Colin F Bailey was brought up in a farming community in Lincolnshire and educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle, and the University of Sheffield.

He joined the Lincolnshire Constabulary in October 1960 as a Police Cadet and was appointed to the regular force on 6th November 1962. Progressing up the ranks, he was appointed Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire in 1995.  His period in command saw many innovations including the introduction of Major Crime Investigation Units; a National Fingerprint Identification system; a Police Helicopter jointly with the Derbyshire Constabulary; and the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) initiative in all Primary Schools throughout Nottinghamshire.   Colin was delighted that D.A.R.E. was the benficiary of a major concert at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham held to mark the Choir’s Centenary in 2008.

He was awarded the Queens Police Medal (QPM) in the Queens Birthday Honours in 1993.  He retired in June 2000.

In his retirement, Colin has lectured nationally on Major Crime Investigation; he chaired the Macmillan Cancer Support Nottinghamshire Appeal; he was a member of the Central Television Regional Advisory Council and continues to be a member of the Nottinghamshire Scouts Business Trust.

Colin was appointed President of Carlton Male Voice Choir in 2005.