Marine Masters

Marine Masters

Meet our friendly team of experts.

Claire Matthews

Claire Matthews

Aquarium Manager

Having been part of the aquarium management team since the beginning of time, Claire likes to think she’s in charge here. Her usual habitat is the office from where she issues her orders for the rest of the team to ignore at their will… She mutters to herself a lot!

Chris Rickard

Chris Rickard

Aquarium Assistant

Chris has worked at the aquarium on and off for 14 years, in between teaching primary school kids. He is a really keen diver in Scottish waters and you’re most likely to see him in the kelp tank at weekends, tickling his favourite wolf fish. He knows loads about native sea life so, if you happen to see him on dry land, ask him a question – the trickier the better!

Chris Rowe

Chris Rowe

Displays Officer

Chris works hard to keep all the aquarium tanks and displays tip top and the animals healthy. When not making lego models of sharks, he’s happiest gluing bits of pipework under some fish tank. He especially likes lumpsuckers. His worst aquarist moment ever was when he once swallowed a dead sea anemone whilst trying to start a water siphon! Eeewww!

Frazer Mackay

Frazer Mackay

Aquarist

As chef to all the fish, Frazer spends a lot of time chopping squid! He makes sure the animals get a nutritious diet, from the tiny plankton eaters to the bigger fish with a bigger appetite. Super talkative, there’s not much that Frazer doesn’t know about marine life and he is only too happy to share his vast knowledge with our visitors.

Robbie Tuthill

Robbie Tuthill

Aquarium Assistant

Robbie is our resident expert on rocky shore marine life – what he doesn’t know about barnacles is not worth knowing! Another fan of the fearsome looking wolf fish, Robbie loves the diversity of his job and says the best bit is not only getting to teach people about the marine life we have on our coast but also learning something new every day.

Marie Dare

Marie Dare

Learning Officer

Hailing from tropical Barbados, Marie has 3 degrees in marine science and fisheries and conservation biology and is happiest diving in warm Caribbean seas. After years living in Aberdeenshire, she is still not used to the cold! As learning officer she makes sure our exhibits, events and education programmes are full of interesting fishy facts and science.

Julie Lorimer

Julie Lorimer

Administrator

Julie has an illustrious background in tourism and visitor attraction management and definitely keeps the team straight on all things administrative - and much else besides! She is responsible for our gift shop - and just loves the cuddly seahorses and magnum ice-creams!

Katy Geddes

Katy Geddes

Retail and Reception Assistant

Katy is likely to be the first person to greet you as you arrive at the aquarium. Born and raised on the Moray Firth coast, she has a background in retail and spent time working on an oil rig in the North Sea. From her shop window, she loves watching the gurnards as they walk along the sand on their little feelers.

Theo Bennison

Theo Bennison

Aquarium Team Supervisor

A recent graduate in marine biology, Theo is passionate about our oceans and conservation. It's Theo's job to make sure your visit is the best it can be and that all our feed shows and talks throughout each day run smoothly. Theo also knows a thing or two about crab parasites - should you care to ask!!