Colin West was born in Subiaco & grew up in the semi-rural setting of Bullsbrook and Chittering Valley in WA. He attended Bullsbrook DHS and Governor Stirling SHS completing his Leaving Certificate.
He commenced working with the State Electricity Commission (now Western Power) as a clerical assistant and studied accountancy at WAIT (now Curtin Uni). His interest in education & sport led him to enrolling at Mt Lawley Teachers College to study primary teaching, majoring in physical education.
Graduating from MLTC he taught in Bunbury for 15 years, completing a Bachelor of Education, before taking up a role as South West Football Development Officer.
Moving to Perth in 1994, Colin took up the role of Junior Development Manager with the WA Football Commission before going on to more senior roles as State AFL Auskick Manager and General Manager of Football Development. In 2012, he was appointed State Manager of AFL SportsReady, traineeship & apprenticeships, before moving to his current position as Schools Manager for The Fathering Project in November 2014. In this role he assist fathers and father figures to form “Champion” Dads’ Groups in WA schools. These important groups make it easy and fun for Dads and their children to be involved in enjoyable and social activities.
The work of Dr Bruce Robinson, in motivating dads “to be the best dads they can be“, has inspired him to join The Fathering Project and passionately advocate this critical message in our schools.
Colin is married with two adult daughters & a new grandson. He played league football for WAFL club Swan Districts, has been active as a volunteer sports coach and enjoys playing Golf.