The 47-year-old, who was brought in by Gus Williams as his assistant for the last six weeks of the season, said: “It is an honour and privilege to be have been offered the job at what is a fantastic club.
“From the moment I first drove through the gates for the game against Tamworth I have been impressed with everything about the club, from the board right down to the supporters and I’m honoured that the board have shown the faith in me to get this club back where it belongs, back in the Conference.
“Obviously I am working with a reduced budget, but I am looking to bring in players who have a great attitude and want to play for Colwyn Bay and are not just interested in the money.
“We won five of the last eight games since I came to the club and the players have shown great commitment. If we can keep the nucleus of that squad and bring in a few more lads with the same attitude then we have a great chance of achieving our aims.”
Unfortunately he has already lost top scorer Obi Anoruo who has this week signed for Gloucester City.
“Anyone who scores 19 goals in a season is going to be a big miss, but I worked with Obi at Barrow when I was assistant manager there, and he is a great lad. I wish him luck.”
Ash, who made 88 appearances for Burnley as a player and helped them get to Wembley in the Football League Cup in 1988 before becoming reserve team and development squad coach, said he is looking to build a squad with a good mix of youth and experience and to make Llanelian Road a fortress again.
“When I was playing for Accrington we used to dread coming to Colwyn Bay because we knew we were in for a really hard game. That has not been the case for teams in recent times and we have to change that,” he said.
Chairman Dave Titchiner said: “We feel Ash has the attitudes to do the job. When he took over for the Tamworth game, when Gus was away the Wales Under 16s team, he showed his potential and has good contacts.
“Now we have been relegated we needed someone who could operate on a lower budget and felt Ash was the right man.”
Ash has already fixed up a pre-season against his old club Burnley, just relegated from the Premiership, for Friday July 31st (7.30pm kick off) at Llanelian Road.