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Former SAS Commander Colin Maclachlan to give talk to business leaders

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Former SAS Commander and TV star Colin Maclachlan is heading to Manchester next month, giving a talk to business leaders, coders and tech lovers, as part of a debate series hosted by coding school Code Nation.

The event, to which all are welcome, will be begin at 6pm at the Code Nation Manchester campus. Guests on the night will be treated to a special talk from Colin – who will share his fascinating experiences as an SAS commander, elaborating on his mental resilience as well as his new careers in charity work, TV and video games.

Colin – who has appeared in Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins and Channel 5’s Secrets of the SAS, will inspire attendees with his stories. He will also ignite the interest of the audience’s coders and gamers, thanks to his gaming world motion capture roles in Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Red Dead Redemption II and L.A. Noire.

Colin explained: “I’m thrilled to be a part of this event; it’s just great to be out there talking, and sharing what I’ve been through, and how I focus on getting the best out of myself each day. If that can inspire attendees in their own pursuits, whatever they may be, then that’s great.

“I’ve witnessed and been a part of things that could break you, but I’ve channelled those experiences into making me a stronger person mentally and adapt that strength into the variety of career paths I thoroughly enjoy. I really want to convey that on the night.”

And with a coding and gaming audience already signed up to the event, Colin expects the Q&A will be full of questions about his appearances in video games. He continued: “My career’s taken quite a turn and it’s a complete novelty being part of Rockstar Games. I’m sure coders in the room will want to talk about a lot of that which will be fun too.”

Colin also works alongside Calum MacLeod, a former soldier with Kings Own Scottish Borders, on the charity they set up together. Who Dares Cares is a not-for-profit charity which they developed to support people from all walks of life who suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Andy Lord, founder and CEO of Code Nation, concluded: “Colin’s a real highlight in our annual events programme and we cannot thank him enough for giving this talk.”