Lise Bell has been announced as executive director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, the first leadership appointment made by artistic director Ellen McDougall.
Bell replaces Jo Royce, who has been at the Gate since 2016 and who leaves to join Candoco Dance Company as executive director.
Bell will be working alongside McDougall as joint chief executive when she joins the west London theatre on August 27.
She has previously worked at the Bush Theatre, where she led on the development of its studio space and its year of off-site programming in 2016. She also set up a female-led new writing company, PaperMash, which produces touring shows.
Bell said: “I love the Gate for its truly international outlook and hugely ambitious team of staff and artists, and will ensure that our work continues to look outwards, and engages in an international conversation: nurturing, presenting, and celebrating a multiplicity of voices and stories in the Gate’s intimate and ever shape shifting space.”