Volunteer profile: Colin Lord September 22, 2015
From the bush to the boatyard, Colin Lord has always enjoyed building things. And in his 11th year of volunteering with MIASF’s Plywood Regatta, he has also played a key role in building boating’s future.
Lord first volunteered with the Plywood Regatta in 2004 while working at Bradford Marine, and stuck with the committee even after temporarily leaving the boating industry.
“I like to give back to the kids, and all the other people involved,” Lord says. “Everybody involved needs help.”
Lord, who grew up in Zimbabwe, enjoys hobbies he picked up in the bush such as shooting clay targets and tracking and teaches local Boy Scouts those skills as well.
Lord also volunteered at this year’s Marine Industry Day and has helped out with various other industry events, including ones hosted by The Triton and National Marine Suppliers, where his wife of 25 years, Sharn Lord, works.
“If you give back, it creates that family type of thing, if I need help, people will help you,” he said.
Lord is currently an independent shipyard project manager who lives in Fort Lauderdale, and he frequently works with his brother, Graeme Lord’s company, Fairport Yacht Support.