Meet The Team

The Team

Director -Sherrell Perkin

Sherrell studied Drama and English at the University of Hull (a long time ago!) and has a background in arts education and venue management stretching back over 30 years. She has worked in management positions within venues in Essex, London, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire, and, after studying for a PGCE led Education departments within numerous professional venues and producing theatre and opera companies. Most recently, she spent 7 ½ years as General Manager at the North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford, also based on a school campus – so she is well-versed in managing the shared needs of a hybrid venue such as Arlington Arts Centre. Having just done a stint as a philanthropy fundraiser at Oxfam, Sherrell is delighted to be re-joining the sector as Arlington’s new Director – and hugely excited to be working in such a beautiful venue, serving Newbury’s diverse cultural communities.

Technical Manager – Vicky Allen

Vicky trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, gaining a 2:2 degree in Theatre Performance Technology. Since graduating she has worked with a wide range of professional companies as both Lighting Designer and Technical Manager. Current companies include ACE Dance Studios, Luke Brown Dance Company, West Berkshire Ballet School and Newbury Youth Theatre. Before joining the team at Arlington Arts Centre, Vicky was the Projectionist and part of the Casual Technical Team at the Corn Exchange in Newbury.

E-mail: v.allen@arlingtonarts.co.uk

Front of House Co-ordinator – Ellie Points

Ellie recently took over Front of House after Jo Karasinski left in July 2022, while simultaneously being in charge of stock and posters at Vue Cinema. Ellie has a passion for the arts and a special love for ballet, thanks to 8 years of training in her adolescence.

Email: e.points@arlingtonarts.co.uk

Arts Centre Assistant – Patricia Sears

Patricia joined AAC in January 18, having previously worked for the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. Before this, she was a teacher for many years, teaching piano and music in the curriculum, but decided to make a career change into arts administration via volunteering at Dartington and the Flavel Centre, Dartmouth. She is also an assistant for the newly-established Chiltern Arts Festival. Although her background is in classical music, she loves music of many genres and the performing arts in general. As a graduate of Reading University, she is very happy to be back in Berkshire for the next chapter of her life.

Email: p.sears@arlingtonarts.co.uk

Sound Engineer – Gareth Binnie

Gareth graduated a level 3 productions Arts BTEC in 2017 at Kingston College having discovered his love for live sound engineering. Gareth is bilingual English and French having lived in France from age 1 to 19. Before going back into education, he had already worked in the entertainment industry as a technical manager for a French night club. Whilst studying he worked for the Acoustic Couch in Bracknell working with numerous artists and bands. When not working for Arlington Arts he also works for bands such as Crazy Diamond, Edgar and the Raven and The Prog rock show. He also is the front of house engineer for festivals such as Marvellous festival (WMC stage), Caversham Rock & Ale festival and Penn Meadow festival.

E-mail: g.binnie@arlingtonarts.co.uk

Sales & Marketing Manager – Dean Kingston

At Arlington Arts, Dean manages the programming and marketing of the venue and its events. Dean took on the responsibility of programming after Tony Trigwell-Jones left in October 2018. He has also helped on the fundraising side of things at Mary Hare, designing the website for the Pippa Middleton and Sophie Ryder Hare Sculpture campaign.

E-mail: d.kingston@arlingtonarts.co.uk

Event Staff

We also have a team of dedicated casual workers who you will have seen on the box office or working at the bar at events. If you would like to work for us on the bar or as a Duty Manager at events, you can visit the vacancies page. Alternatively e-mail admin@arlingtonarts.co.uk to find out more information.

Our events also would not run smoothly without our volunteer stewards. If you are interested in becoming a steward, you can visit the volunteering page.