Wilkins retired from Hakluyt in 1996.
In 2013, when asked about spying for Hakluyt, Wilkins said, "I am not in that game. I was on the edge of that game. I did Hakluyt. I helped set it up. It was an interesting operation at an interesting time and life has moved on",  and when asked about the allegations Hakluyt spied on Greenpeace, Wilkins said, it had been "way after my time," and "I'm not a spy. I haven't been a spy. It's not my world."
Wilkins saw active service in Aden, Radfan and Oman whilst in the army and attended the school of Military Intelligence.
After leaving the army Wilkins worked for the Sunday Times for several years, and established and sold a free-sheet newspaper.
In 1995 he helped set up Hakluyt.
Wilkins is now the chairman of North British Wind Energy Ltd.
Donations to Scotland's anti-independence campaign
- Stephen Overell The Scotsman Hakluyt Articles Shellnews.net reprint of 'Masters of the great game turn to business' from the Financial Times, first published 23 March 2000, accessed 22 September 2014
- Tom Gordon Better Togethers Coffers Boosted by 13 million in Donations The Herald Scotland, 15 December 2013, accessed 22 September 2014
- Tom Gordon No Vote Donors Caught in Wind Farm Payments Row The Herald Scotland, 22 December 2013, accessed 22 September 2014