Colin Podmore is a Cornishman who read history at Keble College, Oxford, and trained as a teacher at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His Oxford DPhil thesis was published as The Moravian Church in England, 1728-1760 (1998). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

He served on the staff of the General Synod of the Church of England from 1988 to 2013, in a succession of roles including Deputy Secretary of the Council for Christian Unity, Secretary of the House of Clergy, Secretary of the Liturgical Commission, and Secretary of the Dioceses Commission. He was also secretary of groups that reviewed the processes for senior church appointments and oversaw the publication of the Common Worship liturgy. From 2011 to 2013 he was Clerk to the Synod, Director of the Central Secretariat and Director of Ecumenical Relations. He left Church House at Easter 2013 to become Director of Forward in Faith (UK) and Secretary of the Council of Bishops of The Society (www.sswsh.com).

His publications include Aspects of Anglican Identity (2005) and articles on Anglican ecclesiology, the ecclesiology of the Episcopal Church and the development of the Anglican Communion.

He is director of Forward in Faith (UK) and secretary of the Council of Bishops of The Society under the patronage of Saint Wilfrid and Saint Hilda