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.
Owen RobertsOwen Roberts
Head of Windsurfing
Owen is one of our most experienced instructors at the centre. A senior instructor, he is also able to run the centre in the duty senior role. Owen is also our Team15 instructor and runs Windsurf Wednesday night during the summer.
Mark Treleaven-JonesMark Treleaven-Jones
Head of Powerboating
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.
Adam WynneAdam Wynne
Head of Sailing
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 instructor. He wrote the book on all the the staff training. He also our Envrionment Officer.
Ewan ByersEwan Byers
Senior Instructor
"There is no midlands - North or South - Pick a side." 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.
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.
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.
Phil HigtonPhil Higton
Volunteer
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.
Jack LeachJack Leach
Volunteer
Jack is a dedicated volunteer who comes down when he can. He is an assistant sailing and windsurfing instructor. Jack is an experienced volunteer but is also one of our youngest. We expect big things once he's old enough to pass his instructor courses.
Kayla SimpsonKayla Simpson
Volunteer
Kayla is an experienced volunteer on land and on the water. Kayla is part of the reception team and loves running hire during the summer and is looking on to do her sailing & windsurf instructors this year.
Lloyd RobertsLloyd Roberts
Dinghy Instructor
Lloyd is a sailing instructor from Chester sailing club. He loves teaching sailing and hopes he can develop his skills to become a windsurfing or powerboat instructor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
George RobertsGeorge Roberts
Volunteer
George has initially joined us as part of work experience for coleg Llandrillo. We are hoping he will have a great time learning to sail and windsurf and will return in the future as part of our volunteer team.
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.)
Oli IrvineOli Irvine
Dinghy Instructor
Oli has joined us from Chester Sailing Club and we are working hard to stop him being amongst stiff competition the poshest sailing instructor on the team! We're hoping he will help us out a lot this season.
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 recently gone from being a just a dinghy instructor to collecting most instructor tickets that exist over the last year.
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.
James BattyeJames Battye
Windsurf Instructor
James spends most of his summer teaching up the road at Plas Menai, and is a ridiculously fast windsurfer. The man to talk to if you want to go faster on a board.
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.
Tom OBrienTom OBrien
Volunteer
Tom joined us first as part of his outdoor college course partipating in some windsurfing and completing your level one sailing here. He has since been back as part of work experience programme and has joined the team as a volunteer to get on the water.
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.
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.
Mark PriestleyMark Priestley
Administrator
"Buisiness Mark" is our finance and development expert, joining the team from a background in commercial banking. He would love to be allowed on the water, but we don't let him out the office due to his important work planning the future of CBW.
Sami PooleSami Poole
Windsurfing Coach
Sami is our former chief instructor who now works as a freelance windsurfing trainer, living and breathing RYA tuition and getting on the water. You will see him back in Colwyn Bay to teach windsurfing instructor courses.
Davide CampatelliDavide Campatelli
Volunteer
Davide has joined us for three weeks on an exchange from Massa in Italy and you will see him helping on the watersfront right through July.
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.
Luke SmithLuke Smith
Volunteer
Luke has quite a lot of paddlesport and started with us on a work experience placement looking to get out even more, and learn to better sail and windsurf.
Davide GaribaldiDavide Garibaldi
Volunteer
Davide has joined us all the way from Pietrasanta in Italy and you will see him helping us with dinghies, windsurfers, kayaks and powerboats right through July as he works to improve his English.
Dan EvansDan Evans
Volunteer
Dan is a local fitness instructor from Colwyn Bay. He is always keen to come down and help where he can. Dan is soon leaving us to go to Australia and is exited about getting some watersports experience under his belt.
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.
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.
Wendy McGeeWendy McGee
Volunteer
Wendy joined us in 2015 and is both handy in the workshop having completed a marine engineering course, and hard working on the beach and the water.
Louise WeisLouise Weis
Volunteer
Louise is a keen windsurfer and sailor that is new to volunteering, she loves helping others to achieve success.
Andrea DammsAndrea Damms
Volunteer
Andrea came across Colwyn Bay Watersports through our friends in Venture Outdoors group. She always wants to give everything a go and is learning to be a great powerboat driver. Childhood dream - driving our tractor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sonny BurnistonSonny Burniston
Windsurfing Instructor
Sonny hails from Liverpool, studies Biomechanical Engineering at the Imperial College in London, but will be helping us out with instruction over the season.
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.
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.
Ste JonesSte Jones
Volunteer
Ste is know as "the machine" on the beach because he never stops. He is currently helping us out between training to be a fireman.
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.
Rosie HearnRosie Hearn
Instructor
Rosie is the RYA's North Wales Regional Development officer. You may sometimes see her on the water teaching with the All Afloat programme or you may see her helping us out with RYA admin.
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.
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.
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.
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.