Meet The Team

The Team

Director – Tony Trigwell-Jones

Tony has worked in Arts Management for over 20 years, in which time he has programmed events for a range of venues and demographics, primarily as Artistic Director of Arlington Arts, as well as within The Corn Exchange, Newbury. It was at the latter that he led on brand development and marketing for the critically acclaimed Newbury Comedy Festival.

As a theatre practitioner Tony has lectured internationally on ensemble theatre and clowning, and he is the Drama Teacher at Mary Hare School.

Tony has written, directed and produced theatre and comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for over 16 years, in which time his productions have consistently garnered four and five-star reviews in the festival and national press, as well as winning a Three Weeks Editor’s Choice Award and a Broadway Baby BOBBY.

While continuing to manage the live and corporate events programme at Arlington Arts, Tony is also part of the Site Management Team and is consulting on long term projects for the Snelsmore site.


Operations 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 our accounts and facilities bookings, 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.


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 Officer – 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.


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.