Colin Armstrong


Group Legal Director / Company Secretary

Colin began his career as a private practice solicitor specialising in corporate and commercial law. Dual qualified in both Scotland and England, he trained with Dundas & Wilson in Scotland before spending eight years in the City, first with Slaughter and May and then Ashurst.

In 1997 Colin joined National Express Group plc to create and head a new in-house Legal and Company Secretarial Department. He was invited to join Northern Leisure plc two years later where he was part of and advised its senior management team negotiating and completing the recommended public takeover of Northern Leisure by Luminar plc.

Colin then spent six years at AutoLogic Holdings plc, Europe’s largest listed automotive logistics company, before joining Merlin in 2007, shortly after the company’s acquisition of The Tussauds Group. Colin now heads Merlin's Legal and Company Secretarial Department providing operational and strategic advice and managing the internal and external legal and company secretarial support for the Group worldwide.

Colin is married with three sons and a daughter and lives in Winchester. He is a keen runner at 10k and half marathon distances.