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


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 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.

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.


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.