Dublin-based LGBTQ+ community resource centre Outhouse has announced Oisín O’Reilly as its new CEO. The news was announced online on the morning of Tuesday, May 10, by Outhouse chairperson Séamus McManus.
On his appointment, Oisín O’Reilly stated: “I am delighted to take up the role of CEO of Outhouse, an organisation that I’ve long admired and respected for its community approach to advance the safety of LGBT+ people over its 25 year history.
“I’m particularly excited to lead on the development of a new strategic plan, building on Outhouse’s many successes and identifying key priorities for the next five years at a time of opportunity for real and meaningful change.”
He continued, “I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor Martha Whyte who has shaped the organisation into the well-regarded organisation it is today. I’m looking forward to working with the passionate team and expert Trustees to respond to the evolving needs of our community.”
Chairperson Séamus McManus expressed that he is “delighted the Board has been able to appoint a person of Oisín O’Reilly’s calibre”.
“Oisín has demonstrated his broad and detailed knowledge of the needs of the LGBT+ community, service delivery, advocacy, fundraising and has the experience of leading and growing NGOs,” he added.
“Oisín played important roles in some of the most pivotal developments in LGBT+ issues over the last decade and a half, not least his contributions to civil marriage and equality through the BeLonG To YES campaign, and in growing BeLonG To to become the leading Irish LGBT+ organisation.”
We are thrilled for our former Deputy CEO, Head of Operations & Fundraising @Oisin_OReilly?
After 12 years at Belong To, Oisin brings his expertise, insights & years of knowledge about safe spaces to @Outhouse_Dublin
We look forward to collaborating & wish him the best ❤️ https://t.co/QdswcdIBFq
— BeLonG To Youth Services (@Belong_To) May 10, 2022
Not only has Oisín worked in the LGBTQ+ sphere, but he has also dedicated his time to tackling youth unemployment, and working with the Irish Refugee Council to improve support for those seeking international protection.
“He will bring with him this wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of CEO of Outhouse,” McManus concluded.
I'm excited to have taken up my new role as CEO. Missing my colleagues from @Belong_To, am inspired by the dedicated and passionate team @Outhouse_Dublin and how they strive to ensure our LGBT+ community thrives. Excited for what the future holds! https://t.co/TrNHGjPmFx
— ???í? ?' ℝ????? (he/him) (@Oisin_OReilly) May 10, 2022
Oisín was appointed CEO after Martha Whyte stepped down from the position following over 15 years of service to the cause. He has a wealth of experience in social justice campaigns and nonprofit leadership, garnered through his experiences in roles such as being the Deputy CEO, Head of Operations, Fundraising, and Corporate Secretary at BeLonG To, Executive Chairperson of Dublin Pride, and Board member at the International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation.
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