Tim Collins

Former Military Officer Who Was Awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

  • Appointed OBE for service in Iraq
  • Promoted to Colonel
  • Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment
  • Awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service

Former British Military Officer, Col. Tim Collins is best known for the role he played in the Iraq war in 2003. Famed for his speech to the 1st Royal Irish Battle Group of 2003, in which his words “the enemy should be in no doubt that we are his nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction”, “if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory” and “we go to liberate, not to conquer” have gone down in history.

After obtaining a degree in economics, Tim began his military training. He joined the British Army as a second lieutenant for the Royal Signals soon after and worked his way up, becoming the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment. Tim has taken part in multiple high-profile operations as an aid to the UN Chief of Staff and the Project Director of the Peace Support Training Centre, receiving an OBE for his outstanding contributions.

Since leaving the army, Tim has appeared on Today on the BBC on a Panorama special Forgotten Heroes and was the host of the three-part documentary called ‘Ships That Changed the World’. He has also written Rules of Engagement: A Life In Conflict, a heartfelt book featuring personal tales of his diverse and demanding career. A testament to his relatability and ability to communicate his experiences, Tim’s views on military issues are widely sought- after.

Now focusing his efforts on further sharing his military experience, Tim regularly applies what he has learnt to the corporate world as a popular public speaker. With knowledge on leadership, teamwork, performing under pressure and peak performance, to name a few, Tim offers actionable strategies that can be readily applied to guarantee success in the corporate world. As a charismatic figure, Tim will captivate any audience, now available to book for your virtual event or webinar.

Official Testimonials

Tim Collins is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:

“Tim gave a very entertaining after dinner speech which he pitched perfectly to our young people who were receiving awards for their completed apprenticeships. The adventures he recounted were put in perspective for the audience, providing real life lessons with great humour. Highly recommended.”

TTE Training Ltd

“Tim was the most popular part of the day. His speech really struck a chord and provided an incredible amount of perspective.”


“Very well received by the audience – comments were that they found it very refreshing and inspirational.”


“Inspiring, funny and above all practical about what gets people committed.”


To enquire about Tim Collins for your next virtual event or webinar, simply contact The Online Speakers Agency via agent@virtualonlinespeakersagency.com or call a booking agent on 0203 9317 391.