Una Gillespie

Freelance Writer & Editor

Location:Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
2 Skills
Una Gillespie

Driving Licence • Car Owner

Personal Statement
Graduate. An experienced writer/researcher. I am focussed,enthusiastic and conscientious. I have a
proven track record of being able to work under pressure and to deliver to deadlines. I have the ability
to plan strategically, manage staff/volunteers, projects/organisations. I am an efficent organiser and
can work in a flexible manner to meet the needs of clients.
Key Skills
? Extensive organisation, strategic planning and development skills.
? Excellent communication skills both written and oral.
? Extensive experience in the use of IT programmes such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access,
Powerpoint and Publisher.
? Experience in the use of SPSS.
? Skilled in data input, statistical analysis and presentation.
? Strong presentation skills in research, reports, articles, evaluations, development planning.
? Writing,preparation and publication of research projects including editorial and proof reading
? Proven ability to prioritise, manage time, efficient and effective delivery of projects.
? Range of Publicity and information skills, dealing with media, writing articles and letters.
? Excellent evaluation skills.
Work Experience
Consultant, Self employed, Belfast
(2009 to Current)
Providing independent consultancy services to the voluntary and community sector.
Carrying out evaluations of projects/organisations.
Research projects.
Statistical analysis.
Policy analysis and preparation of responses to consultation on policy and legislation.
Equality Impact Assessments.
Writing of annual reports and development plans.
Organisation of conferences, seminars and planning days.
Doing Powerpoint presentations for the above.
Liaising with the voluntary and community sector, elected representatives, public sector and statutory
Commissioner, Equality Commission NI, Belfast
(2003 to 2009)
A public appointment to Commission for two consecutive terms. Responsibilities included strategic
planning for the Commissions work, budget management, representation of the Commission at
conferences and meetings, working on the legal funding committee in assessing cases for support.
Policy and research committee- agreeing and implementing research strategy and publication of
research topics. Section 75 committee- dealing with complaints under section 75 of the NI Act.
Working on issues on equality legislation
Coordinator, West Belfast Economic Forum, Belfast
(2000 to 2009)
Coordinating six staff and volunteers.
Working with management committee and subgroups developing and implementin
CV built using
g the Forum's strategic plan.
Coordinating research and information strategy including preparation of terms of reference etc.
Carrying out research projects, editting and proofreading research and other projects. Preparation of
funding applications. Writing articles for the Economic Bulletin and local media. Preparing responses
to government policies and Section 75 consultations on equality.
Statistical analysis and presentation on issues such as economic and social policy, census, indicators
of deprivation etc.
Analysis and consultation on social and economic rights. Preparation of submissions on Bill of Rights,
Programme for Government and budgets.
Organisation of conferences, seminars, workshops on a wide range of issues.
Representation of the Economic Forum on outside bodies.
Management of internal budgets and preparation of returns and reports for funders.
Design and preparation of information and publicity material; leaflets, information sheets, reports,
research projects, articles for magazines.
Personal Assistant, NI Assembly, Belfast
(1999 to 2000)
PA to an Assembly member. Responsibilities included organising her diary, coordinating the work of
the office, dealing with correspondence, preparing written questions to the Assembly. Writing policy
responses to major issues under the Good Friday Agreement i.e Bill of Rights, Policing, criminal
justice, legal aid and equality.
Director, Foundry Regeneration Trust, Belfast
(1994 to 1999)
Coordination of staff and volunteers.
Maximising community participation in economic, social, environmental and physical planning
schemes relating to the Springvale Development Scheme.
Organising consultation with the local community on the proposed university campus for Springvale.
Working with a range of voluntary, statutory, political and funding agencies.
Organisation of community planning days, conferences and seminars.
Drafting and publishing educational and publicity material on issues around Springvale in particular
and West Belfast in general.
Lobbying of government bodies and elected representatives.
Education and Publicity Worker, Belfast **** Crisis Centre, Belfast
(1986 to 1994)
Telephone crisis, one to one and group counselling of survivors of **** and ****** abuse. Initial
facilitation of self help groups. responding to the educational needs of the centres staff and
volunteers. Planning and presenting conferences, workshops etc to a range of outside bodies such as
midwives, nurses, social workers, students on a range of issues. Design and preparation of
educational packages and information/promotional material. Organisation of media campaigns on
relevant issues.Advocacy of women and young girls within the legal system and support through court
President/Regional Convenor/Women's Rights Officer, St Mary's Students Union, Union of
Students of Ireland, NUS/USI, Belfast and Dublin
(1983 to 1987)
I served two years as elected sabbatical Presidents of ST Mary's Students Union and was also
elected as Regional Convenor for NUS/USI. In this period I also served as a member of the
management committee of the Student Housing Association Co-operative (SHAC).
In 1987 I was elected to the position of Women's Rights Officer for the Union of Students in Ireland.
These involved the representation of students both locally and nationally, development of strategy
according to union policy, education and publicity campaigns. Representations of organisations on
outside bodies. Lobbying government bodies in both the north and south of Ireland as well as
Westminster. Development and provision of resources for students unions locally and nationally.
CV built using
Queen's University, Belfast
1986 to 1988
Master of Arts, Anglo-Irish Literature
St. Mary's College of Education, Belfast
1980 to 1984
B.Ed Hons, 2:1
St. Dominic's High School, Belfast
1973 to 1980
'A' Level:
English Literature: A
Art: B
History of Art: A
'O' Level
10 GCE O levels Grades A-B including English, Maths, Geography and French
Hobbies & Interests
I am a keen reader.
I am involved in the community and voluntary sector through membership of the management
committees of the Falls Community Council and Ballymurphy Women's Centre.
I have been involved in equality and human rights campaigns over the years and still maintain a keen
I have three dogs and am a qualified Dog Listener, holder of the Jan Fennell Certificate in Advanced
Canine Communication and have done voluntary work with Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary. I
work part time with clients having problems with their own dogs or starting out with a new puppy or
rescue dog.
I also enjoy travelling, photography and art and enjoy visiting museums and galleries.
I like to go the cinema and horseracing.
I hold a PSV License and currently work part time as a taxi driver
References are available on request.
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