Colin is a Chartered Surveyor and for thirty years has worked for an international firm of property consultants responsible for their Scottish business, based in Edinburgh. He lives on a 412 hectare livestock farm in the Scottish Borders which achieved Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) accreditation in 2014 and the Telegraph RSPB Nature of Farming Award for Scotland. 

He has been involved with the steering committee of Borders FWAG (Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group) and was a Trustee of Borders Forest Trust.  He is a Trustee for a large estate in the Borders with substantial farming, forestry and sporting interests.  He is also involved in the restoration and improvement of another estate in the region where there is considerable emphasis on conservation and environmental improvement.