7 Apr 2014
It is with regret that we share the news that Colin Borg has passed away.
Colin will be sadly missed, not least for his continual support and commitment to SCI. An active member of SCI since 2000, Colin contributed to many areas of SCI's work, both in governance and as a member.
Colin was a committee member of the Science and Enterprise Group. He was also Chair of the Marketing and Development Advisory Committee (MDAC) until July 2013, when it was amalgamated into the Membership Affairs Committee (MAC). As chair of MDAC, Colin also served on the Board of Trustees. Most recently Colin was a member of MAC and a member of the Publications Advisory Committee (PAC) since 2010. Colin also sat on the organising committee for the successful Public Evening Lecture series.
With a career in advertising, PR and journalism, Colin has played a major role in SCI marketing. He created the theme line 'where science meets business'. Most recently, Colin was instrumental to the development of the SCI brochure. He wrote the text for the brochure, and guided the choice of imagery and its design to deliver a very impactful promotional tool for SCI.
Colin began his career in advertising as a copywriter with one of the major London advertising agencies, rapidly becoming a creative group head on major grocery and pharmaceutical brands.
He was a founder director of the Butler Dennis & Garland ad agency, where he was responsible for the successful launch of Flymo mowers. He then founded the Butler Borg marketing and public relations agency, where his clients included Holiday Inn, Siemens, Helena Rubinstein cosmetics and British Steel; he was heavily involved in the successful privatisation of the latter and its re-launch as Corus.
Colin was for a number of years a judge for the Hotel Marketing Awards, and a judge in a global awards scheme for over-the-counter medicines. He has also acted as a tutor and speaker for the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.
He headed up a marketing and public relations consultancy where clients include Royal Mail, the North Norfolk heritage steam railway, yacht brokerage and a major marketing support organisation in the global OTC medicine field.
Colin's career also included a spell as a bus conductor with the East Kent Road Car Company. He enjoyed this so much that it carried over into his off-duty interests which revolved around transport and social history. He was a volunteer with the London Transport Museum and the Brooklands London Bus Museum.
Our thoughts are with Colin's family at this time.