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Meet the Team

Helle Byrn - Marbella Design Academy
Helle Byrn
Chairman & Founder

Helle's biggest challenge has been the foundation and development of the Marbella Design Academy, which she founded in 1995.

Frank Ortega – Course Director
Course Director, Link Tutor with our UK Partner University and Tutor on the Interior Architecture Validated Programme

Frank Ortega Course Director and Tutor on the Interior Architecture Validated Programme

Gualberto Cerron - Marbella Design Academy
Gualberto Cerrón
School Principal

Principal of the Marbella Design Academy. Contribute to the daily running of the Academy.

Charlotte McLaren - Marbella Design Academy
Charlotte McLaren
Finance Director

Finance Director at Marbella Design Academy and responsible for quarterly accounting and all other finance related issues.

Rachel Parker - Marbella Design Academy
Rachel Parker
Secretary and Student Support

Rachel is responsible for organising all of the secretary activities that facilitate the smooth running in Marbella Design Academy

Benedicte Byrn - Marbella Design Academy
Benedicte Byrn
Benedicte is Danish and Graphic Designer in our administration Team

Benedicte is educated at Marbella Design Academy, awarded an official Bachelor of Arts by Middlesex University London

Alan Gomez
Head of PR & Events. Head of Fashion Design

As Head of PR & Events, Alan represents the Academy both in-house and out and about at shows and exhibitions.

Adrian Ibrom - Marbella Design Academy
Adrian Ibrom
Head of Graphic Design

Adrian is responsible for the Graphic Design Department and that the Bachelor of Arts validated programme in Graphic Design is delivered to our students at a high academic level.

Marcos Tamagnone - Marbella Design Academy
Marcos Tamagnone
Head of Interior Architecture

Marcos is responsible for the interior architecture department and the 3-year BA (Hons) interior architecture programme

Fiona Hedgecock
Intensive Foundation Course Leader

Fiona is a fully qualified Textile Designer, having a BA(Hons) in Textiles and Fashion Design from the University of Ulster.

Mary Buchanan - Marbella Design Academy
Mary Buchanan Clephane
Tutor in Interior Architecture

Mary Buchanan Clephane is qualified in Spatial and Interior Design from Chelsea College of Art & Design, University London.

Gunda Bornkessel
Gunda Bornkessel
Tutor in Fashion Design

Possess a wealth of international design experience and a proven ability of successful business development.

Chandy Hagget - Marbella Design Academy
Chandy Hagget
Tutor in Art and Freehand Drawing

Besides having her own atelier and art studio, Chandy is a part-time art tutor at the Marbella Design Academy.

Cyriel Vaes - Marbella Design Academy
Cyriel Vaes
Tutor in Graphic Design

Cyriel worked in the theatre, television and fashion industry as an art director.

Jean Pierre Costa - Marbella Design Academy
Jean Pierre M. Costa
Tutor in Graphic Design

Jean Pierre has been a professional designer and teacher for more than 20 years within the fields of graphic, industrial, interior and web design

Katrina Mernagh - Marbella Design Academy
Katrina Mernagh
Tutor in Graphic Design

Facundo Samman -
Facundo Samman
Tutor in Graphic Design

Lissi Andreassen
Assistant Fashion Design Tutor

Educated Fashion Designer from Marbella Design Academy, now we are happy to have her great talent as tutor assistant in our Fashion Design Department

Alberto Leonardo
Graphic Tutor

Master of Fine Arts in Computer Art, San Pablo CEU, Spain. Bachelor in Jewelry Design EASD Valencia, Spain. Fine Arts degree, Univerisida Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Lucy Banu

Sweet kitchen Angel in our GAUDI student restaurant

IT Support - Marbella Design Academy
IT Service

IT responsible at the Academy

Isa - Marbella Design Academy
Isa Ríos

Amongst her many duties she keeps the Academy clean, Isa Ríos makes the best cup of coffee and she always has a smile on her face…

Dani - Marbella Design Academy
Dani Ortega
Gardener & Handyman

There is nothing he cannot do and he is always busy with a multitude of jobs in and around the Academy. It´s a big place to look after and Dani is just the man for the job…


LIZA is our wonderful sweet San Bernard dog and beloved mascot