Our Team

The Academy has been letting venues and sports facilities to the public on an ad-hoc basis for years, but in 2019 decided to create a branch of the Edinburgh Academy dedicated entirely to sharing its spaces, learning and facilities with the community and so AccessEA was born.

The AccessEA team are all seasoned event and marketing professionals who combine an appreciation for the history and significance of the Academy with commercial know-how. Based at the Henderson Row site, they are a small but perfectly formed team who together can plan, deliver and add finesse to any event, organise venue hire and help out with sports bookings.

Fi Morley

Commercial Director

Fi is an experienced Venue Director who has worked in the Events and Hospitality sector for many years at the luxury end of the market. Previous experience includes the management of all of the hospitality for Scottish Rugby, looking after all things catering for the National Trust for Scotland, and even planning and operating the Royal Garden Party and a certain Royal Wedding at the palace of Holyrood House.

Having recently gained an MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School, Fi brings a strategic focus into the business. 

Selina Van Hagen

Business Development Manager

Selina has 12 years of experience in the events industry, working at leading five star visitor attractions like Dynamic Earth and Edinburgh Zoo. With a focus in business development, she enjoys working with clients to create memorable and personalised events.

Ciara El-Mansi

Marketing & Communications Manager

Ciara is a seasoned marketing professional with over a decade of industry experience. As the Marketing and Communications Manager, she focuses on creating results-driven campaigns to expand EA's audience. Ciara manages multiple digital channels, produces high-quality design materials, and oversees projects with exceptional efficiency.

Katarzyna Niezabitowska

Accounts Manager

Denice Ford

Catering Supervisor

Laura Richardson

Sales and Events Coordinator

Laura is an event management graduate with experience in both organising and operating events. She has experience in all aspects of events including event organisation and sales. Her previous roles include working at Hilton Edinburgh Carlton.

Marcin Iwanowski

Duty Operations Officer

Marcin came to the Academy as part of his HNC Coaching and Developing Sport Course at Edinburgh College, initially to deliver coaching, and then on a permanent basis. Since being with us he’s added climbing and kettlebell instructor qualifications to his coaching experience.

Scott Glen

Sports Hub and Camps Manager

Jason Welsh

Sports Hub and Camp Supervisor