Meet the team

Get to know the team behind Scotland's Urban Past (SUP).

Chiara Ronchini, Project Manager

I lead the team, oversee project delivery and develop partnerships and networks.

I bring my experience and knowledge of heritage management and sustainable urban development in Scotland, Uzbekistan, Italy and Egypt, through my previous roles with Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, UNESCO and World Heritage Centre.

A chartered UK architect, I have a passion for vernacular architecture and indigenous knowledge, and, if I'm not at my desk, I'll probably be visiting our projects on site or exploring new project leads.

'Urban past' for me is: 'unexpected and hidden places'

Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 6772

chiara.ronchini@hes.scot

Carol Stobie, Audience Development Officer

I'm here to respond to community-based groups (of any kind, not just history groups) who are thinking of developing a SUP project idea to explore the history of a building, street or neighbourhood. If that's you, get in touch. We'll talk it over together and help you work out how best to get involved with SUP. It's all about what you want to get out of it – we'll support you with training and other resources.

I'm a highly experienced adult learning practitioner with colourful added experience in the voluntary sector, coaching, storytelling, folklore/cultural history lecturing and ghost tour guiding.

'Urban past' for me is: 'intriguing crumbling ruins...'

Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 6870

carol.stobie@hes.scot

 

Fiona Watson, Learning Officer

I support schools and youth groups with their projects, deliver outdoor learning activities and CPD sessions, and create free bespoke education resources. I also coordinate the Youth Forum - 16-24 year olds who influence what we do at SUP while they receive free training and careers advice.

As an archaeologist, I’m used to getting hands on with heritage and have a keen interest in the wider benefits that engaging with the past can bring to people. In previous roles, I’ve supported a diverse range of audiences and abilities in community projects and outdoor learning activities. I’m delighted to bring this experience to the SUP team. 

 

Learning is a lifelong skill that everyone should have an equal opportunity to develop and enjoy. I hope to make learning about Scotland’s urban heritage an accessible, creative and memorable experience! 

'Urban past' for me is: 'the people'

Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 6819

fiona.isobel.watson@hes.scot

 

Nicky Imrie, Training Officer

Out and about, you'll meet me leading training workshops on historical document research, architectural drawings and understanding buildings and urban landscapes. I'll also be assisting my colleagues on our wide range of training and learning activities.

Back at HQ in Edinburgh, you'll find me researching and preparing resources for our workshops.

Before joining SUP, I worked as a researcher and translator, and in museum and archives in Glasgow, London and Vienna, investigating buildings and collections and sharing stories from the histories of architecture and design, medicine and psychiatry. Special interests include the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his colleagues, and the design of hospitals, asylums, sanatoria and prisons.

My favourite things about Scotland's urban past are parks and you'll usually find me running around in one at weekends.

'Urban past' for me is: 'parks'

Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 6734

nicky.imrie@hes.scot

 

Andrew (Danny) Dutton, Training Officer

My role is to help you 'get under the skin' of Scotland's urban heritage. With a background in archaeology, surveying and illustration, I try to understand how buildings – or landscapes – work and look for the human stories that lie behind them.

The study of buildings or urban landscapes can be both rewarding and challenging, and uses lots of different skills that we'd like the opportunity to share with you.

Previously I've worked in commercial and research environments, at home and abroad, and more recently with the Scotland's Rural Past community archaeology project.

'Urban past' for me is: 'culture'

Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 6795

danny.dutton@hes.scot

 

Peigi MacKillop, Digital Resources Officer

I'm here to help with any questions on digital things, such as free software you can use for your project, or how to get going online. I used to be a librarian, so if I don't know the answer, I know how to find out.

I'll be a point of contact for crowdsourcing and assisting all you Urban Detectives out there.

My background is in Higher Education, particularly the digital side of libraries and development of online information services. Scotland's Urban Past is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with communities.

'Urban past' for me is: 'cinemas'

Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 6763

peigi.mackillop@hes.scot