Colin founded PassivSystems in 2008 following extensive research into zero-carbon homes and the roll-out of smart meters to domestic homes in Italy. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and an Advisory Board Member to UCL’s International Energy Institute. He is a founding member of Energy UK’s New Energy Services & Heat Committee and his company is a member of the Smart Power Industries Alliance.
He is a regular speaker at local and international conferences including World Energy Congress, United Nations sustainable Energy for All and World Economic Forum (WEF). His company has won numerous awards including WEF Technology Pioneer, Global Cleanteh 100 and UCL Knowledge Transfer Business of the Year.
In 1996 Colin founded Paragon, a software company focused on synchronising data between mobile phones, desktop applications and web-based services, which he sold 3 years later for $500 million to phone.com. In 1999 he was a winner of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Along with his work in the technology sector, Colin has also held the positions of Director of X/Open (now The Open Group), a global consortium of technology manufacturers working to promote open standards in the field of information technology. He has also acted as an advisor to the European Commission, European Parliament and the UK Parliamentary Affairs Committee on proposed changes to European legislation permitting the reverse engineering of interface specifications, a change which led to the dramatic rise of open systems and distributed computing.