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.
Phil HigtonPhil Higton
Senior Instructor
Phil is a sailing, windsurfing, paddlesport and powerboating senior instructor who is also amongst the best engineers we have as a team. At Colwyn Bay Watersports we say if it doubt - it was Phil's fault.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kai DaviesKai Davies
Admin and Environment Officer / Watersports Instructor
Kai is one of the most regular volunteers we have, and is now a qualified windsurf and powerboat instructor. He also organises all our events including Student Windsurfing National's, Colwyn Bay Blast and more! He is very expirienced as an event director.
Mike RobertsMike Roberts
Instructor
Mike is a senior 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 achieved his instructor ticket.
Jack LeachJack Leach
Watersports Instructor
Jack has collected his windsurf, sailing, and his powerboat instructor certificates. He's got many great stories that he will be happy to share with you regarding his hero status and his miniature tumble dryer.
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
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.
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.
Dan CookDan Cook
Watersports 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.
Dylan WilliamsDylan Williams
Dinghy Instructor
Dylan joined us as a dinghy instructor in 2017 having completed his instructor training at Colwyn Bay Watersports. Dylan is the younger brother of Ieuan who you will also see on the water at Colwyn Bay Watersports.
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 MillbandMatt Millband
Windsurf Instructor
Matt is a beast of a windsurfer who learnt to windsurf here as part of T15. Now he has also gained his instructor ticket and you will see him on the beach and on the water teaching and windsurfing in his spare time this season.
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.
Mark Treleaven-JonesMark Treleaven-Jones
Powerboat Instructor
Mark is one of the 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.
Ryan ThomasRyan Thomas
Paddlesport Instructor
Ryan is not only our Chief Craftsmen but has also recently qualified as one of our paddle warriors. If he's not dropping out of helicopters and fighting his way through the maintenance book, he can be found teaching the ancient art of the cross bow cut.
Jane PaddisonJane Paddison
Senior 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.
Max PettersonMax Petterson
Volunteer
Max joined us as a volunteer in 2018 and has already proved to be a very capible member of our team. A keen diver he has learnt to drive a powerboat with us, look for him assisting all sorts of on water activity.
Lucy McKernonLucy McKernon
Volunteer
Lucy joined us as a volunteer in 2018 and quickly proved herself a key member of the team. She has completed her powerboat qualification so expect to see her helping on the water even more.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Ewan LukeEwan Luke
Dinghy Instructor
Ewan is from Llandudno sailing club and is joining us this season between his A/S and A levels. He is rare among dinghy instructors in also being a racing instructor.
James Wynn-EdwardsJames Wynn-Edwards
Dinghy Instructor
James once ran a beginner course in a tropical storm, saved a student with his teeth and a small ball of twine, and rescued a boat from certain destruction using only his wits. Seriously he's a great instructor.
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.
Sam SaundersSam Saunders
Volunteer
Sam is a keen windsurfer who learnt to windsurf with Team15 and has now started to develop his skills to become a windsurf instructor. He was runner up for the Conwy's young sportsperson of the year award due to windsurfing competatively around the UK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zed Spencer-MilnesZed Spencer-Milnes
Windsurfing Instructor
Zed is our youngest windsurfing instructor. Despite this he runs race training for our Team 15 (Youth Windsurfing Club) and he is our most skilled IT person that can fix absolutely anything wrong with our systems or computers.
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.
Abbi ThomasAbbi Thomas
Volunteer
Abbi got involved with Colwyn Bay Watersports via her brother Ryan, and is now a fully qualified paddlesport instructor and powerboat driver. She is also working towards learning some propper sports.
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.
Dave Kohn-HollinsDave Kohn-Hollins
Paddlesport Trainer
Dave is an incredibly experienced paddlesport coach with close links to Colwyn Bay Canoe Club. He will be seen at Colwyn Bay Watersports delivering staff training for our team.
Alex EdwardsAlex Edwards
Watersports Instuctor
Alex has joined us in Colwyn Bay having done four full seasons for Neilson. He is a sailing, and intermediate planing windsurfing instructor. He is also the centre's yoga expert and will be completing his instructors qualification this September.
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!
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.
Staff PhotoCharlotte Davies
Volunteer
Charlotte has been pointed in our direction for volunteering having previously volunteered doing gardening. She has done a fair bit of paddlesport through public service qualifications. Look out for her on the beach this summer!