Colonel Tim Collins


An inspiring speaker, combining extensive experience of active service with broad and detailed knowledge of global military and political history, Tim is in demand as an authority on teamwork, leadership and motivation.

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Tim Collins was born in Belfast and educated in The Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Queen’s University Belfast where he read Economics. He was commissioned into the Army in 1981 and joined the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rangers in Berlin.

After completing several operational tours (including Northern Ireland and the Falklands) he became aide to the Chief of Staff in the UN in Cyprus. He served as a staff officer for a short period in 1992 before attending the Army Command and Staff Course where he gained an MA. He served in a variety of staff roles before returning to the Royal Irish Regiment as a company commander.

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel at thirty-eight and was posted to London in December 1998. He assumed command of 1 R IRISH in January 2001, and led the Battalion in East Tyrone (where he was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service), on the Fireman’s strike and in Iraq during the Second Gulf War.

He was awarded the OBE in 2003. Promoted to Colonel, he was Project Director for the Peace Support Training Centre in Sarajevo and then took charge of training at HQ Land Command in December 2003.

He left the Army in August 2004. Tim’s autobiography Rules of Engagement was published by Headline in May 2005 and went straight onto the Sunday Times Bestseller
List at No. 3 where it stayed for several weeks.

Tim has been the subject of the BBC’s Real Story and has contributed as a talking head to a wide range of television programmes.

He has recently been engaged by, amongst others, the House of Commons,
The CIPS, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, the British North American Group, Avanta Management Services and Oxford and Cambridge Unions.


"I would ask that you please pass on our thanks to Colonel Collins for his inspirational speech that far exceeded the brief and expectations. He has an uncanny understanding of the many problems which we wanted to share with our dealer network and he helped turn our negatives into positives, his speech was truly uplifting for our Subaru dealers in these difficult economic times. Colonel Collins words and presentation style is gripping, his humour was intelligent and sharp and I know he engaged well with the whole audience, both young and old. "

Subaru (UK) Ltd

"He was funny, interesting, and made a perfect link between his own experience and our business. The audience loved his speech. A lot of people were writing down some of the comments he made, they asked a lot of questions and were really engaged by his speech / stories. Big success!



"Very well received by the audience – comments were that they found it very refreshing and inspirational.



"Tim gave a very entertaining after dinner speech which he pitched perfectly to our young people receiving awards for their completed apprenticeships. The adventures he recounted were put in perspective for the audience providing real life lessons with great humour. Highly recommended.


TTE Training Ltd



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