Deirdre Cheers

Deputy Chair

MPubAdmin MSW (Research), GradDip (Counselling), BSocStud (Honors), MAASW, GAICD 

Deirdre is a well-known and respected leader in the child welfare sector with experience over the last nine years in CEO positions with large NSW agencies. Deirdre is the current Chair of the NSW child welfare peak body, the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA), and is also the current CEO of Barnardos Australia, a non-government leading child protection charity. 

Deirdre’s previous experience includes the role of Executive Director of CatholicCare in the Diocese of Broken Bay, and a professional career spanning 35 years in family support, child protection and out-of-home care. 

Qualifications include Masters Degrees in both Social Work and Public Administration, Deirdre has an extensive publication and presentation record across both research and policy issues concerning children and families. Memberships include the Australian Association of Social Workers and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.