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.
School & Holiday Camp Manager
James looks after the After School Club and all the fun in the holidays! With a BSc in Sports Science and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education he is our very own PE Teacher. With lots of ideas about how to coach and inspire the children, watch this space to what new clubs start to appear.
Duty Operations Officer
If Marcin isn’t putting children or grown-ups through their paces in a coaching session, you can find him behind the reception desk in the Sports Centre. He also helps out with holiday camps and with the after-school club. He 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. If he has any spare time he spends it playing basketball.
Joanna is our Management Accountant and started with us in June this year. She is responsible to the end to end finance function for the Trading company. She has worked in various finance positions over the last 15 years and has experience working within the Events, Property and banking industry. She has a bachelor’s degrees in Maths, Statistics and Finance and is a qualified Accounts technician through AAT.
Sales and Events Coordinator
Kirsty is the Sales and Events coordinator and started with us in August 2022. She is responsible for coordinating all aspects of our clients events. Whether you are looking to book a private function, corporate event or regular let, Kirsty is the perfect person to help turn your vision into a reality. From the initial point of contact with our clients to being there on the day she will guide you through. A recent graduate in International Festival and Event Management she has experience with Scottish Rugby as well as working overseas looking after the sustainable delivery of a festival in Norway.
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.