Having acquired a B.A. in Psychology, Colin Walsh was an actor (penniless) for three years before working for the Spectator under the then editor, Nigel Lawson. Joining Cambridge University Press in 1970, he co-founded Book Production Consultants plc in 1973 with Tony Littlechild and capital of £50 before joining himself in 1975.
The author of some ten books - including Flotilla: Worse Things Happen At Sea - he acts as a consultant to many publishing houses and retail groups and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of IP3 (Institutes of Paper, Printing & Publishing), a Member of Employment Tribunals, a member of The Society of Authors, a member of Equity, and Chairman of the Publishing in Cambridge Association (Pica Club).
BPC worked for academic institutions, publishing houses and blue-chip clients throughout the world, producing books, magazines, company histories and brochures, including the guides to all the Royal Palaces. Past joint publishing enterprises included London Tourist Board, The National Childbirth Trust, Baltic International Maritime Council and Granta Editions. Their joint ventures have included Book Connections (with W H Smith), Department of Land Economy (University of Cambridge), London Transport and the Chartered Institute of Insurance.
Over the past ten years, Colin Walsh chaired three conferences at the London Book Fair, was the keynote speaker on the Future of Publishing at Olympia (Digital Print World) and the Conference of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, was the spokesman for AMEX at National Small Business Week, and chaired the House of Commons Debate on the Future of Print and Publishing. Articles specifically on publishing included the Bookseller, The Author, Publishing News, Media Print and Wiplash (Women In Publishing) while general articles have appeared in the national press.
An honorary degree was conferred by Anglia Ruskin University in October 2010.