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.


Front of House Co-ordinator – Ellie Points

Ellie most recently took over as Front of House Co Ordinator in November 2022. She has a long history with art, dance, and theatre, owing to 8 years of ballet training at a local musical theatre school, and qualifications in all 3. Having performed at Arlington Arts in her adolescence, she is excited to be back, from the other side of the desk!


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.


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.


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.


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.