Colin brings to YTF Consultants a wealth of client-side experience, personal entrepreneurial successes and considerable firsthand knowledge of surviving financial crises (and coming out a winner).

In the past 26 years, he has cumulated an extensive senior executive portfolio across diverse industries, including information technology, telecommunications, transportation, printing, jewelry, automotive, food, manufacturing, electronics and retail.

Prior to founding YTF Consultants in 2006, Colin was recruited as CEO to restructure and turnaround a second-generation manufacturing company saddled with non-performing and bad debts exceeding $15 million as well as more than $5 million of non-releasable assets. By the time he left, the non-performing debt was reduced by 59%, operating costs by 62% and overall headcount by 27%. The company directors were also discharged from their personal guarantees totaling more than $9 million.

"I'm most challenged by assignments that call for restructuring, transformation and/or debt restructuring. These require an all-round understanding of how a sustainable and profitable business should be run and where it should go in the longer term. They call for financial skills, people management, leadership qualities and ownership experience -- exactly the hands-on experience that I have as an entrepreneur and senior corporate executive, and which I'm most eager to share with clients."

Colin’s professional career started with some of Australia’s top 50 public-listed companies: Adelaide Steamship, Mayne Nicholas and TNT Transport. Between 1983 and 2001, he honed his entrepreneurial skills by establishing two highly successful IT and infocomm companies with group sales in excess of $40 million. One of the companies was ranked Australia’s second fastest growing private company in 1990 by Business Review Weekly and PriceWaterhouse. A year later, Colin was named Businessperson of the Year by the National Australia Bank Ethnic Busines Awards. He went on to win Achiever of the Year in 1992 from WAITTA (Western Australia Information Technology and Telecommunications Award), the premier IT&T award in Australia.

Colin's expertise and experience saw him elected chairman of the Electronics Industry Association and the Software Industry Association in Western Australia and appointed adviser to the Government of Western Australia on information technology and small business/entrepreneurship. He also sat on the board of Western Australian Museum, Perth.

He has since taken on many assignments in corporate governance, financial risk management, turnaround, restructure, transformation, mentoring, mediation and M&A for businesses with sales ranging from $1 million to $400 million.

In 2009 he was appointed a Mentor for the Investment and Spin Off Management Division of Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd, a commercial arm of A*STAR Technologies. He is also an independent director of a Singapore Enterprise 50 company and a speaker at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Conference.

Colin is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM), a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute (FAMI) and a Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM). He holds a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University of Technology, majoring in Finance and Marketing.
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