Colin Maclachlan is a former SAS soldier.
He has more than 25 years of security and risk related experience.
Colin is best known for appearing in Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins and Channel 5’s Secrets of the SAS.
Maclachlan joined the Royal Scots in 1989 and after 9 years he passed SAS selection first time.
He was involved in some of the most high profile and daring SAS missions in recent time.
Only a handful of men have been involved in hostage negotiations, hostage rescue and been a hostage themselves – Colin is one of them.
On one mission, he waded through swamps in Sierra Leone hunting down the ‘West Side Boys‘, a guerrilla gang holding 11 British soldiers hostage. It was a mission so dangerous they nicknamed it ‘Operation Certain Death’ – it’s official name was Operation Barras.
The SAS teams secured the hostages’ building and neutralised any West Side Boys.
Furthermore, Maclachlan was the first sniper on the scene when a hijacked flight with 180 passengers landed at Stansted. Sparking a four day stand-off, it was the longest standing hostage siege in the UK to date.
Four years later, Colin found himself on the other side of a rescue mission after he was taken hostage in Basra.
Blindfolded, battered and stripped naked, he had a gun pressed to his head and the trigger pulled, as his captors held mock executions. Colin only survived long enough for British troops to rescue him because the terrorists wanted to film his suffering in a propaganda video before they executed him.
“Colin Maclachlan was excellent and had everyone captivated from start to finish. All of the people who attended had nothing but high praise and brilliant comments and I cannot recommend highly enough for Colin’s services and professionalism”
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Colin left the SAS shortly after completing an exchange programme with Delta Force and Seal Team 6.
He has since provided security consultancy for the Saudi Royal Family, Celebrities and US Media Networks.
Colin has a First Class MA (Hons.) in History from Edinburgh University and also an M.Litt in Terrorism from St. Andrews University.
As a keynote speaker, Colin Maclachlan delivers presentations on topics including: