Gill studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and has a BA Hons Degree in Design.

Before joining Dundee and Angus College in 2008, Gill was a partner in many retail businesses including gift shops and fashion clothing stores based in Dundee, Perth and Dunfermline. Her last shop Ociano was sold to Arkive, Dundee in 2008.

Gill has extensive experience as a fashion buyer and for over 15 years attended trade fairs and catwalk shows in London, Paris and Berlin. Her stores were involved in many fashion shows over the years giving Gill a flair for the theatrical side of fashion.