The Gate Theatre announces two new appointments to its Board

The Gate Theatre is pleased to announce two new appointments to its Board: FIONA GALLAGHER and CONOR ROCHE.



FIONA GALLAGHER is CEO of Wells Fargo International Bank UC (WFBI). WFBI provides support and services to Wells Fargo’s clients in all European Union and European Economic Area countries. WFBI is a critical part of Wells Fargo’s European and international operations and Fiona joined in October 2019.

In March 2023, Fiona was appointed as President of the Institute of Bankers. In 2022, she was named by Financial News as one of the top 100 most influential women in finance. She also recently served as the first female Chair of the Federation of International Banks (2020-2022).

Prior to Wells Fargo, she was Deutsche Bank’s Global Head of Securities Services, and also Chief Country Officer for Deutsche Bank Ireland. At Deutsche, Fiona was responsible for the strategy and operations of the bank’s Global Securities Services division across 30 markets, as well as the 650 person operations, data and technology site in Ireland. Fiona joined Deutsche Bank in 2004 and held a number of leadership roles including Head of EMEA Coverage for GTB focused on priority financial institutions, Global Head of Relationship Management and Global Head of Private Placements for Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions covering both corporate and financial clients. She served on the Transaction Banking Executive Committee for Deutsche Bank, as well as the Euroclear and Clearstream Client Advisory Boards. Previously Fiona worked in Debt Capital Markets for both Merrill Lynch and Barclays Capital in New York and London.

Fiona sits on several industry boards including the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, the National Council of Employers and the Financial Services Steering committee for the 30% Club. Fiona was Global Custodian’s Industry Person of the Year in 2019. Under her leadership, the Securities Services team was awarded the “Best Securities Services Provider” by The Banker in 2018. Fiona graduated from University College Dublin (Ireland) with a Bachelor of Civil Law, and earned a postgraduate qualification in Business Studies with First Class Honours from the Business School at University College Dublin. She recently completed a diploma in Sustainable Finance, also from University College Dublin. Speaking about her appointment, Fiona Gallagher said, ‘I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be joining the Board of the Gate Theatre. The Gate has such a long and proud history and with Róisín and Colm leading the charge the future is very exciting. I am so delighted to be able to begin to make a contribution.’



CONOR ROCHE advises international governments and arts organisations on large-scale cultural infrastructure projects and innovation in culture. Conor has worked on some of the world’s most significant cultural infrastructure projects, including the West Kowloon Cultural District, NEOM, and the Shanghai West Bund Cultural Corridor.

His work on innovation includes assessing the impact of AI on the Creative Industries for the European Commission, evaluating the Audience of the Future Immersive Technologies Fund for the UK government and designing a framework for developing creative technologies with UK Research and Innovation. Conor was previously the Head of Digital at Roundhouse, London.

Speaking about his appointment, Conor Roche said, ‘Few places in Ireland are more culturally and artistically rich than North Inner City Dublin. As the Gate embarks on the next chapter of its development, there is an exciting opportunity for the organisation to be a positive and progressive voice for young people in the community and to place the Gate at the centre of regeneration in the area.’ Peter Crowley, Chair of the Gate Board: ‘I am delighted to welcome both Fiona Gallagher and Conor Roche to the Board of the Gate. As well as bringing a passion for the Gate Theatre, both Fiona and Conor bring remarkable expertise from their respective fields in finance and arts strategy – both at home and overseas – that will be a valuable asset in the years to come.


Róisín McBrinn and Colm O’Callaghan, co-CEOs of the Gate Theatre: ‘We are really pleased Fiona and Conor are joining the Gate Board. Each brings invaluable skills in their fields, a significant commitment to theatre and its transformative power, and an energised approach to being a Gate Board member. We know they will extend our work at the Gate and help us to realise our vison of an Open Gate where every person has access to great theatre.’