Meet The Team

The Team

General Manager – Maternity Cover – Helen Cundy

Helen has a background in community arts and arts development, having worked in venues, for festivals and in outdoor events over the past 25 years. 

Originally studying dance, she has gone on to work across all art forms, for organisations including  Pavilion Dance South West, Gateshead Council, Woking Dance Festival, Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey Arts and Southwark Council. She has produced many projects and events, which have included 1800 children and young people performing at the Royal Albert Hall; promenade dance performances on Bournemouth beach (and in a beach hut; a light and sound installation for Olympics 2012 Torch relay celebrations in Guildford and an outdoor contemporary circus performance in Dulwich Park. Most recently she was managing Forest Arts Centre and Ashcroft Arts Centre for Hampshire Cultural Trust. 


General Manager – Emily McAuley 

Emily has worked in operations within the leisure and entertainment industries for almost five years, encompassing Liberty Ballroom, David Lloyd Gyms and here at Arlington Arts.

As well as managing all aspects relating to Arlington Arts, Emily is also a professional dancer and teacher, having recently performed at Resolutions at The Place, London. Emily is Company Director for West Berkshire’s Ace Dance Company, teaching their juniors and the main company.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.


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.


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.

Sales & Marketing Manager – Dean Kingston

Dean has booked and promoted live music in both Reading and Southampton in the past five years. He did so whilst achieving First Class Honours in his Music Promotion degree and gaining invaluable experience as Stage Manager and Artist Liaison at festivals Rookwood and Bestival respectively. At Arlington Arts he aids in the promotion and marketing of the venue and its events. Dean recently taken over the programming for the Autumn-Winter 2019 season after the departure of Tony Trigwell-Jones. 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.


Events Coordinator – Rosanna Hudd-Smith

Rosanna joined Arlington Arts in May 2019 as Events Coordinator. She has worked within the performing arts industry ever since graduating from The Arden School of Theatre with a BA Honours degree in Musical Theatre. Rosanna also looks after the events at Mill Hall, which include Weddings, parties, corporate bookings. She is very much looking forward to organising new events for people to enjoy both at Arlington Arts and Mill Hall.

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.


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 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.