Brendan Courtney

Award-winning TV presenter, broadcaster and designer

To book Brendan Courtney for your event, please call +44 (0) 7749 797341 or enquire online.

MIX Diversity Developers - Brendan Courtney
MIX Diversity Developers - Brendan Courtney
MIX Diversity Developers - Brendan Courtney
MIX Diversity Developers - Brendan Courtney
  • Biography

    Brendan Courtney’s professional journey as an award-winning TV presenter coupled with his personal story as Ireland’s first openly gay TV host has led to him becoming an inspirational speaker and advocate for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.

    His unique, entertaining and engaging style means not only is Brendan an in-demand TV star but also a globally sought after Live-Event / Awards Host and Speaker who inspires awareness to impact for positive change.

    One of Ireland’s best known and well-loved TV presenters, broadcaster, activist and designers, Brendan Courtney has established himself as an intelligent, insightful generous host, on “Keys to my Life”, his original TV format currently broadcasting Sunday nights on RTE1. At the same time, he is one of Ireland’s most trusted, empathetic and safe pair of hands on his recent 'Live Studio' series, RTE1’s ‘Ireland on Call’.

    Starting his career as a TV researcher he has been a TV presenter for over 20 years. He has hosted countless TV series in Ireland and the UK including his own self-titled terrestrial TV talk show. Selling his first TV format ‘Wanderlust' to 19 countries, he went on to start, run and successfully exit his London based TV production company 'Giant Film & TV'.

    Brendan also runs his own successful womenswear fashion label, ‘Lennon Courtney’ with his business partner Sonya Lennon, with whom he has also co-written two number 1 books on confidence and style.

    Using his profile to advocate for equality in the areas of health, housing, age and gender he recently achieved first-class honours in Europe's first Masters of Business (MBA) Degree in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.

    His TV series “This Crowded House” examined the housing crisis and both of his recent documentaries ‘We need to talk about Dad' and ‘We need to talk about Mam’ dealt with aging, housing, health care and the family, and fuelled legal reform in Ireland.

    Brendan was one of the key public faces of the ‘Yes Equality’ Marriage Referendum and as Ireland's first openly gay TV presenter, he has always crusaded for equality across gender, LGBTQ, age and housing. He is a regular corporate speaker on Equality, Inclusion & Diversity to audiences across the globe.

    His unique approach, engaging voice and personal story inspires awareness and makes an impact for positive change.

    Brendan lives between his homes in London and Dublin, his dog Nancy-Drew minds the Dublin home when he and Adam, his partner are away. A Transcendental Meditation practitioner, Brendan is also a qualified Animal Flow instructor.

    Key Topics:

    • My LGBTQ+ Business Story
    • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion – Bringing men in;
    • Unpaid Carers Rights

    Available for:

    • Conference speaking
    • Keynote speaking
    • Virtual events
  • Client Feedback

    MIX Diversity Developers - VMware logo

    “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.”

    MIX Diversity Developers - Volvo logo

    “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.”

    MIX Diversity Developers - Cardiac Risk in the Young logo

    “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.”

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