A number of local people have contributed to the development of Carmarthen Bay Ferries CIC. The current directors are Kenton Morgan, Celia Strange, Andrew Kirkpatrick (Chair) and Charles Etty-Leal. Carmarthen Bay Ferries is always looking to expand the number of directors. We welcome applications from people with an interest in sustaining this ancient ferry service and providing boat access to the beautiful Tywi Estuary and Carmarthen Bay, Carmarthenshire's, foremost coastal attraction.
Andrew joined as a director in 2020, having first become involved in the volunteer group, The Friends of Glansteffan during pandemic lockdowns. Andrew was born and raised in South Wales and moved to the Carmarthen area in 2018, having lived for several years in South America. He has experience in Financial Services, IT, education and third sector projects. When he’s not working, Andrew likes to spend time with his bonkers cat Jasper, be amongst trees, mountains or anywhere with large expanses of water, cycling, walking (anywhere but a shopping mall) and listening to Radio 4. He is a member of Towy Boat Club and hopes to own his own vessel in the future. Andrew took the role of Chair in October 2022.
A native of Ferryside, Kenton is one of the founding directors of the company. In 2017, he and Les Jones (dec.) were largely responsible for writing the successful grant proposal which resulted in the Coastal Communities Fund awarding Carmarthen Bay Ferries £300,000 to reinstate the ferry. Kenton began sailing on the Tywi estuary at the age of 7 as a junior member of the Ferryside Sailing Club. He is often aboard Glansteffan giving a personal version the history and ecology of the estuary. He edited Two Sides of the Tide, transcripts of 19th and early twentieth century newspaper reports about the ferry. He is still passionate about sailing and has recently become a commercially certified skipper.
Celia was born and brought up in north London but came to west Wales in 1975 as part of a wave of idealistic incomers seeking an “alternative” lifestyle of communal living and self-sufficiency. Having experience in nursing and midwifery she also taught for some time for the National Childbirth Trust.
Leaving the NHS behind, and combined with raising their five children, she and her husband set up and ran a legal practice in Carmarthen, eventually retiring and moving to Llansteffan where Celia became involved near the start of the Glansteffan project.
Charles is responsibile for the repair and maintenance of the Glansteffan Ferry. He spent most of his life working in farming and agricultural, horticultural and garden machinery repairs. He retired in 2013.
He then spent the next 7 years as a support worker, for people with various disabilities, on a care farm near Abercych.
He moved to Ferryside at the end of 2019 and having settled in, has become involved with various enterprises within the village. He is a Trustee of the Ferryside Social Enterprise Group (FSEG), a member of The Mens Shed and helps out at The Repair Cafe when he can.
Sean Hogan 2022
Rob Bamforth 2017-2020
Gerald Howells 2017
Dr David Hunter 2017-2019
Les Jones 2017-2021
Chris Jones 2017-2020
Mark Kessell 2017
Martin Smith 2018-21
Zoe Woodruff 2018-2020