Month: January 2023

Anna Nolan appointed Chairperson of NXF

Michael Brett appointed as New Group Manager for GCN, Ireland’s national LGBTQ+ media outlet 

Anna Nolan has been appointed Chairperson of the NXF, the National LGBT Federation. The NXF publishes GCN, Ireland’s national media outlet for the LGBTQ+ community. The NXF also runs the GALAS Awards which celebrate the contribution of LGBTQ+ individuals, groups and organisations to Irish society; it undertakes research projects and advocacy activities to promote equality; as well as archiving projects to document and preserve Irish LGBTQ+ history. 

Previous Chairpersons of the NXF include Senator David Norris, Ailbhe Smyth, and Tonie Walsh.  

About Anna Nolan

Anna Nolan has over 20 years’ experience in the media industry, having worked for the BBC, Channel 4 and RTE.  She is now Head of Development at COCO Content, one of Ireland’s leading television production companies. 

Anna joined the NXF in 2021, tasked with working with GCN. Over the last 18 months she has collaborated with the GCN team to create their new 3-year strategy, which will be published this spring.

Speaking about her appointment Anna Nolan says, “I’m thrilled to have been appointed Chair of the NXF, working with the voluntary members of this board.  The NXF is the oldest LGBTQ+ NGO in Ireland and I am excited to bring the NXF forward, to build on its achievements and move into a dynamic and impactful period, during this crucial time for LGBTQ+ people. I am also incredibly excited to continue working with GCN, and to support the work they do for the LGBTQ+ community.  More than ever, GCN’s contribution to Irish society is vital, in a world that sees minorities like our community under threat.”

A registered charity with a not-for-profit business model, GCN has been Ireland’s free national LGBTQ+ press since 1988. For over three decades, GCN has acted as a key resource to inform, educate, connect and entertain the LGBTQ+ community.  

“The team at GCN punch above their weight. Along with the publication of its magazine, when you consider the digital reach GCN has – there were 2.6m page views of in 2022 plus a highly engaged audience across all major social media platforms, this highlights the fact that more than ever, people are looking to GCN for up-to-the-minute information, support and education, and to discover more about our broad and diverse community.”

Michael Brett, newly appointed Group Manager for GCN

As well as a new Chairperson for the NXF, GCN has appointed a new Group Manager to lead the organisation and implement its new three-year strategy. Michael Brett, a stalwart of the media industry in Ireland with over 20 years’ experience, has been appointed to manage the not-for-profit. 

The Group Manager is a newly created position, with responsibility for overseeing GCN’s operations and editorial team; governance and funding; and implementing GCN’s new three-year strategy which will focus on continuing to provide a voice for and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community throughout Ireland.

About Michael Brett

A native of Kilkenny, Michael Brett has over 20 years of experience in media including both as a presenter and in management roles. He has worked with local radio stations including Radio Kilkenny, Tipp FM, and worked in television; before moving to a role as Programme and Content Director for Spin South West, 98FM and Spin 1038.  Most recently, Michael has been involved with Learning Waves Skillnet to provide training to the broadcast industry and with the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland. He also managed the pop-up radio station, Pride Vibes, which ran last June and July to celebrate Pride across the country. 

Speaking about his appointment of Group Manager for GCN, Michael Brett said: “I’m very excited to be joining the amazing team at GCN, especially at such an important time as GCN continues to evolve into a dynamic platform for our community. Over its 35-year history, GCN has evolved into a multimedia organisation, starting with the magazine, and online, organising events, and keeping the community up to date on social media channels.”

Commenting on Mr Brett’s appointment, Anna Nolan said: “We are delighted to welcome Michael Brett to GCN, in what is a critical role for the organisation and for the LGBTQ+ community throughout Ireland. We would also like to say thank you to our outgoing Managing Editor of GCN, Lisa Connell, who has worked tirelessly for the LGBTQ+ community for the past 14 years.” 

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