During his tenure as Senior Partner, Colin has ensured that improving gender diversity is a key business priority, leading the firm to greater positive action to progress more women through to partnership and into senior management positions. Under Colin’s leadership the percentage of female partners has increased from 12% to 22%, and the firm has experienced its second consecutive year of 40% plus internal partner promotions for women. Colin sponsors two female Managing Associates in their route to partnership, and chairs quarterly gender balance meetings with the firm’s gender balance partner lead, steering committee and the co-chairs of the firm’s women’s Network, The Number One Club. Externally, in June, Colin spoke on the panel of a Women’s Business Alliance event at Morgan Stanley to mark the first 100 years of female solicitors in the UK, where he discussed the steps that Simmons & Simmons have taken towards increasing gender diversity. He has also been involved in a charity called Sport Gives Back, the brainchild of a former UK athlete Connie Henry, aiming encourage social mobility through sport.