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Meet the Team

Helle Byrn
Chairman & Founder

Helle's biggest challenge has been the foundation and development of Marbella Design Academy, which Helle 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

Angela Coburn
Head of the Fashion Design & Manufacture Department at Marbella Design Academy

As Head of our Fashion Design & Manufacture Department, Angela 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 & Manufacture Angela 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 & Media

Adrian is responsible for the Graphic Design & Media Department and that the Bachelor of Arts validated programme in Graphic Design & Media 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 & Design.

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

Tutor in our Fashion Design & Manufacture Department

"René Coster is not only an enthusiastic Fashion Design tutor, but also a Fashion consultant and stylist who has worked for many renowned manufacturers. He is also a specialist at crafting jewellery and accessories with over 15 years experience. He worked as a design consultant for brands as Swarovski, Chick on a Mission, Talimaya, Martinique and many more."

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 & Design

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

Cyriel Vaes
Tutor in Graphic Design & Media.

Cyriel is a talented Graphic Designer educated at Marbella Design Academy. Cyriel has also his own graphic studio and has 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 & Media

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

Elisa Benitez
Tutor in the Interior Architecture & Design Department.

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

Lissi Andreassen
Fashion Design Tutor

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

Alberto Leonardo
Graphic Tutor in the Graphic Design & Media

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:-)

Sean Sutherland
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 Sean is just the man for the job…

Super sweet school dog

LIZA is our wonderful sweet San Bernard dog and beloved mascot