Aberdeen Science Centre (ASC) has appointed Erin Flett as business development manager ahead of the centre re-opening at the Tramsheds following a multi-million-pound redevelopment.
Erin, who is originally from Orkney, moved to Aberdeen in 2013 to study International Tourism Management at Robert Gordon University (RGU).
Since then, the RGU graduate has spent three years working in a variety of client facing roles including tourism and hospitality.
Most recently, Erin worked as a corporate sales executive for P&J Live for almost two years. The role involved working with the local corporate market, securing everything from meetings to large scale conferences and dinner dances.
Passionate about the third sector and education, the role combines Erin’s previous experience with her interests and values.
Erin said: “When the job came up at ASC, I knew it was the right fit. Before attending RGU I worked in early years education and I have previous experience in the tourism industry. I really enjoy communication, so it’s great to merge my experience in this client facing role.
“Working in business development for a charitable organisation is really exciting for me as I get to promote a really valuable facility.
“I’m also looking forward to working with clients that I have already built a relationship with in past jobs and showing how ASC will be a great fit for their events.”
The multi-million-pound redevelopment and revitalisation of the Tramsheds has resulted in the expansion of the exhibition and corporate space. The renovation includes an extension and the creation of a new mezzanine floor which has almost doubled the previous exhibition space.
One of Erin’s first tasks will be to highlight what the new space has to offer for future corporate events.
“I’ll be able to develop the corporate offering which historically has not been available at Aberdeen Science Centre, so it’s a great opportunity to make the role my own.”
Additionally, a main focus for Erin will be working towards ASC obtaining a Visit Scotland’s 5* rating.
Chief executive of Aberdeen Science Centre, Bryan Snelling said: “Erin is a brilliant addition to the team here at ASC and brings a wide skill set and level of experience to promote our new exhibition and conference space.
“The creation of this role allows us to reach the wider community both on a corporate and consumer level, and show off what the new centre has to offer.
“We’ve not been able to offer this service before, so Erin will play a vital part in developing and building on stakeholder relationships to promote this part of the centre.”
The £4.7m redevelopment has been made possible by support and funding from the Inspiring Science Fund – a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Research and Innovation and Wellcome – Opportunity North East (ONE) and Aberdeen City Council.
The project has secured a further £1.5m to ensure quality of programmes and delivery to enhance the overall visitor experience at the venue and funding is ongoing for future activities.