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Our Team

The Anew team is made up of accredited counsellors and psychotherapists, social care workers, project and support workers, interns and administrative support staff. The back office team have expertise in the area of business, human resources, finance and marketing.


Anew employs 23 staff. Allocation of employees as follows:

  • Head Office – CEO, Ops Manager, National Counselling Coordinator and HR & Compliance Officer
  • Dublin Centre – National Counselling Manager, Counsellors, Volunteers and Administrative workers
  • Accommodation Service – National Accommodation Service Manager, Social Care Workers, Support staff
  • Cork Centre – Southern Region Team Leader, Counsellors, Project worker and administrative workers
  • Tipperary Centre – Counsellors
  • Charity Shop, Thurles – CE/TUS Workers and Volunteers


Over the past thirty years, the development of Anew’s service was centred on volunteer input.  Today, Anew continues to deliver its service through the dedication of a number of volunteers. Volunteers form part of the organisational structure and consist of general volunteers and skilled helpers.

Management Team

Mary McCarthy: CEO

Mary-McCarthyMary McCarthy comes from the Recruitment sector with over 10 years’ experience working for an American multinational at senior management level. Mary has recently completed her 2nd Master’s degree, this time in Human Resource Management through DCU. Having completed a number of Leadership programmes, Mary has most recently become a member of the Timoney Alumni Leadership Institute that provides world-class Executive Education programmes to people in senior leadership roles in business, the public sector and the not-for-profit sector.

Marian Barnard MBS: Interim CEO (Operations Manager)

Marian is currently employed as Interim CEO while Mary McCarthy is on planned leave. Marian was previously the Operations Manager at Anew covering all areas of the organisations operations including Strategic Development, Governance, HR, Policy Development, Compliance and Risk Management. She is acting up as CEO in Mary’s absence.
Originally qualifying with an honours degree in Biochemistry, Marian spent ten years working in the pharmaceutical industry where she gained experience in the areas of quality assurance and compliance which are at the core of the industry. Following this she ran her own business for 12 years; during this time she sat on the board of Portarlington Credit Union where she developed a keen interest in the non-profit sector particularly in the areas of governance and compliance. This interest prompted Marian to attain a Masters in Co-operative and Social Enterprise in 2011 and a career change into the Charity Sector.

Fiona Dunny: HR and Compliance Officer

Deirdre Delaney: National Counselling Manager

Deirdre’s professional background was in business, she changed direction in 2004 when she gained her degree in Psychology in U.C.D. she followed that with a post grad diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, graduating in 2012. Deirdre is an associate member of I.A.H.I.P.
During her training she gained research experience in the area of mental health, specifically looking at Alzheimer’s and Dementia. She also completed my training counselling hours in the area of mental health.
Her interest in counselling and psychotherapy started when she volunteered with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre as a telephone counsellor. She subsequently worked in the area of domestic violence with Women’s Aid.
In 2013 she joined Anew based in the Dublin centre. She was drawn to the organisation as she had experience with vulnerable women and the issue of crisis pregnancy had come up many times during her time with the D.R.C.C and Women’s Aid.
Deirdre was also a psychotherapist with the Women’s Therapy Centre dealing specifically with clients who suffered inter relationship trauma. She worked as student counsellor with U.C.D and also as a part time tutor of Psychology with the Adult Education Department in N.U.I. Maynooth.

Deirdre Shanahan MIACP: Team Leader / Counsellor, Cork/Thurles

Deirdre-ShanahanDeirdre Shanahan has worked as a counsellor in the Cork Centre in Anew for over 12 years. She provides counselling and also delivers Parenting Classes in the Cork Centre. She holds an honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. She also holds a Diploma in Social and Rural Science (UCC), Certificate in Crisis Pregnancy Counselling (NUIM), Certificate in Cyber Counselling Skills (Toronto University) and Certificate in Sexual Health (HSE South).
She has trained in Parent Plus Early Years Programme, Parent Plus 6 – 12 years Programme, Positive Parenting – Building Strong Relationships with Children, Strengthening Families Programme – for high risk children and teenagers and Has worked extensively in private practice with children and teens.

“I am so happy that Anew has won an award for Women’s Support Group of the Year, because they’re tackling an issue that so many overlook. Anew deserve recognition for the amazing work they do on a day-to-day basis, lifting spirits and giving hope to new mothers like me facing difficult times.”

Holly, current resident and new mum

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No one at Anew is paid less than €22k or more than €60k per annum as a full-time wage.