Trevor Gillespie : Bio
I am a motivated self starter with ample and varied experience of life and business. Having initially studied Business Studies and Marketing, I spent twelve years in the DIY and Lifestyle Retail business. With over 18,000 sq.ft and a separate builders providers yard, I managed up to twenty employees along with managing the sales, purchasing, stock control, marketing and banking.
In 1999 I supervised the sale of the business and became a landlord, as the town centre store location lent itself to convenience shops rather than a large DIY store. During that time I was involved in two successful tourism developments. I purchased, renovated and developed two large rural properties for short and long term holiday stays before selling as going concerns namely Otterholt Riverside Lodge and Lenham Lodge & Stables.
The Delta Sensory Garden Project has become a very successful visitor attraction, as part of the Carlow Garden Trail in the South East of Ireland, along with creating employment for adults with special needs. I was involved as the lead project supervisor from the design stage and along with a very energised team we fundraised and received grant aid to complete the 12 different linked gardens in 3 years.
In 2004, I moved on to Commercial and Residential Property Development as the Irish economy flourished. The Commercial Development, consisting of 11 apartments and 6 retail units in a central down town location continues to flourish and the 2 hi-spec detached residential developments of approximately 50 houses each were 50% developed and sold before the financial and economic collapse in 2008. I was involved in the design, funding and management of these projects with over 100 sub-contractors involved between the 2 sites.
From September to December 2012, I oversaw the successful launch of "Writers Tears" Whiskey in Ontario, Canada working with the local distributor to introduce the brand to hostelries in Toronto. I spent 2013 near Stratford in the UK utilising my experience in sales, marketing, administration and management to develop new opportunities.
I have recently joined forces with a very dynamic team in Oneview Healthcare as a project manager based in Dublin, focussed on exciting patient engagement and wearable medical technology business opportunities in the US, Middle East and Australia.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
• Leaving Certificate. 1986
• Marketing Diploma. 1989
• Involved in the Retail, Tourism & Property Development sectors over 20 years.
• Managed Retail Outlets.
• Project Managed Several Successful Tourism Ventures.
• Developed Commercial & Residential Property sites.
Project Manager. Oneview Healthcare. Unit 1 Blackrock Business Park. Blackrock. Co.Dublin. Ireland.
Harnessing the Power of IT at the Point of Care. Oneview improves patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction by providing patients with tailored pre and post operative education, world class entertainment and communications services.
Real Food, Real Cooking, Real Fun!! Becketts Farm love real food and getting people back into real cooking. Whatever your age, Beckett's have something for you from individuals who don't know where to start in the kitchen to budding chefs who want to improve their cookery skills. They offer a great range of team building events and private cookery parties for those that fancy a get together with a difference.
Oversaw successful launch of the brand in Toronto, Canada working with local agents and hosteleries. www.writerstears.com
• Company Director, Gillespie Developments. Carlow. Ireland. 2004 - 2012
Developed commercial and residential sites including retail, office & apartments in Carlow town & hi-spec residential detached homes in two villages in County Carlow :-
• Project Manager Delta Sensory Gardens, Carlow . Jan 2001 - Mar 2004.
Developed new 3 acre National Sensory Gardens at Delta Centre, Strawhall, Carlow. Involved from design stage through to completion and launch. Involved with planning, personnel, recruitment, administration, funding, grant applications and launch.
• Manager, Arro DIY Store 1990 - 2001. www.arro.ie
Store Manager. Purchasing, Sales, Administration, Personnel, Banking.
• Developed Otterholt Riverside Lodge, Kilkenny Road, Carlow. Aug 1994 - Sep 1998.
Owner/Operator 55 Bed Holiday Hostel.
• Owner/Operator Lenham Lodge. 1996 - Dec 1999
Developed & Operated five 4 Star Self Catering Cottages.
• Excellent project management skills.
• Sales and customer focussed.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Health: Excellent
• Driving License: Full
• Horse Riding, Tennis, Golf, Swimming, Reading.
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