Creative Associates

Our Creative Associates are amazing dedicated and talented arts practitioners of all forms: musicians, actors, painters, sculptors, film-makers, singers, comedians. All excellent communicators enthusiastic about sharing their talents and skills to inspire others to develop and reach their potential.

If you have skills and talents that you would like to share, send a CV or short resume of your work and experience to and we’ll arrange to meet.


Paul Jones

My specialist skills are Mixing, Mastering, Sound Design, Synth Programmer.  In the 00’s I  produced some classic jungle and breakcore tracks and played frequently around the UK and Europe under the name MDS.  I have worked with a wide range of students from young offenders institutes, the PRU (pupils referral unit), National Autistic Society, Crisis and with CCA.

Tom Elsey

 I am a skilled and experienced Audio Engineer and Music Production/Recording Techniques Tutor, a Graduate of Anglia Ruskin University (1st Class Honours, BSc Audio and Music Technology with Electronics). I have been involved in recording and producing music for many years and has previously run a small Recording Studio in the centre of Cambridge. When I’m not teaching, I split my time between Audio Electronics Projects, Road Cycling and Whitewater Kayaking.

Natasha Day

Moving overseas to live in Australia in 2008 had a massive creative impact for me. I joined an intuitively led abstract painting group which opened up a whole new painting experience rooted in spontaneity and the subconscious. Leading art sessions to encourage people to rediscover their creativity and confidence is a passion of mine and it is unsurprising to me that people who have no idea of their abilities become inspired to create when given the right conditions. I am very interested in the deeper effects of art from a mental wellbeing perspective, having used art as a mental health nurse, there is a strong potential for personal growth using art and reflection.

Andy D’Cruz

I am a London based artist with over 20 years experience in improving life skills through creative art practices. My students range in age, background, experience and ambition, and I am well versed in bringing the best out of both groups and individuals. I have worked with corporate clients from a variety of sectors including architecture, design, media and IT and am experienced at delivering inspiring and powerful projects in this context. I have worked with organisations as diverse as Channel 4, the Hayward Gallery, and the NHS, as well as architectural practices such as Hawkins\Brown and Dalziela and Pow.


Tim Slater

A former professional music journalist, I made the switch to teaching guitar full time in 2013. I have taught guitar to adults at Cambridge-based charity Squeaky Gate and for CCA since 2014 whilst also working as a peripatetic guitar tutor at a number of schools. Available for private lessons. Qualifications: Grade 5 in Music Theory, Grade 8 in Electric Guitar from RGT. PTTLS Community Music Project Leader



Joe Ogborn

I am really enthusiastic about two things: music and teaching. I was fortunate enough to have parents who valued the art of learning to play a musical instrument. I started learning the piano when I was four. It wasn’t until my late teens that I began to love playing and developed the passion for the piano that I have now. A lot of this had to do with my music teacher. I teach piano and keyboard, drums, djembe, guitar, ukelele and music theory.



Marina Pallares Elias

I am an actress and social theatre practitioner, with over ten years’ experience of working around the world, using theatre as a tool for social transformation with people at risk of social exclusion. I have a wide range of experience developing performances within traveller communities, with adults with learning disabilities, people with mental health challenges, women, teenagers and refugees.  I have an MA in Dramatherapy (Anglia Ruskin University) and a degree in Acting and Social Education (Barcelona). Theatre and movement are my passions and I love to use them to help participants believe in and express themselves.