Colin Walsh Managing Director
Colin is Chief Executive and founder of Crescent Capital and has been an active venture capital investor in the local high tech sector for the past twenty years. He leads a team of investment professionals who have completed investments in over thirty companies in Northern Ireland.
Crescent has raised over £60m to date from government, private and institutional investors; its investments include several which are widely regarded as being among the most promising locally owned businesses, including Lagan Technologies, APT, Omiino, Maildistiller, Nisoft, Speechstorm and Andor Technology plc.
Colin has achieved a number of successful trade sales and two flotations, including Trafficmaster plc which he was instrumental in floating on the London Stock Exchange in 1994 when working at Hambros plc. Colin was a director and subsequently chairman of Trafficmaster until 2009. He invested in Andor in 1997 and was instrumental in achieving its flotation on AIM in 2004. Andor grew to become a world leader in the field of scientific imaging cameras with revenues of almost £60m per annum and over 400 employees. Colin was chairman of Andor until its sale in early 2014 to Oxford Instruments Plc for £176m.
He is currently chairman of Acheson Holdings Limited and also holds directorships at NiSoft Holdings Limited, Fusion Antibodies PLC, Replify Limited, Belfast Power Limited and Right Revenue Limited.
Colin recently completed a two year term as CBI chair for Northern Ireland and is also the trustee for NI on the UK board of Barnardos. Having served on the boards of several local companies and been chairman of many, he has first-hand experience of the various challenges facing the business sector within Northern Ireland.
He has considerable experience of business strategy and governance issues, mentoring senior management plus the restructuring, growth and development of companies across many sectors.