Colin Greenhalgh was born in Sunderland and educated in Leicester before going up to St John’s College, Cambridge, where he read History. He then completed a teacher training course at Nottingham University, which was a prelude to 38 years in the teaching profession, including senior posts in two large comprehensive schools in Berkshire and 18 years as Principal of Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge.
Under Colin’s leadership, Hills Road Sixth Form College developed provision for 3500 adult students, 1600 sixth form students and 1000 members of the local community using the College’s Sports and Tennis Centre every week. Hills Road is now one of the largest and most successful sixth form colleges in the country, with a strong tradition of achievement and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Towards the end of Colin’s time as Principal, the College submitted two successful bids for a Queen’s Anniversary Prize. An Ofsted inspection resulted in a clean sweep of Grade 1s, a unique achievement nationally, which led to the College being awarded Learning and Skills Beacon status.
Since his retirement from Hills Road Sixth Form College, Colin has been Vice-Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie), has worked as an educational consultant for the Government and the University of Cambridge, and has inspected leadership and management for Ofsted. He is currently a Governor of Comberton Village College and of Long Road Sixth Form College.
Colin is married to Vivienne, former Senior Student Counsellor at Anglia Ruskin University, and has three adult children and eight grandchildren, all living locally. His interests include sport, especially cricket and soccer. He is a Member of MCC and MCC Foundation Trust Mentor for the Cambridgeshire Cricket Coaching Hub for pupils attending state schools.
In the New Year Honours List 2003, Colin was awarded a CBE for Services to Further Education. He has been a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire since 1998.