Colette was born in Scotland where she attended Glasgow College of Technology (now Glasgow Caledonian University) and earned a Bachelor of Arts with distinctions in Accounting. In 1990 she moved to Jersey, Channel Islands to start her career as an auditor and sit for the Chartered Accountant exams (the UK equivalent of a CPA) with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). Colette worked with PWC in Jersey, auditing mutual funds, merchant banks, private banks and trust companies.
Colette was trained as a specialist in assessing internal controls and analyzing data for audit purposes. In 1995 she joined PWC in Boston to continue her career as an auditor in financial services, specializing in mutual funds and banking. Her clients were based in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Houston and included The Scudder Funds, Bank of America (commercial lending, international operations and treasury operations), Fidelity Investments (selected mutual funds), State Street Global Advisors (selected mutual funds), GT Global/AIM (mutual funds), among others.
Colette decided to live in America permanently when she met her husband, Dr. Saint Aufranc, who grew up here in Wellesley where his parents and grandparents had lived for many years. In 2002, Colette took a career break to raise her family. Colette became an American citizen in 2005.
Colette and Saint have two children who are currently in college.
Volunteering in schools and other local organizations
Colette began volunteering as a room parent when her daughter entered preschool and has just never stopped. Among the myriad volunteer roles Colette has undertaken, highlights include:
Select Board Member September 2020 - date
Treasurer for Sustainable Wellesley 2018 - 2020
Co-president at Wellesley High School PTSO 2018-2019
Webmaster for Wellesley High School PTSO 2018 - 2020
Board member Winsor Parents Association 2015 - 2018
Treasurer for the Wellesley Teen Center 2013-2017
Treasurer for Committee 21 2013-2014
Treasurer of Central Council of PTOs 2011-2015
Treasurer of Sprague PTO 2010-2012
Chair of fifth grade activities Sprague 2013-2014
Sprague fundraising auction treasurer (twice)
Serving Wellesley before joining the Select Board
Colette's involvement in town affairs began around 2006 as a neighborhood representative during the redevelopment of Linden Square. As a neighborhood advocate, Colette encouraged neighbors to engage in meetings with the property developers and various town boards to discuss and give constructive input on matters including lighting, traffic, noise, parking, pedestrian safety, elimination of a dangerous curb cut, and landscaping.
Colette pursued all discussions and interactions in a reasonable, personable, persistent and polite manner, developing strong collaborative relationships with neighbors, developers, several town boards and employees including the Executive Director. This approach resulted in good outcomes for the neighborhood and the town.
Colette ran for and was elected as a Town Meeting Member in March 2018. As a Town Meeting Member, Colette prepares thoroughly and participates in discussion and debate.
In March 2018 Colette was appointed to the Town of Wellesley Audit Committee, serving as member 2018-19, secretary 2019-20 and as chair in 2020 until she was elected to the Select Board.