Colin Penter lives in Perth but was born in Albany on WA’s southern coast where his family ran a small business for over 60 years. He left Albany at 17 and moved to the city for tertiary study and sport.

He holds graduate and post graduate qualifications and for the last 20 years has worked as a freelance social policy and social justice consultant and researcher.

He writes independently on issues of social and economic justice, corporate power, civil society and the not-for profit sector and social action, and actively campaigns on these issues. He has worked in small business, consultancy and research, the NFP sector, public sector, tertiary education and public schools. He played first class cricket for Western Australia.

He is involved in campaigns against corporate power, privatisation, outsourcing and the corporate takeover of public services, the NFP and civil society sector.

He blogs at http://wwwcolinpenter.blogspot.com.au/ and http://civilsocietyandthengoworld.blogspot.com.au/