Barncat Consulting was established in 2007 by Hannah Grene to provide independent consulting, evaluation and research to the non-profit and community sectors.

Barncat Consulting is an organisation with a social policy slant, and our goal is to work with our clients to improve the lives of others more effectively. We care about what we do, and we are always looking for ways to maximise the positive impact of our work for our clients. For example, we offer one pro bono day on completion of each contract, for follow up and review. If you have further ideas about how to fulfil our potential, we would love to hear them!

Hannah Grene


Hannah has a strong background in policy and research in the public, private and community sectors. She holds a first class honours LLM (Masters of Law) in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University, Galway. Since establishing Barncat Consulting in 2007, she has been working full-time as a freelance consultant and researcher for the community and non-profit sectors. Hannah also works in the area of international development, and has published several articles, particularly on human rights and corporate social responsibility. For her full CV, click here.

Helen Bartlett

Associate Consultant

Helen Bartlett is a researcher and consultant for the non governmental and community development sectors, specialising in policy and services related research and evaluations. Helen has worked in Africa, Asia and Europe as a legal advocate for forced migrants, trafficked persons and refugees. She holds a first class honours LLM in refugee and humanitarian law and has a background in human rights based approaches to programme management and policy development.

Andrea Breslin

Associate Consultant

Andrea Breslin has a strong background in research, policy, and programme management. Andrea has been involved in programme coordination, programme management, and capacity building in the area of human rights and governance, especially in Africa and the Middle East. She has worked on monitoring, investigating and reporting on human rights issues. She has lectured extensively on international human rights law, and has delivered numerous trainings on human rights to state and non-state actors. She holds an LLM and a PhD in international human rights law, and has worked for international NGOs, tribunals, donors, and the UN on human rights related issues.

Eva Early

Associate Consultant

Eva has worked in community development since she took part in the European Voluntary Service in Paris in 2003. She holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from Kimmage Development Studies Centre, where her dissertation was on volunteering and well-being. She has worked as Communications Officer with Volunteer Centres Ireland, the representative body for the 22 Volunteer Centres nationwide, and for community development consultancy the Nurture Programme, specialising in participative research techniques.

Barncat Consulting employs associate consultants to work on specific projects, according to their experience and expertise. If you would like to be considered as an associate, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with an up-to-date CV.

Hannah Grene


Hannah established Barncat Consulting in 2007, after completing her LLM in International Human Rights Law. Over the past fifteen years, she has worked extensively with a range of clients in government and non-profit sectors, including  various government departments and local authorities, international development NGOs, and Irish community development organisations. 

Hannah has also worked with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and their counterparts in Sierra Leone and Malawi, and with the European Fundamental Rights Agency. Prior to that, she worked for Ibec, the Irish business and employer association, which gave her an insight into business advocacy and influencing, and for the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Permanent Representation in Brussels.


  • LLM (Masters of Law) International Human Rights Law, First Class Honours Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway

    Thesis: The OECD National Contact Point System as a Means of Assessing Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights Abuses

    September 2008

  • BA (Bachelor of Arts) History, Upper Second Class Honours, Trinity College Dublin

    June 2002

  • Hannah has also completed professional development training in creative research methods; programme evaluation; and research data management (Social Research Association, UK and Ireland) and in advocacy and policy influencing for development practice (Kimmage Manor).


Hannah holds a C2 (Mastery) Level Diploma in French, and is very fluent in both written and spoken French. She can also read Spanish and has basic German.

Journal Publications

  • Hannah Grene ‘When it pays to work for free’, Research Matters, Social Research Association UK and Ireland, June 2016.

  • Hannah Grene 'Book review: Jernej Letnar Cernic, Human Rights Law and Business: Corporate Responsibility for Fundamental Human Rights' Human Rights Law Review 2011.

  • Hannah Grene ‘The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises as a Human Rights Tool’ Trócaire Development Review (November 2009)

  • Hannah Grene, ‘Corporate Accountability’ in ‘Human Rights Year in Review 2008’, The International Lawyer, Vol 43 (Summer 2009)

  • Hannah Grene, International Human Rights Network, ‘Human rights in the workplace: the effect of the recession’, Public Sector Review: International Development, Issue 13 (Spring 2009)

  • Hannah Grene ‘Book review: Human Rights and Corporations ed: David Kinley’ European Journal of Migration and Law Volume 11(4), 2009 , pp. 427-430.

Selected NGO Publications

  • Hannah Grene and Rita Cammaer, Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire: Understanding the links between climate change and violent conflict. A policy briefing and accompanying learning paper. Christian Aid, November 2017.

  • Hannah Grene and Mary Cosgrove, Mantras and Myths: a true picture of the Irish corporate tax system, Oxfam Ireland, March 2017.

  • Hannah Grene, Christian Aid Tackling Violence and Building Peace Global Strategy, 2016.

  • Hannah Grene, Where Aid meets Trade: Ireland’s role in the changing development landscape in Africa, a report for Trócaire, 2015.

  • Hannah Grene, Land Matters: Programme Toolkit, for Christian Aid Ireland, November 2015.

  • Hannah Grene (ed.), Feeling the Heat: How climate change is driving extreme weather in the development world, Trócaire, 2014.

  • Hannah Grene, Business and Human Rights: An advocacy manual, Trócaire, 2010.

  • Hannah Grene and Oisin Bourke, ENAR Shadow Report 2012-2013, Racism and related discriminatory practices in employment in Ireland.

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