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. 


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.


Front of House Co Ordinator – Jo Karasinski

Jo joined the team in November 21, after working in a safeguarding role with local vulnerable families for last 5 years, she decided to return to the world of theatre.

Jo brings with her a strong community engagement background and volunteer management experience and, a drive for creating an outstanding customer experience. Jo has previously worked as a Front of House Supervisor at The Corn Exchange, Newbury for nearly 11 years and worked in a variety of local bars and events in a supervisory capacity.

Jo has a passion that the arts should be accessible to all, children and young people in particular and will support Arlington Arts embed all it has to offer into the local community.


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 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.


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.