He assumed command of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment in Jan
2001. He led the battalion on operations in East Tyrone, and was
subsequently awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service on
the Fireman's strike and in Iraq during the last Gulf War.
During the 2nd Gulf War, Colonel Collins televised motivational
speeches to his troops before battle inspired the nation as no other
commander had done since the dark days of World War 2. Despite the heavy
fighting around Basra he brought his unit home without the loss of a
This was followed by the award of an OBE in 2003. After Promotion to
Colonel he was Project Director for a Peace Support Training Centre in
Sarajevo before taking up the appointment of Colonel in Charge of
training in HQ Land Command in Dec 2003. He retired from the Army in
2004 and is now an author and broadcaster. He has recently published his
first book 'Rules of Engagement', an account of his time in command.
Colonel Collins is a charismatic figure who is comfortable in a
command situation. His grasp of modern management techniques is superb,
drawing on his own experiences informed by previous military events, he
shows how lessons learnt on the battlefield are just as relevant in the
boardroom and beyond. There are very few who can equal him as a 'power'
speaker and as a former British Army battalion commander (750 men) his
motivational skills are unsurpassable.
As a leadership or motivational speaker
there can be few to equal Tim Collins but he is also a convivial and
jovial after dinner speaker and an ideal guest for the evening after
"Everything went very well with Tim
Collins. I personally thought he was extremely good and the feedback I
have received to date has been excellent."
North West Health Authority on Col Tim Collins who spoke at a
management conference in October 2008