Staff and Board of Trustees

The driving force behind The Kenton.

Management Team

Lottie Pheasant, Theatre Manager

Lindsey Bowden, Audience Experience Manager

David Riley, Technical Manager

Kerry Hood, Marketing Manager

Ron McAllister, Artistic Programme Manager

Meet our Trustees

Tara Macleod, Chair

Elected as a Trustee in July 2023 and elected as Chair in August 2023, Tara is an expert in marketing, marketing strategy, consumer insight and behaviour change. She has extensive research, marcomms and product development experience and has worked both agency and client side. She loves theatre and first attended a live performance on Broadway when she was 8 years old and has been hooked ever since.

Sarah Bell

Sarah works at The Henley Practice and is the writer half of local author/illustrator duo, Sutherland Bell. As a parent, Sarah has been involved in the theatre with Stageworks, Henley Youth Festival, the Drama Festival, and the innovative Acorn Music Theatre Company. She is serving her second term as a trustee.

Julie Huntington

Frequently seen on stage in Henley, Julie has directed many award-winning shows, including Mary Blandy – A Retrial which dramatizes the life of Henley’s most notorious murderess (and who is said to haunt the Theatre). She is proud to be part of the team helping to keep The Kenton, one of the most important local landmarks, working.

Laura Law

Laura is Head of Legal for a global telecoms company based in Hurley and the Kenton has been part of her life from performing when she was at school, to hosting the Henley Youth Festival each year for which she has been the Chair since 2021. Laura was elected a trustee in July 2023.

Steph Maxwell

Steph’s background is Performing Arts having started dancing at 3 years old and at 18, she then trained at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey. Steph is the owner of the dance company, Divas and Dudes. She is also involved with the Henley Youth Festival running the Variety show which is staged at The Kenton. Steph also performs the role of volunteer training and coordinator with a focus on the ushers. Steph was elected a Trustee in May 2022.

Dennis Oliver

Dennis worked for a US multinational holding board positions in engineering, finance and general management. He is passionate about keeping local communities strong and ensuring amenities are on a sound financial footing to thrive into the future. Dennis was co-opted onto the board in August 2023.

Fiona Sanderson

Fiona’s passion for the theatre started at an early age when she attended Flavia Pickworth’s Kenton Theatre Children’s Group. This was followed by several years at the Arts Educational School in London studying dance and drama. She has a thorough knowledge of the arts, in a distinguished career in TV and film spanning some 25 years, working as a business leader, journalist and filmmaker. Fiona was elected a trustee in July 2023.

Tony Sanderson

Tony is a chartered accountant with extensive business, commercial and not-for-profit experience. He qualified with a major accountancy firm and was finance director of several businesses.

He has been a consultant to a variety of clients most recently in the “not-for-profit” sector, is a trustee and ex-treasurer of the Acorn Theatre, a director of the Henley Golf Club and a former Governor and Chair of Finance for Henley College. A Henley resident for over 35 years, he knows what a small business with slender resources is up against and we are very lucky to have him on board.

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