The architect of the multi-agency security plan for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Colin also played a key security role in the Games of 2010 and 2018.

 

He brings years of counter-terrorism experience from his police career – as well as incident and crisis command experience.

 

Now in the private sector, he offers experience-based training, risk assessment, security planning, governance and programme management advice in relation to counter-terrorist security and major event planning.

Colin Martin BA MSyI

LEAD ASSOCIATE

PROTECTIVE SECURITY & EVENT PLANNING

A former Superintendent with Police Scotland, Colin is a highly experienced strategic manager and Counter-Terrorist Security Coordinator (CT SecCo).


His skills, knowledge and experience have been recognised nationally and internationally – particularly in developing systems, controls, processes and protocols related to counter-terrorist protective security for major events and venues from concept to implementation.


During his police career he gained a wealth of operational experience in:
•    armed response,
•    crisis and hostage negotiation,
•    incident and event command, and
•    counter-terrorist protective security.


He was the police Strategic CT SecCo for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. This role saw him responsible for designing the overarching multi-agency security operation for the entire event – including the opening and closing ceremonies, sporting venues, live sites and transport network. As the primary advisor to the Games Security Gold Commander, he developed all contingencies for security emergencies and oversaw the coordination and interoperability of the police, military and private security-sector plans.


Colin was afforded unprecedented access to the CT planning process for the 2012 Olympic Games and was extensively deployed alongside Metropolitan Police CT specialists in London during the event.


He was also the operational security lead for the Scottish multi-agency deployment to the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.
Between 2014 and 2018 he provided advisory support and conducted peer reviews for Queensland Police in relation to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.


A qualified CT SecCo for over 10 years, he has also been involved in the design of protective security operations for numerous other sites and events. These include airport security, music festivals, royal visits, powerboat racing and the Scottish International Air Show.


He regularly provides training in Risk Assessment and has recently been approved as an associate trainer for the UK College of Policing in relation to CT Protective Security.


In addition to these specialisms, he has a wealth of incident and crisis command experience. He is a former Premier League Football Match Commander and was a Tactical Firearms Commander.


He has also led the policing response to numerous other spontaneous and planned events. In particular he was the Police ‘Gold’ Commander for the Glen Kinglass aircraft crash in 2015; the January 2018 weather emergency where hundreds of snowbound drivers were trapped overnight on the M74; and the Glasgow School of Art fire in June 2018.