Gemma Handy

Curriculum Vitae

Highly motivated, driven journalist with exceptional writing, organisational and managerial skills. I have spent the last 10 years in leading positions in the media industry in the UK and West Indies, including Editor-in-Chief of a converged newsroom, overseeing all editorial output for print, radio and web, along with managing 80 staff and providing training. I also have a solid commercial background acquired through previous sales and marketing positions. Adaptable, assiduous and personable, dedicated to detail and meticulous about minutiae, I have an insatiable news sense and a knack for building productive and trusted working relationships.

Personal details:

Gemma Kirsten Handy, Coolidge, Antigua& Barbuda, West Indies.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Tel: 1268 764-3465. Date of birth: 10.2.75


  • Newsroom management via Commonwealth Press Union (September 2010 – January 2011)
  • BTEC Black and White film photography with merit at Walsall College, UK (2006)
  • NVQ level 4 Newspaper Writing at Express & Star, Wolverhampton, UK (2003 – 2004)
  • NCTJ Fast-track Print Journalism including 100wpm Teeline shorthand at Liverpool Community College, UK (September 2002 – January 2003)
  • BA Honours English Literature / Philosophy (2:2) at London Metropolitan University, UK (1995 – 1998)
  • 3 A’Levels in English, French and Law at New College, Telford, Shropshire, UK (1991 -1993)
  • 9 GCSEs at Shrewsbury High School, UK (1986 – 1991)

Work history:

2013 – Editor: Luxury Locations The Magazine, Antigua & Barbuda

2012 – 2013 Editor-in-Chief: Observer Media Group, Antigua & Barbuda

2011 – 2012 Senior Video Journalist: WIV Channel 4 TV, Turks & Caicos Islands

2009 – 2011Stringer: BBC Caribbean World Service

2006 – 2011 Associate Editor: Turks & Caicos Weekly News

2003 – 2006 Senior Reporter: Express & Star, Wolverhampton, England

1999 – 2001 Sales, PR and Marketing: Aurora Windows, Coventry, England

1998 – 1999 Client Liaison Officer: Employment Service, Shropshire, England

1993 – 1995 Hotel and catering positions, including trainee management, in Shropshire, England

Skills and interests:

Teeline shorthand 120 wpm; photography; excellent computer skills; driving licence; yoga; playing guitar; politics; writing short stories; scuba diving. Passionate about travel and experiencing diverse cultures, I backpacked aroundAsia, South America, Australia and New Zealand in 2001-2002. I also spent several months in 1995 volunteering on a rural development project in India.