Brendan Courtney is a TV & Radio Host, Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur, Author, Advocate and Speaker specialising in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
One of Ireland’s best known and well-loved TV hosts, his award-winning TV documentaries which tackled such areas as inclusive housing, ageism and health have triggered policy reform within the Irish Government's Health Care systems and resulted in his ministerial appointment to the Department of Health’s executive advisory board.
Last year Brendan hosted Ireland’s first forum on Human Rights and Equality. He was invited by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to front the movement for greater recognition and protection of unpaid carers, he recently addressed the Irish Government asking for a commitment to consider the future for unpaid workers.
A leading and vocal public advocate of the 2015 Marriage Equality Referendum, he consistently leverages his profile to campaign for equality.
Brendan lives between his homes in London and Dublin, his dog Nancy-Drew is based in Dublin. A Transcendental Meditation practitioner, Brendan is also a qualified Animal Flow Instructor.
His professional journey began, as Ireland's first openly Gay TV presenter. This, coupled with his personal story has led to him becoming an inspirational advocate for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (last year he was awarded a first-class honors Masters of Business in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion)
His unique approach, engaging voice and personal story has made Brendan a sought-after TV presenter, speaker and consultant who inspires awareness and creates impact for positive change.
A serial Entrepreneur Brendan has started 4 businesses: 2 failed and 2 succeeded. His business story is a fascinating roller coaster of how to fail well and succeed better.
He has co-written two no.1 best-selling books on confidence with his business partner Sonya Lennon, who is also his co-founder of their international womenswear label, Lennon Courtney.
“Brendan was a fantastic MC at our Diversity & Inclusion event, effortlessly connecting speakers, themes and topics from start to finish. He had the right balance of empathy & humour to engage the audience and ensure they were included in the whole experience while also speaking openly about his own journey. Brendan spent a lot of time getting to know our values and our company and this all added to the great success of the event on the day.”
“We are proud to have Brendan as a Volvo ambassador, he hosts the Volvo Regatta each year where he brings an air of confidence and trust that is 100% in line with our brand, the audience love his wit, charm and honesty.”
“Brendan has been the host for our annual fundraising event for 7 years now. He is warm and fantastically engaging and an absolute pleasure to work with and really shows a true passion for the event and the ultimate professional. He has been an ambassador for CRY for 6 years and during this time he has always been more than approachable and always goes above and beyond for CRY, be it a photocall or an event he is always enthusiastic and empathetic for our cause at CRY Ireland.”
“As a hugely engaging MC, Brendan was the perfect personality to host a panel discussion around four senior clinicians, who when working in the area of brain injury, acquired a brain injury themselves; and currently live in their rehabilitative journeys. A highly emotional session and experience for both the participants and delegates attending - Brendan's perfect balance of empathy, passion and humour created a model atmosphere for these senior clinicians, to reflect back on their most traumatic experience, in a most comfortable environment. Brendan's ability to identify and connect with his audience - no matter who they are, or what their life experience has been, is both commendable and admirable. I hope we will work together again and would highly recommend him for any event in the future.”