Anew Staff

  • Head Office – CEO and HR & Compliance Officer
  • Dublin Centre – Senior Service Manager, Counsellors, Volunteers and Administrative workers
  • Homelessness and Housing – Senior Service Manager, Social Care Workers, Support staff
  • Cork Centre –  Service Manager, Counsellor and administrative workers
  • Charity Shop, Thurles – CE/TUS Workers and Volunteers

Our Management Team:

Marian Barnard MBS


Marian has been in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years. She specialises in governance, compliance and strategic development. Originally qualifying with an honours degree in Biochemistry, Marian worked in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry for ten years, then ran her own business for 12 years; during which 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.

Marian lives in Portarlington and is married to Gary. They have three children; Grace, Maeve and Joseph.

Fiona Dunny

HR and Compliance Officer

Fiona currently works as the HR & Compliance Officer in Head Office, ensuring Anew’s policies and procedures are compliant with funders’ requirements, the Charities Regulator and other regulatory bodies. She works with the board on governance issues and is responsible for all aspects of HR across the organisation. Fiona brings with her a wealth of corporate experience, having worked in Ireland and the UK in HR, recruitment, compliance, marketing and project and event management. Fiona has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from University College Dublin.

Deirdre Delaney

Senior Services Manger

Deirdre’s professional background was in business; she changed direction in 2004 when she gained her degree in Psychology from 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 many 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.

Deirdre was drawn to Anew as she had experience with vulnerable women 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.

Fiona Barry

Senior Services Manger

Fiona Barry joined Anew in May 2018 with specific responsibility for our services targeting pregnant women at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and new mothers who are or have been homeless.

Fiona started work in the homeless sector in Dublin in 1992 and since then has worked in the NGO sector, across a range of social services, but mainly focussed on housing and homelessness. In addition to her Degree in Social Science and her initial Higher Diploma in Business and Management, Fiona has consistently remained committed to ongoing training to ensure she can adapt to the ever-changing needs of those to whom we provide services and most specifically homelessness.

Fiona has been an active member of the Dublin Homeless Network for many years, representing the varied needs of services users and has led on a number of key policy and strategy documents on behalf of the sector. Fiona is particularly committed to identifying the most marginalised groups within the homeless sector, in recent years migrants, pregnant women and victims of domestic violence ensuring that the voice of these “hidden homeless” is heard at a sector level.

Fiona is committed to client involvement and peer mentorship in all aspects of service delivery. She is hugely interested in ensuring that service delivery achieves great outcomes and impacts for the service user and holds herself accountable at all times.

Outside of work, Fiona is Mum to two children and two rescue dogs and enjoys yoga, gardening and cooking.

Deirdre Shanahan MIACP

Service Manager/ Counsellor

Deirdre 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.


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.