WASCO council members;
Chairman: Roger Burgess 01545 560996
Roger together with his wife run Park Hall a self catering property accommodating groups of up to 18 adults plus 2 children. Accredited to Green Dragon level 2 in 2006 for environmental management. Roger’s background is in the education service. Before moving to Wales in 2003 they worked as an independent contractor within the education sector in administration and inspection for over ten years. He joined the Wasco Council in January 2007.
Secretary: Jacqui Janssen 01437 781326
Jacqui trained as a Geography teacher while simultaneously working at Utrecht University, lastly as director of the faculty of Philosophy. She left her university career to work as an independent management consultant. In 1998 she moved from the Netherlands to Pembrokeshire - to escape the rat race and in search of the good life - to run Rosemoor Country Cottages and Nature Reserve, together with her husband Jan. Rosemoor is an old Victorian property in the Pembrokshire Coast National Park, with nine holiday cottages on site, and has its own 27 acre nature reserve. In the last 13 years Jacqui and Jan have taken Rosemoor into the 21st century with special emphasis on environmentally friendly practices. Previous Rosemoor owner John Lloyd was one of the founding members of WASCO so she follows in his illustrious footsteps.
Administration: Keith Robinson 01678 521480
Keith spent most of his working life in the photographic industry, involved with photographic colour processing & printing equipment. Owned a colour processing laboratory for several years and also developed video analysing systems and was an equipment / systems trainer. Due to the computer age, the industry virtually disappeared, and Keith then used his photographic skills in the web-design field. Moved to Wales in 1995 and helped local tourism operators in e-business. Until recently he operated 2 cottages near Criccieth, but has now retired from self catering. He has been WASCO's membership secretary and treasurer since 2002, and also looks after the running of WASCO's promotional website www.walescottages.co.uk
Aberdovey: Paul Fowles
Paul served for twenty four years in the British forces and considers himself to be a relative newcomer to the tourist industry. Following his time in the forces he worked as a plumber and gas engineer with Connaught in Cardiff for three years before deciding to return to his roots in Mid Wales. He set up Dovey Cottages Ltd and Aberdovey Holidays with his wife Delyth and son David in 2008. He became a WASCO council member in 2011. Growing up in Aberdyfi and spending most of his career 'out and about' Paul has taken a keen interest in developing outdoor activities in the Southern Snowdonia area.
Anglesey: Felicity Elphick
Felicity is the proprietor of Lleiniog Holiday Cottages, Penmon, Beaumaris, Felicity has an HND on Hotel and Catering Management and a degree in Politics from the University of Manchester. She sits on the Board of the Rhyl Benfit Advice shop and Conwy Connect, and is a volunteer for Rhyl Women's Aid.
Agencies: Julian Burrell
Julian is one of 2 Agency representatives on the WASCO Council, a WASCO founder member and ex Vice-Chair. Involved with the Wales Tourism Alliance since its formation in 1998 and its Chairman 2002 to 2010. Senior Partner Wales Holidays. Director of Imaginet Ltd, Travel Wales Ltd, Tourism Quality Services Ltd and Associated Quality Services Ltd.
Pembrokeshire: Clare Hallet
Clare Hallett moved to Pembrokeshire in 1975 and opened and ran Keeston Kitchen restaurant, with her husband, Phil, until 2010. In 1988, they opened their first self-catering cottages, which have now become Keeston Hill Cottages. She has been a member of WASCO since its inception in 1995.
Lleyn: Anwen Jones
Anwen runs 4 cottages near Criccieth. Council member of WASCO since 1999. Recently became a committee member on the Marketing Area Partnership for Snowdonia Mountains & Coast and Lleyn Tourism Partnership. Also involved with Snowdonia Farm Holidays Group and Farm Stay UK, and is a member and past chair person of her local community council.
Ceredigion: Yvonne Davies
Yvonne together with her husband have been involved in the tourism industry for almost 37 years. Their first introduction into tourism, back in 1972, was the development of Trenewydd Farm, St.Dogmaels to a self catering Cottage complex, during which time both Yvonne and her husband were in full time employment, Yvonne in law and her husband in local government. After 20 years Trenewydd was sold and they moved on to purchase a Holiday Park at Cenarth Falls and are proud recipients of many major awards over the years. Yvonne remains a member of various Tourism Associations namely BH&HPA, BOB and Preseli Tourism. In 2006, in addition to the Park, Penwern Fach a self-catering complex of 5 Cottages with some 12 acres of land was purchased.