Welcome to our new COLBEA Chairman

COLBEA is delighted to announce Roy Gover as its new Chairman. Roy is a familiar face, having been involved with COLBEA for more than 20 years, variously as a tenant, non-executive director, sponsor and financial controller.

A Principal of GCG Consulting, a firm specialising in M&A and Franchising, Roy brings a wealth of experience to the role of COLBEA Chairman; having qualified as a Chartered Accountant he enjoyed a post-qualification career in International Banking “Paid for travelling the world? – How good was that!”


He was then appointed to head up Legal and General’s estate agency acquisition team following which he established GCG in 1990. Roy’s experiences add up to a career working with most of the major Financial Institutions with estate agency interests as well as many smaller firms both in the UK and overseas.

Roy Gover Colbea Chairman

How does Roy feel about his new position? Is he excited to play a role in the future of Colchester’s new enterprises? “This appointment is exciting for me, but there’s still lots to do. Everyone always says they’re ‘passionate’ about whatever they do, but almost my entire career’s been start-ups in one way shape or form – so of course I’m passionate about it!”


What is his vision for the future of COLBEA? “Well look, COLBEA has a demonstrable outstanding track record of nurturing local start-ups since 1982. Let’s shout this out loud, do more of the same and ensure COLBEA remains a sustainable service provider and effective conduit for new Essex enterprise.”


Outside of work, Roy’s passion for music – he presents the Classic Rock Show on Hospital Radio Colchester – is shared with time out entertaining friends and family on a big old Great Ouse riverboat ‘Muddy Waters’ – “a pun on my music tastes” he enthuses. He points to his Twitter profile for the rest, although it has become slightly outdated. ‘Lots of glorious daughters, lots of cats, lots of boys toys; loved up with Lorraine except that small part of my heart that is forever QPR’. He smiles “just add Grandchildren to that.”