Meet our team

Our team are committed to advocating for, supporting and providing the highest level of care to those who access our services.

With a vast range of experience, the Anew team embody our values of care and compassion and illustrate all that Anew stands for in the work that they carry out on a daily basis. 

Marian Barnard

Marian has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years specialising in governance, compliance and strategic development.

Originally qualifying with an honours degree in biochemistry, Marian worked in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry for 10 years,  she then went on to run her own business for 12 years; during which time she sat on the board of the Portarlington Credit Union which is where she developed an interest in the not-for-profit sector, particularly in the areas of governance and compliance. Marian’s interest continued to grow and led her to attain a masters degree in co-operative and social enterprise in 2011 and move into a career in the charity sector. 

Marian lives in Portarlington with her husband Gary and three children; Grace, Maeve and Joseph. 

Danielle Gannon

Danielle joined the Anew team in December 2020 as our Senior Services Manager, supporting pregnant women at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness as well as new mothers who are or have been homeless. Danielle came to us with extensive experience within the homeless sector fulfilling various roles in case management, child support, housing support and intensive family sustainment in the community. 

Training in the area of complex trauma and psychologically informed environment, Danielle is committed to ongoing education and training and gained a postgraduate diploma in child protection and welfare from Trinity College in 2013. 

Outside of work, Danielle likes to spend time with her partner as well as cooking, reading and walking. 

Genevieve Kelly

Joining us in 2020 as the Housing Case Worker, Genevieve works to support the women we work with who are at risk of homelessness to either move into Cherry Blossom Cottage or find suitable accommodation through the Housing Assistance Scheme (HAP). 

Graduating from NUI Maynooth, Genevieve brings a diploma in Youth and Community  work as well as a degree in Applied Social Studies to the Anew team. She has over eight years experience working with young people and families experiencing homelessness and supporting those coming out of homelessness with the transition to their forever homes. 

Outside of work, Genevieve enjoys meditation, yin yoga and also loves to cook. 

Grainne Bollard

Grainne joined us in 2019 as a social care worker. Grainne works as part of a small time that provides intensive support for the women that we work with, both during and after their pregnancies. With a focus on areas like positive parenting, life skills and practical support, Grainne also provides outreach support and meets with our women and their babies on a regular basis. 

With extensive experience working in residential settings, Grainne brings vast amounts of knowledge and skills in identifying needs, building positive relationships and providing individually tailored care programmes. 

Outside of work, Grainne volunteers with Pieta House and loves to spend time with her husband Dermot and two sons Cathal and Sean. 

Anew Staff

  • Head Office – CEO, Admin Support and Finance Officer
  • Services – Senior Service Manager, Therapist, Housing Worker, Social Care Workers and Support Staff
  • Charity Shop, Thurles – CE/TUS Workers and Volunteers

Our Team:

Marian Barnard MBS

CEO

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.


Danielle Gannon

Senior Services Manger

Danielle Gannon joined Anew in December 2020 as Senior Services Manager for our services supporting pregnant women at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and new mothers who are or have been homeless. Danielle has extensive experience working in the Homeless Sector, fulfilling various roles such as Case Management, Child Support, Housing Support and Intensive Family Sustainment in the Community. She has trained in the area of Complex Trauma and Psychologically Informed Environment. Danielle is committed to ongoing education and training and in 2013 completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare in TCD.

In 2016 Danielle began working in an organisation providing Boarding services to Deaf children and young people. Here she initially worked as a Social Care Leader and then Project Manager with a focus on quality improvement, compliance, and service development. This year Danielle successfully developed a new Model of Care for the Boarding services.

Outside of work Danielle likes to spend time with her partner, cooking, reading and walking.


Genevieve Kelly

Housing Case Worker

Genevieve Kelly joined Anew in February 2020 as the Housing Case Worker with the main aim of supporting the women we work with who are at risk of homelessness to either move into the cottage or find other suitable accommodation through the HAP scheme.

Genevieve has a background is in legal, event management and more recently housing and homelessness.  Genevieve has a Diploma in Youth and Community work and a degree in Applied Social Studies both from NUI Maynooth.  She has over eight years’ experience supporting young people and families during their time in homeless services as well as supporting them with the transition to their forever homes.

Outside of work Genevieve enjoys meditation, yin yoga and loves to cook


Grainne Bollard

Social Care Worker

I joined Anew in February 2019 as a Social Care Worker. I am part of a small team who provides intensive support for the women we work with during and after their pregnancies. The areas that i focus on are Positive Parenting, Life Skills and Practical Support. I also provide Outreach Parenting Support and would meet our women and babies on a regular basis to identify their individual needs on leaving our service. Anew depend hugely on Donations and I liaise through our Facebook page, Anew Swords for essential items to offer our women according to their needs.

I also have previous experience working with young teenage girls in a Residential setting. I worked closely with a multi-disciplinary team which enabled us to put care measures in place to meet the identified needs, build positive relationships and acknowledge the young person’s voice in the delivery of our care. Our focus was on providing care and other programs that would support the young person’s return to their community at the end of their stay with us.

Outside of work I am an active volunteer with Pieta House, preventing self-harm and suicide. I am part of a team that help to organize their main flagship event Darkness into Light that takes place in May of every year and together as a family we have raised much needed funds for Pieta.

I am married to Dermot and have two boys Cathal and Sean.


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.