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Deborah Gallagher

Central Hall Venues appoints new head of venue for Nicolson Square Edinburgh

Central Hall Venues (CHV) has appointed Deborah Gallagher as head of venue for its newly launched UK wide site, Nicolson Square Edinburgh (NSE).

Edinburgh born and raised Gallagher will head up the events team at NSE, which offers five spaces in the venue housed within the City of Edinburgh’s Methodist Church.

NSE was launched as a new site for conferences and events by CHV in March and was the first in CHV’s programme to support and manage similar venues to its own Central Hall Westminster, which has been run as a conference and events centre in central London for over 20 years. 

In the newly created role Gallagher will be responsible for managing conferences, meetings, seminars, training sessions, musical and arts performances as well as filming for TV and the big screen.

Before joining NSE, Gallagher was general manager at the Creative Arts Quarter, known as Farnham Maltings – a complex comprising a theatre, cinema and conference centre.

One of the highlights of Gallagher’s 25-year career was running a celebration festival for 3,000 people to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Farnham Maltings.  Previously she worked at the 650-seat Theatre Royal Windsor as operations and house manager.

Gallagher said: “The venue has a fantastic vibe for conferences, events and arts-related functions with the flexibility needed in these times as we adapt to the new normal.

“I am really looking forward to developing the team here and getting events going again with all the tools and procedures available for a safe and secure venue.

“We are working steadily to ensure we progress effectively and welcome people back to our building with confidence, while listening to our clients’ needs. Being born and bred in Edinburgh, it holds a very special place for me. I’ve been to every Fringe Festival over the years and love the culture of Scottish arts and crafts.”