Colin Maclachlan joined the Royal Scots when he was 15. He spent 10 years in the Regiment and then a further 12 years as a member of the SAS. He left the armed forces in his late 30s and studied history at Edinburgh University where he gained a first class honours degree. He is a trained hostage negotiator and now works as a security consultant and emergency planner. He was one of the elite team of special forces veterans on the Channel 4 TV series SAS: Who Dares Wins.