Colin Gallagher

Colin Gallagher

Chairman and Director of Research


Colin chairs board meetings, and oversees the implementation of strategy and objectives by the board. Although he doesn’t spend as much time in the office as he used to, he provides highly valuable input to TBR’s strategic direction and his knowledge of economic development in the UK is exploited by colleagues. Colin provides a detailed academic understanding of many of the issues into which TBR researches, and plays an important role in raising the profile of our work. He has managed a wide range of multidisciplinary research projects in economic development including the UK seminal research into the role of small firms in the job creation process that established TBR as a consultancy.

Colin held a Leverhume Fellowship at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at Birmingham University, lectured at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities, and was Alcan Professor of Management at Newcastle University. He has also held academic posts in France, Indonesia and South Africa and examined at London Business School and Henley Management College. We are amazed to see that Colin has published over 200 papers and articles spanning economic development, business policy, and operations management. 

Colin co-founded TBR in 1986 as a spin-out from Newcastle University having been commissioned to complete groundbreaking research for the then Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) into the job creation activity of small firms. Since then Colin has helped TBR to amass a remarkable level of understanding of the methods for analysing local, regional and national economies. 

Colin now lives in Scottish Borders. He plays Lowland and French bagpipes and the flute. He is also a dancing enthusiast, and likes nothing better than a journey around the ballroom floor.