GLEN is governed by a voluntary Board.
Margot Slattery, Chair
Margot Slattery is country president of Sodexo Ireland, part of the global Sodexo Group, the world's largest multi-services company. In Ireland, Sodexo employs 2,100 people delivering services that improve the quality of life to clients and their staff at 200 site locations.
Margot is on Sodexo's global LGBT network leadership team. The company is a founding partner and signatory of Ireland's first Diversity Charter and a finalist in the Best Employer category at the 2015 GALA Awards, Ireland's LGBT Awards.
Margot was the winner of a Trailblazer Award in the 2016 WXN Most Powerful Women in Ireland Awards and named Senior Leader of the Year at GLEN's inaugural Workplace Equality Index Awards in 2015. She is on the 2016 Out at Work/Telegraph list of Top 50 LGBT Executives and the 2015 Financial Times' list of Top 100 OUTstanding LGBT Business Leaders.
Simon Nugent, Finance Chair
Simon is CEO of the Private Hospitals Association. He was Special Adviser to the Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte T.D. from 2011 to 2014. Previously he worked in business representative organisations - serving as Chief Executive of both Chambers Ireland and the Irish Travel Agents Association. He is a former president of the National Youth Council of Ireland.
Muriel Walls, Secretary
Muriel is a family law solicitor and campaigner for over 30 years. She is a partner in the recently established firm of Walls & Toomey specialising in family law and mediation.
Dr Fergus Ryan is a lecturer in law at the Department of Law at Maynooth University (National University of Ireland), specialising in family law, constitutional law, law and gender, and sexual orientation law.
A former President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, and former Head of the Department of Law at DIT, he has also served as a visiting lecturer at UCD, TCD, the Law Society of Ireland, Washburn University (Kansas), and the University of Tulsa.
Fergus has spoken, written, and campaigned extensively on the topics of gender recognition, marriage, civil partnership, cohabitation, children's rights, and adoption.
Kieran, one of the founders of GLEN, is a Senior Planner in Dublin City Council and a Commissioner with Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission www.ihrec.ie. He was a member of the Board of the Equality Authority (2007 to 2014). He was on the Executive Committee and the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Yes Equality campaign in the 2015 marriage equality referendum.
He is Advisory Board Member of the Center for the Theory of Change in New York www.theoryofchange.org
He has researched, written and lectured widely on a range of issues including planning, social justice and the city, regeneration, human rights and equality, and economic development issues. One of his current interests is how the new statutory duty on public bodies to have regard to human rights and equality in the carrying out of their functions, might be implemented in terms of planning and the city.
Séamus Dooley is Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists. A former newspaper editor and journalist he is also a member of the Executive Council of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. He was co-convenor of the Trade Unionists for Civil Marriage Equality campaign group and served on the Yes Equality advisory group.
Previous Board Members
Director of Southern Gay Men's Health Project based in Cork. Arthur is a founder of Cork Gay Community Development Project and has had long term involvement in Cork's Quay Co-operative initiative. He is centrally involved in a substantial sheltered housing initiative in Cork.
Chris Robson, Co-Founder
Christopher Robson was a LGBT rights activist for more than 30 years. He was a founder member of the Dublin, Lesbian and Gay Collective, and also Gay Health Action. In 1988 he was one of the founding members of GLEN, and worked continuously with us since the foundation.
Chris sadly passed away in 2013.
Chris was also an avid photographer and his collection of photographs of Irish LGBT life was donated to the National Libriary of Ireland in 2015, at an event presided over by President Higgins
Nathalie is Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF), a national organisation committed to communicating architecture to the public and has developed the successful Open House Dublin initiative. In 2010 she was commissioner for the Irish exhibition at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at Venice and in 2008 she was co-commissioner and curator. In 2012 Natalie joined the board of GLEN.