Gillian Finan is a qualified historian. She holds a BA and MA in History from UCD. She is currently completing a PhD in Medieval Irish History. She has previously written a history of the Irish Farmers Journal to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Gillian has been a member of the Irish Girl Guides since she was a Brownie and has held many different leadership roles within the organisation throughout the years. At present she works part-time as a Regional Development Officer for the association.