Board of Directors

Claire Gately

Chair and Non-executive Director at Abbey Capital

Claire Gately is Chair and a Non-executive Director of Abbey Capital.

Claire joined Abbey Capital in 2000 and held various roles in finance, back office and compliance, including the role of Director of Compliance of Abbey Capital.  Claire was appointed as an executive director in 2002, before moving to the role of Non-executive director of Abbey Capital in 2013. Claire was appointed Chair in December 2021.

Claire has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, 8 in banking and 18 in managed futures, with the latter focused on regulation and fund structuring. Claire began her career with IIB Bank, gaining legal and credit experience.  Claire then moved to Bank of Ireland (Corporate Banking, Dublin) as a lending executive, specializing in corporate and project finance deals. She then joined KBC Finance Ireland as a Project Finance Manager (where she specialized in Telecom Finance syndicated deals).

Claire graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a Bachelors degree in Commerce and a Masters degree in Finance. Claire is a registered Principal of Abbey Capital.

Tony Gannon

Founder and Chief Investment Officer at Abbey Capital

Prior to founding Abbey Capital, Tony was a co-founder of Allied Irish Capital Management (AICM), a Dublin-based CTA, in conjunction with Allied Irish Banks.

He helped to grow AICM to become one of the largest European CTAs, with funds under management growing from an initial $50 million to in excess of $1.4 billion.

Tony has more than 25 years’ investment experience in the managed futures industry. He is recognized and acknowledged as a leader in the industry globally. He is a regular guest speaker at alternative investment industry conferences.

Tony graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters in Business Studies with Finance from University College Dublin, Ireland.

Mick Swift

Chief Executive Officer at Abbey Capital

Mick Swift is Chief Executive Officer of Abbey Capital.

Mick is responsible for delivering on the strategic goals of the company, oversees the operations on a day to day basis and is a member of the Investment Committee. He is a Director of Abbey Capital and its holding company Cavendish Capital.

Mick was promoted to CEO in December 2019 after holding the role of Deputy CEO and Director of Research since 2012. He joined the company in 2002.

Prior to joining Abbey Capital, Mick was a Director at Allied Irish Capital Management (AICM) in Dublin from 1998 to 2002. While at AICM, he worked in a trading capacity as well as on product research and risk management. Previously, Mick was Head of FX and European Interest Rate Trading at Bank of Ireland Global Markets in Dublin from 1997 to 1998. From 1994 to 1997 Mick was Treasurer and EVP at Bank of Ireland’s New York Branch, where he ran the trading and sales operation. In 1992, he became Head of Irish Interest Rate Trading at the bank after time spent trading forward foreign exchange. Mick joined the Treasury Division of Bank of Ireland in 1984.

Mick graduated with a B Comm degree from NUIG Galway in 1983 and holds an ACMA qualification.

David McCarthy

Non-executive Director at Abbey Capital

David McCarthy is a Non-executive Director of Abbey Capital.

David is a prominent figure in the alternative investment business with a distinguished track record of investment management since 1977. David has extensive experience in the managed futures industry and is a respected educator and commentator on the industry.

David is Principal of D.F. McCarthy LLC, an advisory firm based in the U.S. In 2002 David co-founded Martello Investment Management L.P. From 1994 to 2000, David was an Investment Manager for Global Asset Management (GAM) where he managed GAM’s trading funds of funds. He has served in various investment and management roles with Atlantic Philanthropies, Rayner and Stonington, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. and McKinsey & Co.

David has taught finance and investments at Skidmore College and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in the U.S., and University College Dublin in Ireland, and he currently holds an adjunct faculty position at University College Cork. He is the author of a number of academic articles on managed futures.

David holds a Ph.D. from University College Dublin, an MBA from Stanford University, and a BA from the University of New Hampshire.

Conor Brosnan

Non-executive Director at Abbey Capital

Conor Brosnan is a Non-executive Director of Abbey Capital.

Conor joined Abbey Capital in 2001 and was the Head of Research from 2008 until 2014. After 15 years in the investment management industry, Conor left Abbey Capital in 2014 to take an executive role in Small Foundation where he has been CEO since early 2018, having been a founding member and director since 2007. Small Foundation is an Irish-registered charity whose mission is to catalyse income-generating opportunities for extremely poor people in rural sub-Saharan Africa.

Conor graduated from University College Dublin with an MBS in Finance and also holds a BA in English and History from Trinity College, Dublin.

Conor Brosnan joined the Board of Abbey Capital and its parent company Cavendish Capital in December 2021.