Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sir Colin Turner

It is with great sadness that OPMA reports the passing of Sir Colin Turner CBE DFC (1922-2014) Sir Colin was an outstanding, inspirational and distinguished ambassador for the international advertising industry. He was President of L.A.B.E.N.O and L.A.C.N.O (OPMA’s forbearers) and is rightly credited for laying the foundation stones that underpinned OPMA’s inception. Not only was he founding President of OPMA (65-67) but went on to serve as Guide editor, Treasurer and Hon. Secretary. In recognition of his huge contribution to The Association he was made Life President in 1982.  Sir Colin’s tireless efforts enshrined the principles of exclusive representation and professional conduct, which today are as vitally important as then.

Sir Colin Turner


Born in 1922 and educated at Highgate School he volunteered at 18 years of age for RAF training. Having qualified as an observer he went on to complete his training in South Africa as bomber crew. He completed 83 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Invalided out of active service following  a plane crash he went on to join his father’s firm, later founding The Colin Turner Group. This Company was one of the most respected and important media representative businesses.


As well as enjoying a successful business career he was elected Conservative MP in 1959 representing West Woolwich for 5 years. During this time he was intimately involved in committee work where his expertise and knowledge of foreign markets was highly prized. He remained active in later years via his work with The Royal Air Forces Association and The Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council.


He was awarded the CBE in 1985 and in 1993 was Knighted in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List


Sir Colin was without doubt a huge figure in the arena of worldwide media representation.  The international media community owes him a large debt of gratitude for his considerable work in forging a transparent, honest and effective business model that survives today. He leaves his widow Evelyn (Lady Turner), daughter Susan, sons Anthony, Nigel, Christopher, 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. We extend our condolences to his family and friends.

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