Ciara Shanahan is the AIEB Coordinator. She is a qualified community work practitioner with 20 years’ experience of working in the community sector at local and national levels as well as several years’ experience working as a community work educator.
She previously worked as the Equality for Women Measure Project Coordinator in both the National Traveller Women’s Forum and Galway Traveller Movement. She worked for 5 years as Assistant Lecturer and Fieldwork Placement Coordinator with the Department of Applied Social Studies, NUI Maynooth. Throughout her career she has worked on the issues of accommodation, education, and health with a particular interest in the needs of ethnic minorities and the impact of racism and sexism on people’s access to services.
Ciara is a voluntary board member of Domestic Violence Response, a community led organisation responding to the issue of domestic abuse in Galway city and county.
Anna Clarke is working with AIEB as a Consultant. She is a professionally qualified community work practitioner and also holds a MA in Human Rights and Equal Opportunities and an MSc in Community Planning and Governance. Anna’s career began in Liverpool, as a neighbourhood community worker on urban estates on the outskirts of the city, followed by roles in cooperative enterprise development, and immigration support work with refugees and asylum seekers. Moving to the North of Ireland in 1996, Anna managed an EU-funded Peace and Reconciliation programme and worked as Community Development Learning Coordinator with the Rural Community Network NI. She now runs Prospect Community, a community development learning consultancy. Areas of professional interest include supporting standards in professional practice, workforce and organisational development, community leadership, and community participation and engagement.
Anna is a European Regional Trustee on the Board of the International Association for Community Development and has held the role of Chair since 2019.