Meet the Team

Taffy OsborneTaffy Osborne
Managing Director
Taffy is our MD. A keen sailor from a young age, he enjoys teaching and getting out when he can. He can mostly be seen talking about watersports, in the office and driving the tractor. Apparently he once went windsurfing, nobody believes him.
Ewan ByersEwan Byers
Operations Manager
Ewan is a genius marine biologist and learnt to windsurf faster than anyone else we've met. He's now a windsurfing, powerboat, and sailing senior instructor. "There is no midlands - North or South - Pick a side."
Adam WynneAdam Wynne
Senior Instructor
Adam is the newest senior instructor on the team. A lover of sailing and windsurfing and an ex-Neilson watersports instructor we are lucky to have him at the centre.
Kai DaviesKai Davies
Volunteer
Kai is one of the most regular volunteers we have, and is now a qualified windsurf and powerboat instructor. He wrote the book on all the the staff training. He also our Environment Officer.
Leo WilliamsLeo Williams
Bosun
Leo is our Bosun and can fix absolutely everything from windsurf boards to engines and even the tractor. Now working for us, he's previously been a yacht engineer working for Sunsail in Greece, having studied marine engineering at Coleg Llandrillo.
Ryan ThomasRyan Thomas
Volunteer
Ryan has completed his level one sailing course with us in Spring '17 and is a proper engineer for a living, so has joined our volunteer team to help us keep our boats in tip top condition. He is looking at doing more insturctor courses next year.
Lloyd RobertsLloyd Roberts
Watersports Instructor
Lloyd is a sailing,windsurfing, and powerboat instructor. His special skill alongside being a great instructor is being the best at breaking things.
Phil HigtonPhil Higton
Watersports Instructor
Phil is a dedicated sailing and windsurfing instructor who loves teaching at Colwyn Bay watersports. Set on a career around boats as well as instructing for us, he is studying marine engineering at Llandrillo tech.
Luke JonesLuke Jones
Volunteer
Luke is one of our most valued, hardworking and regular volunters. If it's broken he can probably fix it. He's often found helping Leo to keep our kit in top condition and is a keen kayaker when he gets the chance to go out on the water.
Simon WynneSimon Wynne
Community Enagement Officer
Simon has worked for the BBC and as a marketing expert and our community engagement officer he will be out in the area helping to get new groups involved out on the water.
Ieuan WilliamsIeuan Williams
Dinghy Instructor
Ieuan is a dinghy instructor that has joined us from Penmaenmawr sailing club having completed his Powerboat Level 2 here at Colwyn Bay Watersports. He is teaching for us while he waits to go to Cardiff Met to study product design after the season.
Gary FernandezGary Fernandez
Volunteer
Gary is ex policeman and was our keenest customer before enjoying himself so much that he is now one of our sailing instructors and enjoys teaching others the skills he has learnt. Gary is currently also doing a course on marine engineering at Llandrillo.
Angus SmithAngus Smith
Dinghy Instructor
Angus is a great dinghy instructor. Seen less frequently off season at Colwyn Bay now that he is also a university student studying architecture. He is also working towards his powerboat instructor qualification.
George MossGeorge Moss
Volunteer
George sails at Penmaemawr Sailing Club and in 2017 decided to start volunteering with us. He is very skilled in fixing outboards and enjoys being part of the maintenace team. You will see George doing lots of things in the season.
Jack HarveyJack Harvey
Volunteer
Jack heard about us from other volunteers and has responded to our appeal for volunteers who know one end of a spanner from another. Look out for him in the boatyard covered in grease and on the water!
George WilliamsGeorge Williams
Volunteer
George has joined us from Chester sailing club where he sails an RS300 and a 29er. He helps us out on the water with his dinghy skills and is working towards his sailing instructor as soon as he is old enough.
Anna LloydAnna Lloyd
Dinghy Instructor
Anna arrived at Colwyn Bay Watersports to do her dinghy instructors, and was instantly snapped up to work for us this season. She has hopes of doing a season in the Mediterranean next season before going to univeristy.
Mark Treleaven-JonesMark Treleaven-Jones
Lead Powerboat Instructor
Mark is one of the best powerboat instructors at the centre. After retiring from a career in the police he now dedicates himself to watersports. A lover of paddle sport he also helps us run some of our big events like the Colwyn Bay Blast.
Dan CookDan Cook
Windsurfing Instructor
Dan is a brilliant intermediate windsurfing instructor who has joined us after building up his skills as a marine engineer. Watch out for interesting herbal tea appearing at the urn when he is around.
Emily NodenEmily Noden
General Staff
Emily is studying psychology with neuropsycology at Bangor university and has joined us as a volunteer with paddlesport skills. We will do our best to teach her the error of her ways as she works towards a sailing and windsurfing instructor ticket.
Connor FitzgeraldConnor Fitzgerald
Volunteer
Connor is currently studying employability skills at Llandrillo College. He enjoys sailing with his grandad every month and is hoping to start gaining lots of qualifications here.
Hovis WarburtonHovis Warburton
Watersports Instructor
Tom is currently working in the Merchant Navy on cruise ships around the world. Tom is a very experienced sailing and powerboat instructor.
John BakerJohn Baker
Safeguarding And Welfare Officer
John is a much respected member of the volunteer team. He is a keen sailor and loves watersports. He's hoping to do more and more on the water now he has retired. John's main role in the centre is our Safeguarding and Welfare Officer.
Will RushforthWill Rushforth
Instructor
Will is a valued member of the team and the target of all banter ever. Also working for Plas Menai, he loves the job so much he has also done seasons in the winter in Sydney Harbour.
Matt MillbandMatt Millband
Volunteer
Matt is a very keen windsurfer who is part of Team15 and has started volunteering with us. As an assistant windsurfing instructor he enjoys helping other instructors teach sessions, and is going to be another cracking instructor when the time comes.
Niko BugelliNiko Bugelli
Windsurf Instructor
Niko is the president of Liverpool University windsurfing club. He helps us out when he can as he loves getting new people into the sport.
Ed CurtisEd Curtis
Sailing Coach/Assessor
Ed is a freelance sailing coach assessor based in North Wales. He's the man for anything to do with teaching dinghy sailing, and ask him about the time he attempted rowing the atlantic. You'll catch him running dinghy instructor courses and moderations.
Gary FernandezGary Fernandez
Dinghy Instructor
Gary is ex policeman and was our keenest customer before enjoying himself so much that he is now one of our sailing instructors and enjoys teaching others the skills he has learnt. Gary has now competed a course on marine engineering at Llandrillo.
Jane PaddisonJane Paddison
Windsurfing Instuctor
Jane is a top intermediate windsurfing instructor, who has also been president of the student windsurfing association. She is onto her third degree, studying to be a vet in Liverpool.
Oli IrvineOli Irvine
Watersports Instructor
Oli has joined us from Chester Sailing Club for his second season here and is a valued member of the team. He'll do anything to get out on the water and have a great time!
Mike RobertsMike Roberts
Instructor
Mike is a sailing instructor and comes from a dynasty of sailing instructors round the corner with our friends from Llandudno sailing club. He's growing as a person though - he's now discovered windsurfing and is working towards his instructor ticket.
Matt WalkerMatt Walker
Paddlesport Instructor
Matt has been teaching paddlesport since his first season with Manor Adventures in 2013. He has had an uphill struggle convincing sailing and windsurfers that his life has meaning. (It doesn't.)
Laura PhillipsLaura Phillips
Dinghy Instructor
"Philly" came to us as a fully qualified sailing and racing instructor from Anglesey. She's now at university in Plymouth, but you will see her on the water with us throughout the summer.
Matt WoodMatt Wood
Dinghy Instructor
Matt is a fully qualified sailing instructor who started out volunteering for us, before passing his instructor qualifcations here at Colwyn Bay Watersports.
Dan BrowneDan Browne
Volunteer
Dan joined us at the start of the 2018 season as a volunteer having tried windsurfing with us last season. He will be looking to sail, windsurfing, and drive the powerboats as he helps us out.
Chris BurrowsChris Burrows
Powerboat Instructor
Chris is one of our powerboat instructors and likes to get involved with everything. Chris is also our main man with electricity and plumbing. Chris has links with the Blind Veterans so gives us tips on disability sailing.
Ben MooreBen Moore
Windsurf Instructor
Ben is an outstanding windsurfing and powerboating instructor. He was one of the very first instructors on our books in 2014, but he's so in demand that he has mostly worked at other centres until this season.
George WeisGeorge Weis
Volunteer
George is a very keen sailor who started volunteering here after doing sessions with a local school. George wants to improve his skills to become a sailing instructor.
Jack LeachJack Leach
Windsurf Instructor
Jack is one of our younger windsurf instructors but he is also one of our most enthusiastic. He's got many great stories that he will be happy to share with you regarding his hero status and his miniature tumble dryer.
Gerry BallGerry Ball
Windsurf Trainer
Gerry is one of the RYA's elite windsurf trainers. What he doesn't know about windsurfing isn't worth knowing. Heavily involved with the Carsington water centre, Gerry can be found helping us out with windsurfing instructor courses at Easter times.
Louise WeisLouise Weis
Volunteer
Louise is a keen windsurfer and sailor that is new to volunteering, she loves helping others to achieve success.
Joe StreetJoe Street
Volunteer
Joe is a very helpful volunteer who is experienced in the running of hire and operational issues. Joe is hoping to become a water sports instructor in the future.
Jack OsborneJack Osborne
General Staff
Jack is nearly a fully qualified doctor, studying at Peninsular mediacal school. In between this he helps us out on the water as an assistant sailing instructor and general waterman.
Sam KellettSam Kellett
Powerboat Instructor
Sam is a top powerboat instructor who spends the hottest part of the summer in Vermont teaching sailing at summer camps in America. Watch out for his weak chat about the quality of American seasons.
Harry PulfordHarry Pulford
Volunteer
Harry sails 29ers for Pwchelli sailing club and has joined us a volunteer originally with the All Afloat programme. He is hoping to do his sailing instructor ticket this season, and will be around for the summer now he has finnished his exams.
Gwyn WilliamsGwyn Williams
Volunteer
Gwyn learnt to sail between here and up the road at Plas Menai, and has been joining us for weekend warmup. He is volunteering for us this season looking to get better at sailing, windsurfing, and powerboating.
Charles NichollsCharles Nicholls
Volunteer
Charles has joined us in 2018 having hoping to complete his powerboat instructor next year. He's had an eventful career building and fixing boats and cars in the UK and abroad. Lookout for him in the workshop and on the water.
Tom ScarthTom Scarth
Powerboat Instructor
"Scarface" is a keen dinghy instructor and now an RYA Powerboat Instructor. He helps out at the centre between selling paint locally.
Jon ParryJon Parry
Volunteer
Jon is another one of our spanner weilding team of maintenance experts and you will find him under a boat covered in grease.
Candace FlatleyCandace Flatley
Volunteer
Candace is a student at Bangor university studying zoology and conservation. She has learnt to windsurf here through the university's windsurfing club for which she is the social secretary and has completed her windsurfing instructor qualification.
Colin McMellonColin McMellon
Volunteer
Colin learnt to sail as a teenager before his wife brought him a voucher for a Level 2 sailing course at Colwyn Bay Watersports, which has rekindled his love of sailing, and he is now working towards his dinghy instructor qualification.
Josh CookJosh Cook
Instructor
Josh is a rugged mountain man who loves being a watersports instructor and you will be sure to see him on the water when he can get out there. Josh is also an ace welder and our landrover expert and loves building trailers for our boats.
Tom SellarsTom Sellars
Windsurf Instructor
Tom is one of our new start windsurfing instructors. He has been volunteering at the centre for the last 4 years and he is currently doing an Outdoor Adventure Level 3 Course.
Tom PitmanTom Pitman
Volunteer
Tom had done a windsurfing taster with us in 2015, and has decided to volunteer for us this season. A keen wakeboarder, he is looking to develop his sailing and windsurfing skills this season.
Kelsey ByrneKelsey Byrne
Volunteer
Kelsey never has ten minutes for anything because she keeps herself so busy volunteering for different organisations. She is an ace kayaker and sailor when she gets on the water with us, with great powerboat skills she has learnt from the RNLI Conwy.
Yvonne GuiceYvonne Guice
Volunteer
Yvonne has joined us in 2018 in order to help us off the water. Lookout for her around the centre keeping us organized!
Scott WhartonScott Wharton
Volunteer
Scott is a volunteer who loves getting wet more than anyone else we know. Scott is a hard working and respected member of the volunteer team who will smash anything he is asked.
Staff PhotoOllie Gibson
Volunteer
Ollie is a volunteer on the team who loves sailing, like his whole family. He started volunteering here after doing school sessions with his local school.