was fantastic thanks. The pitch was perfect and the messages were so relevant to the pupils' lives. I've already suggested to the headteacher we look to secure funding to book Colin for a whole year group talk next year." - Cath, Llantwit School
"Can you please pass on our thanks to Colin for his input at our conference yesterday. He absolutely kept us all enthralled with stories about his pathway through life and how he has overcome so many different and extreme (to say the least!) challenges. His ability to entertain us all whilst sharing key messages about leadership was truly amazing. It was just what we all needed at a time when heads are feeling a little jaded and tired because of current circumstances. The feedback has been so positive with one comment in particular making me smile ….. ‘well, it has certainly put any problems I may face tomorrow in school into perspective, bring it on!'" - Kathy, Education Improvement Adviser, Nottinghamshire County Council
"The event went great and great feedback so far on Colin. Thanks again for everything, I appreciate last min turn around but we got there in the end. I appreciate Colin's quick turn around too, we thanked him again this morning. It was great to hear his stories, some very surreal! Many thanks" - Laura, Reach
"Just WOW! Me and my team are just speechless, and I am very sure that our viewers were so inspired by your session! Thank you so much for doing this for us, the content and everything was just spot on. We especially loved the humour and impressions! What a life you have lived so far" - St James Place Wealth Management
"Just a quick note to say thank you for your help organising a speaker for our staff event. Colin was amazing, he had the room hooked and we have had loads of positive feedback, please pass on our thanks. I just don't know how we will top him next year!" - Alison, PA & Office Manager, Keepmoat Homes
"I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that the session this morning was amazing! Colin was incredible, definitely the BEST speaker event I have been to in years... in fact, I think I could even say... ever! We had some fantastic feedback from across the business and 40 people have already watched the recording... I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you! The session would not have been possible without your speedy replies and engagement so thank you! I am hoping that I might have some speaker events in the coming months so it might not be long until you hear from me again" - Claudia, RPC
"Colin was great , he hit the spot in terms of content and related his experiences to our business. The guys loved him and all the woman loved him even more! So a big hit." - Leigh, Complete Office Solutions
"Just wanted to let you know that Colin was absolutely brilliant and lovely. Such a humble gentleman, he had everyone enthralled and they did not want him to leave. I only wish I had asked him to stay longer. The presentation itself was perfect, a great blend of informative, funny and corporate/business messaging; and what a lovely lovely guy. Really appreciate you recommending him, we would definitely book him again he was a big hit. Thanks again." - Caroline, Property Services
"Thanks for all of your help arranging for Colin to speak to our team yesterday. Colin was excellent and I’ve had extremely positive feedback." - Matthew, RBS
"We booked Colin MacLachlan for an event we held for our operational senior leadership team. Booking Colin was super easy and straight forward, the team at Champions were very reactive and responded quickly to my questions which gave me peace of mind organising such a large event. Colin was beyond great. He adapted his presentation to the level of the attendees and tailored each story to the team in a way they could relate to in their day to day operational role. Colin was a powerful speaker and his venerability inspired the audience to ask well thought through questions. The whole experience was easy and I would recommend Champions and Colin for your future event." - Shelley, Nationwide Building Society
"We had Colin MacLachlan as a guest speaker at RAF Cosford. This was a very eagerly anticipated talk with over 125 personnel attending and it went down a storm. As well as being an engaging and humorous speaker, he had the audience hanging on his every word as he spoke very openly about his tough upbringing and early career in the Army before moving on to complete selection for the SAS. Not just focussing on the impressive military skills he possesses he also used his talk to show how resilience, mental health and determination is an integral part of a Special Forces Operative. He spoke for well over an hour and then fielded the many questions that the audience had. The response back from the attendees has been all very positive, with written praise including such words/terms as: ‘Inspirational’, ‘I was transfixed from the moment it started to the moment it finished – Brilliant!’ and ‘The best guest speaker we have had here in years’." - Steve, Force Development Training Squadron
"Colin was great! Our delegates did not move while he was on stage, they were completely engaged right from the beginning. Colin had a great way of talking about very deep and tricky events from his past in a light-hearted a fun way. Our customers, vendors and staff have been raving about how fantastic Colin was. He was the star of the show and I would recommend Colin to anyone who wants to engage their audience, wow them, and keep the message related back to business in a very clever way. A big thank you to Colin for everything!" - Megan, Data Select
"Colin was an amazing speaker and his insights really flowed well with the conversation focus of the discussion. Thank you so much for all your help!" - Meriel, Hatch PR
"Many thanks for sorting Colin for this morning. He was fantastic and all the staff have been raving about him all day. Please pass on our thanks to him- he was brilliant!" - Sarah, NET Academies
"It went great, everyone seemed to really enjoy his talk and were engaged in it. I personally liked how he linked a lot of it to organisations so that it was also relatable to us. Personally couldn’t have asked for a better speaker, I would highly recommend Colin to others" - Jessica, Schlumberger
"Colin was great as per usual thanks! It was a slightly smaller event but it went down really well"- SideTrade
- 2015 - Principal Security Adviser for SCC Global & Project Manager for the Stirling Group
- 2013 - Project Manager for ALTOR Risk Group
- 2011 - Private Wealth Management Analyst for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
- 2010 - Project Manager for Edinburgh Cyrenians
- 2009 - Motion Capture Artist for Rockstar North
- 2006 - Owner of Blade
- 2006 - Security Consultant for Pilgrims Group Ltd
- 1998 - Special Forces Commander
- 1989 - Sergeant Major in the 1st Battalion of The Royal Scots