Meet the Team

Taffy OsborneTaffy Osborne
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.
Ed WatsonEd Watson
Senior Instructor
Ed has joined the team in 2019 from Bangor university windsurfing club. He is an awesome windsurfing and sailing instructor, and has now passed his senior instructor qualification making him part of our operational management.
Ewan ByersEwan Byers
Senior Instructor
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.
Simon WynneSimon Wynne
Community Engagement 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.
Kai DaviesKai Davies
Admin and Event Manager / Watersports Instructor
Kai started volunteering for us when he was just fifteen years old, and has over time become a key member of our team. In his free time he organises most of our events, keeps our office running, and is also a windsurfing and powerboat instructor.
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.
Leo WilliamsLeo Williams
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.
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.
Dylan WilliamsDylan Williams
Watersports 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.
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.
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.
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.
Max PettersonMax Petterson
Dinghy Instructor
Max joined us as a volunteer in 2018 having been a keen diver. He proved to be so dedicated we taught him to be a dinghy instructor. Look out for him teaching sailing for us this season.
Jack ShepherdJack Shepherd
Dinghy Instructor
Jack is a dinghy instructor that has joined us from Brenig sailing club after completing a first aid course with us at the start of 2019. He is the king of laser sailing even though this is a rubbish discipline in the opinion of everyone else.
Kim Richards LallahKim Richards Lallah
Kim has joined us a volunteer over the 18/19 winter having studied at Atlantic College in Llantwic major, where they invented RIBs. He's interested in boat maintenance and getting involved on the water.
Ollie GibsonOllie Gibson
Dinghy Instructor
Ollie has been volunteering at the centre for a while and comes from a serious sailing family. He's gained his dinghy instructor qualification ready for the 2019 season, and is now working on his windsurfing like a true hero.
Jane PaddisonJane Paddison
Senior Windsurfing Instructor
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.
Colin McMellonColin McMellon
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.
Jack HarveyJack Harvey
Watersports Instructor
Jack Harvey began by volunteering for us. He learnt to paddle, and achieved his paddlesport instructor qualifcation and is also now a fully qualified sailing instructor.
Oli IrvineOli Irvine
Watersports Instructor
Oli has joined us from Chester Sailing Club for his third 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!
James PendletonJames Pendleton
James has joined us in 2019 for a few days a week alongside his real job supplying the public with good ale. He's working towards his instructor qualifications in several sports, and you'll spot him on the water towards the middle of the week.
Keyit DayKeyit Day
Keyit has joined us in 2018 having moved to the area this year from Kent. He is hoping to learn to sail and become and instructor the following season. Lookout for him on and off the water.
Noor AlbaraziNoor Albarazi
Noor has joined us this season having completed the volunteer training week we run every Febuary half term.
Lucy McKernonLucy McKernon
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.
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.
Jack TaylorJack Taylor
Dinghy Instructor
Jack is a paddlesport and dinghy instructor originally from Brenig sailing club who started working for us in 2019 having completed his dinghy instructor course here last season.
Max PettersonMax Petterson
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.
Luke JonesLuke Jones
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.
Kyle LodgeKyle Lodge
Kyle has joined us from the level three outdoor course at Llandrillo tech. He has dabbled in windsurfing and wants to get better at it.
Charles NichollsCharles Nicholls
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.
Maisie EdwardsMaisie Edwards
Maisie is on the outdoor level 3 course at Coleg Llandrillo and initially joined us for a weeks work experience in 2019. She is a keen kayaker and mountain biker.
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.
Tom ColemanTom Coleman
Tom is studying at Llandrillo tech in applied science. He has joined us for the season as part of the volunteering required for the course but also has his eye on completing instructor qualifications at Easter to get out to the Mediterranean like a hero.
Lee PowerLee Power
Lee has moved into a house which couldn't be closer to the centre and rapidly booked a level one sailing course. He will be helping us around the centre whenever he has time.
Jack RoperJack Roper
Jack is a student on the outdoor level 3 course at Coleg Llandrillo up the road. He joined us initially for a weeks work experience at the start of 2019. He has tried a bit of kayaking and hopes to progress with all our sports.
George MossGeorge Moss
George sails at Penmaemawr Sailing Club and in 2017 decided to start volunteering with us. He is very skilled at maintenance and engine work. He's completed his dinghy instructor qualification in 2018 so you'll spot him on the water more and more often.
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.
Jack OsborneJack Osborne
Jack is a fully qualified doctor in the Royal Navy. In between being on ships, he helps us out as an assistant sailing instructor and general waterman.
Erol DemirovErol Demirov
Erol is a student on the level 3 outdoor course at Coleg Llandrillo. He has tried yacht and dinghy sailing before and hopes to improve. He initially joined us for a weeks work experience in 2019.
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.
Sion WilliamsSion Williams
Sion has joined us a volunteer in 2019 and is hoping to work towards instructor qualifications. He has dabbled in surfing before now but we will show him the error of his ways and teach him to windsurf like a boss.
Emily NodenEmily Noden
Paddlesport Instructor
Emily is studying psychology with neuropsycology at Bangor university and has joined us as a volunteer with paddlesport skills. She has now completed her paddlesport instructor and is working towards her sailing instructor ticket.
Alex WatsonAlex Watson
Dinghy Instructor
Alex did his dinghy instructor qualification with us at the end of 2018, as he's a keen sailor with Llyn Brenig sailing club. He's on the marine engineering course with our friends at Coleg Llandrillo. Lookout for him on the water teaching kids to sail.
Julia NipperJulia Nipper
Julia lives on the wirral working as a physiotheripist. She joined us in 2019 to improve her windsurfing alongside helping us out and hopes to be a windsurf 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.
George WilliamsGeorge Williams
Watersports Instructor
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.
Aodhan DeansAodhan Deans
Aodhan has been a qualified kayak and canoe instructor in the past, and has joined us this season in between grown up jobs to get his skills on the water back up to scratch volunteering for us.
Staff PhotoTom Brooman
Windsurf Trainer
Tom is an RYA windsurfing trainer with years of experience for Neilson and others. Look out for him training windsurfing instructors here in Colwyn Bay.
Staff PhotoSeb Korszon
Seb works for the Porth Eirias team at Conwy Council but also volunteers for us and is a fully qualified start windsurfing instructor.