Colin was Head of Planning with Strathclyde Police before launching Foresee Associates in 2009.


From those beginnings, Foresee’s reputation as a leading resilience consultancy has become firmly established.

Colin is proud to lead a highly respected team whose expertise spans every aspect of this work.

Colin McGowan BA


Former Superintendent Colin McGowan established Foresee Associates in 2009, armed with the insights of 30 years’ policing experience.

As Head of Planning with Strathclyde Police, his remit included emergencies planning, major events, hostage crisis negotiations, and counter-terrorism planning.

Since co-founding Foresee (with now-retired John Harkin), Colin has provided bespoke training in resilience, emergency management, and critical-incident decision-making for multi-agency and multi-disciplinary teams.

Projects for the Scottish Resilience Development Service (ScoRDS) include the design and delivery of resilience training at a strategic, tactical and operational level.

He is also the author of Scotland’s national fuel disruption guidance, published in the Scottish Government’s Preparing Scotland.

Colin's debriefing expertise is in constant demand. He is regularly called upon to undertake debriefs on behalf of Scottish Government agencies including Scottish Resilience and Transport Scotland. 


Other national bodies for which he regularly runs debrief training include the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC), ScoRDS, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Resilience, NHS Scotland and Transport Scotland.

As umpire for the Scottish Government, he monitored and critiqued the response of the Strathclyde Emergencies Coordination Group (SECG) during Exercise Castle Rock, part of the UK National Counter-Terrorism Exercise Programme.

Recently he was contracted as the Scottish Government’s global membership officer for a Critical Infrastructure Resilience International Network (CIRINT) project involving 17 countries worldwide.

He trained some 200 head teachers and deputy heads to deal with bomb threats after a spate of hoax calls in 2017.

He’s also provided training, emergency exercising, briefing, debriefing, audit and reviews for Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Courts Administration, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), Blackwood Housing, the Scottish Football Association (SFA), and local authorities across Scotland.

To date, Foresee Associates have worked tirelessly with local authorities across Scotland, including, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Dumfries & Galloway, Angus and West Dunbartonshire, providing highly evaluated training to equip Council Incident Officers fully in their role as Category One Responders working as equal partners with the other emergency services. Incorporating live-play exercises, it complements the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP).

In his former career, Colin’s specialist areas included preparation and response in respect of firearms; public order; counter-terrorism; MOD liaison; threat and risk assessment / mitigation and major incident management. He was a lead planner on the G8 Summit at Gleneagles, and was the architect behind the Scottish Police Information Coordination Centre (S-PICC).

Away from work, Colin is a keen photographer. He freely admits to being something of a computer geek.



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