The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences named Colin Barrow CBE Honorary Doctor of Letters for his dedicated career, political activity and services to local government. For twelve years, he was Managing Director of E.D. & F. Man, bringing what are now known as hedge fund products to investors and private banks across the world.
In May 2002, he was elected to Westminster City Council to represent Hyde Park Ward, and from 2008 to 2012 has been Leader of the Council. His instruction enabled a substantial development programme to commence, which included the building and renewal of social housing, raising of educational standards in state schools and diverting troubled families away from crime, drug-use and anti-social behaviour. Colin has also encouraged diversity in education, with over 130 different languages now being spoken in Westminster City Council Schools. He was awarded a CBE in 2004 for services to local government.