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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

Gualberto Cerron - Marbella Design Academy
Gualberto Cerrón

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 and Head of our Bachelor of Arts Validated Fashion Design programme.

As Head of PR & Events, Alan represents the Academy both in-house and out and about at shows and exhibitions. As Head of our Bachelor of Arts Validated programme in Fashion Design Alan is responsible for the successful delivery and outcome of this programme.

Adrian Ibrom - Marbella Design Academy
Adrian Ibrom
Head of the Bachelor of Arts Validated programme in 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 our Bachelor of Arts Validated programme in Interior Architecture.

Marcos is responsible for the successful outcome of our Interior Architecture Department and the 3-year BA (Hons) Validated 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.

Fabrice Durand
Marketing Responsible

Fabrice is in charge of our Marketing Department together with Benedicte

Paola Thomas
Tutor in Interior Architecture and Design

Paola is tutor for our Interior Architecture Students on the 3-year BA (Hons) Validated Interior Architecture programme.

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

Angie, Angela Coburn-Hough
Tutor in Fashion Design

Angie, Angela Coburn-Hough. Tutor in Fashion Design. Objectives
: To play an integral part in the operation and success of a creative teaching environment. To inspire young minds and make full use of my artistic imagination.

Elisa Benitez
Tutor in the Interior Architecture Department.

Elisa Benitez. Architect ETSAS. PhD candidate ETSAB. Master from Harward University.

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 Jewellery Design EASD Valencia, Spain. Fine Arts degree, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Andrea Giorgi
Tutor Interior Architecture/Graphic Design.

Andrea is a tutor for our Interior Architect Students as well as for our Graphic Design Students. Andrea guide his students with focus on design as a combination of function and aesthetics with a user friendly experience.

Gaspar Sobrino
Guest lecturer in Interior Architecture and Fashion Design

Independant selftaught designer with his own company in Marbella

Lucy Banu

Our sweet Angel in the student restaurant - GAUDI. We are all spoild with nice lunches and wonderful cakes:-)

Isa - Marbella Design Academy
Isa Ríos

Our fantastic caretaker, amongst her many duties she keeps the Academy nice and clean, Isa also makes the best cup of coffee and she always has a smile on her face:-)

Carlos Palomo
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 Carlos is just the man for the job…

Super sweet school dog

LIZA is our wonderful sweet San Bernard dog and beloved mascot