The CTA board consists of a group of volunteer directors who between them have a wealth of experiences that is pooled to benefit our members. We have recently had a few changes to the board that we would like to share with you all.
Firstly, and sadly, Caroline Evans has recently resigned from the board. Caroline first became involved with the CTA in 2009 when The Diocese of St David became a member. In 2015, she joined the board of directors bringing vast knowledge of Faith Tourism due to her role as the Diocese Faith Tourism Officer and Chair of the Faith Tourism Group. In addition, her knowledge gained over the course of many previous roles within the tourism and business sectors and lecturing for Coleg Sir Gâr has been extremely valuable and will be missed. We whole-heartedly thank Caroline for her contribution to the CTA.
The other news is that Ellie Gadd has recently joined the board of directors. Ellie is a marketing and communications consultant with a passion for travel and tourism. She recently moved to Carmarthenshire and she is owner of Meidrim Meadows Luxury Glamping. In addition to her interest in the Glamping Sector, her background in marketing, media and communications means she is perfectly placed to support the development and implementation of the CTA marketing strategy.
Our group of directors is chaired by Sioned Bannister, owner and manager of the family-run Dolbryn Caravan and Campsite in Newcastle Emlyn. Together with her family, she has built the campsite into a successful business offering a peaceful haven for families and groups to holiday and experience the best that Carmarthenshire has to offer. As well as being Chair, she is an advocate for the Camping and Caravaning Sector.
Sharon Richards is CTA's Treasurer. She runs Alltyfyrddin Farm Guest House and Merlin's Hill Centre at Abergwili, Carmarthen. She is passionate about providing a first-class visitor experience for her guests and loves sharing her knowledge of the on-site Iron Age hill fort that is believed to be the legendary resting place of Merlin, King Arthur's magician. Sharon has lots of experience in her sector and is a great source of knowledge.
George Reid owns and runs Glangwili Mansion - a luxury 5* B&B near Carmarthen. He has been on the board of directors for CTA for more than 10 years. George has many links with other sector organisations and often represents the views of our members at these events. He has an indepth of knowledge of the workings of many of the organisations we engage with on your behalf and actively advocates for our members.
Lastly and by no means least we have Craig Evans. Craig is another long serving CTA director and renowned forager. His business Coastal Foraging allows him to share his passion for sustainable and ethical foraging through his professional courses. He has successfully built his business over many years, attracting the attention of TV producers and has subsequently featured on programmes such as Channel 4's Best of Britain by the Sea and the BBC's Great Coastal Railway Journeys. Craig also has really successful social media channels and some great content, so do check out his accounts for some hints and tips! Craig currently looks after the Activities and Attractions sector.
In addition to the directors, the CTA is also supported by Mhairi McCall. Mhairi recently joined to provide administrative support to the directors and is the first point of contact for you. Mhairi works remotely for the CTA part-time, whilst also running her own glamping business. She was a CTA member previously when she ran a glamping and camping site on the banks of the Teifi.