Project Manager & Workshop Facilitator
Jim Keys is Primary Facilitator of GMT’s Workshop Education Programmes. A qualified teacher, Jim left the formal education sector in 1985 somewhat disillusioned by the contribution he could make there. In 1986 an encounter with the praxis of Brazilian educationalist Paulo Freire reignited the educator in him. He left Derry and went to train in the workshop methods of Frontline: Culture & Education in Manchester. Frontline was utilising Freire’s praxis to engage young people falling through the cracks in the education system. Together they created theatre about their lives for their communities. Two years later Jim returned to establish a Frontline group in Derry. Derry Frontline created three plays one of which, Inside Out, toured Ireland to critical acclaim.
He co-founded Gaslight Productions with Stephen Gargan in 1998. He was Executive Producer of its first project SUNDAY [make active link to SUNDAY in our site] made for Channel 4 Television. Post SUNDAY he went on to co-create with Stephen GMT’s innovative multimedia conflict transformation workshop programme epilogues. SUNDAY laid the foundations for the creation of epilogues. epilogues in turn laid the foundations for JustUs. epilogues, an exploration of the conflict aimed at adult citizens, starts in the past. JustUs, an exploration of conflict aimed at young people growing up here, starts in the present.
Cassie Riggs is a Facilitator of both our epilogues and JustUs conflict transformation Workshop Education Programmes for adult and young citizens respectively. As a student of the Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ulster, Magee, in 2006, Cassie had the opportunity to participate in epilogues, and found its model of inquiry reflective, collaborative, and entirely authentic. “As a blow-in from London, epilogues gave me my first opportunity to hear a broad, nuanced range of perspectives on, and experiences of, the Northern Irish conflict. This opportunity to engage with individuals’ unique and evolving perspectives and motivations shaped my professional interests.”
From GMT’s perspective it was clear that Cassie was a natural facilitator and we invited her to participate in our Facilitating epilogues workshop programme in 2007. Subsequently she participated in our Facilitating JustUs workshop programme.
Beyond GMT Cassie is a mental health trainer and facilitator working with small groups across Northern Ireland. Her deep interests lie in discussing and improving the small, lived experiences of individuals and communities, and contextualising these within wider social and cultural frameworks to improve understanding, increase agency and foster hope.
In Memory of Stephen Gargan
Stephen Gargan, our dear friend, colleague and GMT’s Project Manager tragically passed away on the 27th November 2022. In so many ways he lives on in epilogues and our other projects. His many influences are fondly remembered in our work going forward.
Hailing from Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot, in Dublin, it was Stephen’s deep concern for justice issues in the north that provoked a move to Derry in 1990. With a keen interest in literature and film coupled with acute awareness of how working class communities are usually excluded from these tools of expression, he quickly became active in the community education sector. He co-founded the radical cultural education projects 20/20 Vision and Gasyard Wall Feile. He became an active member of the Bloody Sunday Weekend Committee until 2011. Thereafter he joined the Bloody Sunday March Committee which co-ordinates the annual march and programme of educational events that contextualise it. He continued to underscore the importance of justice for all until his untimely death.
Stephen conducted original research that resulted in Gaslight’s award winning Channel 4 Drama documentary film SUNDAY [make active link to SUNDAY in our site]. He was the film’s Co Producer. SUNDAY screened in 2002 telling the story of Bloody Sunday, primarily from the perspective of the community that suffered it. He went on to co-create with Jim Keys, GMT’s innovative multimedia conflict transformation workshop programme epilogues. SUNDAY laid the foundations for the creation of epilogues. epilogues in turn laid the foundations for JustUs. epilogues, an exploration of the conflict aimed at adult citizens, starts in the past. JustUs, an exploration of conflict aimed at young people growing up here, starts in the present.
Board of Trustees
Rónán Moyne is the Development Manager with North Connacht & Ulster Citizens Information Service. A law graduate with post graduate qualifications in Management and Corporate Governance, he has over 15 years’ experience with the sector working in Derry & Strabane as a welfare rights adviser and advocate. He has held both organisational and managerial roles in Advice North West which works towards the vision of “A just society free from poverty, inequality and discrimination, where people can live securely with dignity, where everyone can have a fair chance in life to achieve their full potential with their rights respected and realised.”
Rónán has been a member of the Bloody Sunday March Committee since its inception in 2012, part of the team organising the annual March for Justice and its surrounding educational and cultural programme of events held in Derry around the anniversary each year. His commitment to social justice sees him working in collaboration with a range of other grassroots and community organisations focused on anti-poverty, workers’ rights, anti-racism, migrant rights and related campaigns and initiatives. He is a stand against state injustice and impunity for its crimes, be that against people or against our environment. Rónán has been a GMT Board member since 2014 and is currently its Chairperson.
Diane is a freelance group Facilitator who has worked in the field of peace building and community education for over 30 years. In her earlier work she was Training & Development Officer with the Workers Education Association (WEA) based in Derry with responsibility for the design, organisation and facilitation of their adult education programmes in the community/voluntary sector together with their Training The Trainer dimensions. During that time her particular focus was the development of programmes that could contribute to building a sustainable peace. She is directly responsible for ‘Creating Collaborative Advantage’ a programme designed to encourage and support the sector/s to develop models of joint-working as a way of sustaining their work post the peace monies.
Diane has been a member of GMT’s board since it formed in 2007. In addition to her work on the board Diane has facilitated the Training-The-Trainer workshops that accredit teachers and youth workers to deliver GMT’s JustUs project on a voluntary basis.
Beyond GMT she continues to train and facilitate programmes on the themes of Leadership, Principled Negotiation and Conflict Management. Driven by a deep concern for human and environmental justice, Diane is active in a number of campaigns across the North West and beyond.
Rose is a primary school teacher in Social Eoghain Moville, Co Donegal. A native of the town she has taught there for over thirty years. She was a co founder and facilitator of the Glasóige youth group which worked on human and environmental rights in and around the town. During a career break from the formal education sector (2012 to 2015) she worked as Global Education Co-Ordinator with Dublin based Afri (Action From Ireland). Afri works on the rights of human and the more than human in the web of life. Rose was also a board member with Children in Crossfire for over twenty years. She is a co founder and member of both Save Inis Eoghain from Gold Mining, and Communities Against the Injustice of Mining (CAIM), as well as being a member of Rights of Nature Donegal. Rose has been a board member of Gaslight Media Trust since 2015.
Betty draws on over 40 years of experience as a grass roots community activist for justice and human rights. She was Co-ordinator with Deirdre O’Hara of the Women’s Living History Circle from 1992 to 1994. This project interviewed and produced exhibitions and publications that documented and underscored the shared experience of working class Protestant and Catholic women’s lives in Derry’s Bogside and Fountain areas communities.
Betty has been a member of the Bloody Sunday March Committee since its inception in 2012, part of the team organising the annual March for Justice and its surrounding educational and cultural programme of events held in Derry around the anniversary each year.
She has been a member of GMT board since 2009 in which time she has held various roles. She is currently company Secretary.