Colin MacLachlan

Colin MacLachlan

  • SAS Who Dares Wins
  • Leadership and Resilience
  • Security Speaker

Colin MacLachlan is a former SAS operative with over 25 years of experience in security and high-risk environments.

Colin starred in Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins and Channel 5’s Secrets of the SAS.

MacLachlan joined the Royal Scots in 1989, and after nine years, he passed SAS selection first time.


Colin’s Special Forces team were involved in some of the most daring and high profile SAS missions in the past two decades.

Few people have taken part in hostage negotiations, hostage rescue operations and also been taken hostage – Colin is one of them.

He waded through swamps in Sierra Leone on one mission, hunting down the ‘West Side Boys’, a guerrilla gang holding 11 British soldiers hostage. It was a mission so dangerous they nicknamed it ‘Operation Certain Death’ – its official name was Operation Barras.

The SAS teams secured the hostages’ building and neutralised any West Side Boys.

Furthermore, MacLachlan was the first sniper on the scene when a hijacked flight with 180 passengers landed at Stansted. Sparking a four-day stand-off, it was the most prolonged standing hostage siege in the UK.

Four years later, Colin was on the other side of a rescue mission when terrorists held him hostage in Basra. Blindfolded, battered and stripped naked, he had a gun pressed to his head and the trigger pulled as his captors held mock executions. Colin survived long enough for British troops to rescue him due to the terrorists wanting to film his suffering in a propaganda video before his planned execution.

Colin left 22 SAS shortly after completing an exchange programme with Delta Force and Seal Team 6.

He has since provided security consultancy for the Saudi Royal Family, Celebrities and U.S Media Networks.

Colin has also had several gaming roles in Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Red Dead Redemption 2 and L.A. Noire.

Colin starred in Series 1 of Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins before leaving in 2016.

Furthermore, Colin has a First Class MA (Hons.) in History from Edinburgh University and an M.Litt in Terrorism from St. Andrews University.


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Colin MacLachlan was excellent and had everyone captivated from start to finish. All of the people who attended had nothing but high praise and brilliant comments. I cannot recommend highly enough for Colin’s services and professionalism