NOVAS, the largest provider of homeless services in the Mid West, has appointed Una Deasy as their new chief executive to lead the organisation through what she describes as a challenging times.
Ms Deasy, who took up her new position last month, said she looks forwards to strategically leading the service into the future to create lasting solutions to homelessness.
With its head office in Limerick, the national housing and homeless charity also delivers supports in Cork, Kerry and Dublin. Last year the organisation worked with more than 5,000 people.
Prior to Novas, Ms Deasy was part of Saint Vincent de Paul’s Homeless Services Senior Management team, supporting and developing residential and outreach services across the country.
She has a range of experience in the private sector and not-for-profit organisations including Trócaire, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Amazon and Apple, leading projects and people in a range of areas.
She holds a Masters in Learning and Development, a Diploma in Management and Employee Relations and is completing Postgraduate studies in Innovation.
“For me, leading the organisation to meet the needs of those most vulnerable in our communities with a trauma informed, person-centered approach is critical. We want to efficiently and creatively provide excellent care to our clients and tenants and build sustainable futures with them,” Ms Deasy explained.
She acknowledged the huge challenges that face the sector, noting the unprecedented cost of living combined with the dearth in long-term housing has resulted in more people than ever seeking our support.
“We are ready to play our part in creating sustainable solutions to the crisis in collaboration with our partners in government. We commit to creating services that are agile to the evolving needs of our clients,” she added.