Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Dr Chris Croly

Public Engagement with Research Manager

Chris joined the team in May 2015. Having spent 14 years working as a historian Chris has researched and published on many different aspects of Aberdeen and Scotland’s history. During this time Chris came to realise that there is both a huge public appetite in finding out about research as well as a really important role that engaging research with the public plays in helping to shape, influence and direct research.

Both research and engagement are intimately linked; each benefits greatly from the other. Chris brings to this role a love of research and engagement, of putting projects together, and of bringing research and researchers together with different and new audiences in innovative ways. 


Rachel Elliott

Public Engagement and Explorathon Officer

Barbara GorgoniRachel works jointly between CPD services team and PERU. She previously worked at OPITO, the skills body for the energy sector, and the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, where she managed the Scottish Government funded Developing the Young Workforce programme for the North East.

Rachel has also worked for a North East MSP. Rachel has project managed EXPLORATHON - European Researchers' Night since 2020. 

Monika Dimitrova

Engagement and Events Coordinator

Monika DimitrovaMonika works jointly between CPD and PERU and joined in 2021. She is a graduate in Business Management and Economics with an affinity for digital marketing.

Monika has completed a commercial marketing internship with Centrica and a social media internship with the University of Aberdeen, where she managed the social media channels of CPD and coordinated digital advertising for PERU events. She brings to the role her passion for online advertising and sharing research events with audience in a creative way.