Anne Kelleher joins us as the Communications Person. Anne is a teacher by profession and comes to this post having had a wide range of experiences within the education sector and also within parish life. Anne is married to John and they have two children who are now young adults, in their early twenties. They live in Kildare, Ireland, 40 kms form Dublin.
Anne began her teaching career with the De La Salle Brothers in Kildare Town, followed by spending two years training teachers in the curriculum area of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE).
Her interest in the impact of quality teacher-education on the lives of students and their families, was a significant reason for appointing Anne in 1997 as the first Director of Kildare Education Support Centre for teachers.
Anne graduated with an M.St. Hons, (Educational Leadership & Management) from Trinity College, Dublin in 1997, where she continues to lecture part-time in the Masters Programme.
In 2007, Anne was appointed CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Catholic Education, an Irish Schools Trust (CEIST). One of the major tasks was to uphold the ethos and standards which five Religious Congregations had contributed to Catholic Education in Ireland. This was particularly urgent as the decline in religious vocations will make a significant difference to educational provision into the future.
Anne’s strengths in communication and networking capabilities have seen her as an active member of numerous bodies and organisations, in working to make a difference in the lives of others. Many of these Bodies were in the field of education as well as parish & community activities.
Anne is also involved with Feile Bride Cairde , a centre run by the Brigidine sisters in Kildare, Ireland. She is responsible for specific work in providing for the Annual Celtic Heritage Lecture series, sourcing national and international speakers with a particular focus on the Spirituality of the human person.
Catholic Social Teaching has hugely influenced Anne’s life, informing her practice and decisions. Her career and lifestyle choices have all been shaped by a deep Faith and belief in the view that we are all called to respond to our baptismal commitment and work to ensure the dignity of the human person. Precisely because of this, Anne felt drawn to the Ministry of RENATE and hopes that she can contribute to the Vision and Mission of RENATE, in the prevention of Human Trafficking and the exploitation of people.
With her broad experience and capacity to network, we are delighted to welcome Anne to the RENATE team and hope that her time with us will be of great benefit to all who unite in the work of Anti-Human Trafficking.