Our team

We know the arts, cultural, creative, public, private, and academic sectors

We are a small team with lots of experience who get things done by expanding to work with a whole bunch of different Colluders on a case-by-case basis.

Rachel Drury, Director & Co-founder 

Rachel is a creative producer, fundraiser and strategist who leads on Collusion’s forward strategy, funding raising, and partnership development. For 15 years, Rachel worked at a senior level for Arts Council England contributing to strategic developments such as the shared prospectus with EEDA and national programmes including The Space. Since leaving in 2013, she’s raised in excess of £2.5m for a range of arts projects.

Simon Poulter, Director & Co-founder

Simon is an artist and curator who leads on Collusion’s creative activities. He has developed projects and programmes for a number of key arts organisations nationally, including FACT, Watershed, and AND Festival. Simon was associate curator at Metal, where he devised various projects, including NetPark. Simon has exhibited work at the Whitechapel Art Gallery and MIMA in Middlesborough.

Rich Hall, Project Manager – Technology

Rich has a wide interest in creative technology, working to realise our projects and support the artists we work with. He is experienced in devising, delivering, and supporting a broad range of technology systems. Prior to working at Collusion, he was IT applications architect at Cambridgeshire County Council, working across a diverse range of projects, systems, and communities.

Michelle Brace, Creative Producer

Michelle is a freelance producer working with Collusion to deliver our project activities, including Maker Takeover and Minecraft Wisbech. Michelle produces amazing creative technology projects for young people, including Sonic Pi: Live & Coding for Cambridge Junction and Ready Player One in Haverhill.

Alex Byford, Project Assistant

Alex helps to organise Collusion’s events. He is a scientist with events experience, also working as a casual at Cambridge Junction.