Published Friday, 13 June 2014
The former Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland was honoured for services to policing and the community.
Ms Gillespie, who had been the highest ranking female officer, stood down at the end of March after a career spanning over 30 years.
She had been considered a front runner to succeed Chief Constable Matt Baggott before announcing her retirement.
Reacting, she said: "I see this as recognition for my 32 years, including service in the RUC. I served for a long time in the RUC and that gave me the foundation."
Celebrity chef Jenny Bristow was also awarded a British Empire Medal for services to broadcasting and the food industry.
She has said she is "delighted" to be receive the award.
"I am honoured and truly blessed to have made a career out of something I love and am most passionate about," she said.
"This award is the icing on the cake, and I look forward to my visit to the palace and indeed many more years as a chef with many exciting new projects ahead."
A total of 95 people from Northern Ireland were recognised in this latest honours list, for their work in the community, economy or other sectors.
DUP Dungannon councillor Sammy Brush, received an MBE for services to the community in the county.
Mr Brush was shot in an IRA gun attack in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, in 1981 while working as a soldier and has supported victims and survivors of terrorism.
Mr Brush said: 'I am shocked but delighted to have been awarded the MBE. Whilst I have served the community for many years, whether that was delivering post, within the Ulster Defence Regiment or more recently as a district councillor, I never anticipated that I would be given an honour of this nature.
"I am obviously now looking forward to visiting the palace to receive the award."
DUP Leader Peter Robinson commented: "[Sammy] is hugely deserving of this honour and I am delighted that he is being recognised for the positive contribution he has made to the community."
Also included in the honours list was Mr Joseph Hyland, chief executive of the SOS Bus Charity, who was given an MBE for services to the community.
Local businessman Howard Hastings, whose company owns the Europa - which was once one of the world's most bombed hotels - was also recognised for services to tourism and hospitality. He spearheaded the N1 2012 'Our Place Our Time' campaign.
Dr Glynis Henry, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nurses and Midwives received the CBE for services to health care.
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