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Noel Lake

Chair of Trust

Type of trustee. Local Authority appointed in February 2012


Occupational background.  Teacher and headteacher in a neighbouring borough with 38 years experience. Presently a  part time tutor with the University of Greenwich and the Institute of Education.


Special Interest area. Special Educational Needs


 About me

My aim is to ensure that the children in the federation get an education of real quality, where they learn facts, skills and how to think and reason independently. I want them to be positive, socially responsible and fun loving!

I am  chair person of the Learning and Development committee which works with the school management to create the best conditions for learning and progress within the community.



Victoria Stretton 


Type of trustee.  Co-opted July 2014

Occupational background. I  hold a First Class degree in Professional Practice (Musical Theatre Education) at Middlesex University, and I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Currently I am Programme Leader for BA ( Hons ) Musical Theatre Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

 I have varied  experience within education and training, with particular interests in curriculum development, timetable management and leadership. I  have worked across a range of educational sectors  with children from 3 years old through to adults and young professionals.

Special Interest area.

The most able and those with a particular gift or talent.

About me.
I am passionate about education at all levels, and am committed to the development of learning environments that allow all children to reach their full potential, and encourage the pursuit of excellence, whilst developing confidence, passion and embracement of all aspects of school life.
I currently have three children at Oakfield in years 1, 4 and 6.

I am  a member of the Learning and Development committee which works with the school management to create the best conditions for learning and progress within the community.


Kevin Lapwood

Type of trustee. Parent Trustee, originally appointed to Temple Hill school in October 2009  as part of the Interim Executive Board when the school was in special measures. I was part of the team that was set up to recruit a new Head Teacher and appointed Mr Ratcliffe as Executive Head. I was Vice Chair at Temple Hill for a year. When the Galaxy Federation was formed I became a member of the combined Governing Body.


Occupational background.  I worked for the Civil Service in central London for 34 years in a variety of roles. I now work for Bexley Council as a clerk to Governing Bodies in Bexley schools.


Special Interest area. Health and Safety. I have 10 years experience in building management and health and safety in the Civil Service. I also spent 15 years as an IT services manager and have a keen interest in IT.

I am currently a member of the Resource committee.


About me.  My son attended Temple Hill school until 2013, but I have remained as a Trustee.



David Taffs

Type of trustee. Co-opted Trustee.


Occupational background.  32 years as a Public Sector Accountant and Manager, 6 years as Public Sector Consultant, now retired.


Special Interest area. Looked After Children


About me. My aim is to ensure that all our children get the best education that we can provide and that what we provide is the best. I have been associated with Oakfield for many years. My wife taught in the old Infant School for 20 years and I became a Governor there about twelve years ago.

I have remained a Governor through the amalgamation of Infant and Junior schools and the creation of the Federation with Temple Hill.

I am currently Chair of the Resources Committee and  take a particular  interest in Looked After Children, having previously taken governor lead on NQT support and Early Years at different times. We have three grown up daughters who all still live in Wilmington. All our four grandchildren are currently at Oakfield.




Louise Neaves

Trustee & Teacher (at Temple Hill)

Type of trustee. Staff Trustee appointed September 2016


Occupational background.  Teaching Assistant and Teacher


About me.

I have had the pleasure of being a part of the staff at both Temple Hill and Oakfield for a total of 8 years.  It was while working here that I have realised my ambition of becoming a teacher and have worked with a fantastically supportive team throughout.  My aim is ensure that children enjoy school and develop a lifetime love of learning, being taught by teachers who are knowledgeable, passionate and supportive as well as being supported in their role.

I am  a member of the Learning and Development  committee which works with the school management to create the best conditions for learning and progress within the community.


Juli Dosad

Type of trustee. Co-opted


Occupational background.

 I am an experienced practitioner and accomplished graphic recorder and illustrator. I work creatively with young people, whole communities, organisations and individual teams, to deliver specific and targeted outcomes.


Special Interest area.

 I have taken a special interest in extended schools – the way the Federation works within the community.


About me. 

I love spending time with my family and am married with four children, three of which are now grown up and have moved away to lead full lives of their own. 

I am committed to ensuring,through my work, that communities and individuals are given opportunities to exert real influence over shaping their future, improving services and creating positive change.

I am  a member of the Learning and Development  committee which works with the school management to create the best conditions for learning and progress within the community.

I feel privileged to be a School Governor and am excited about working with The Galaxy Federation.


Ayotola Tiamiyu

Type of Trustee: Co-opted in September 2014


Occupational background: Chartered Accountant and Internal Auditor in a FTSE 100 Bank.


Special Interest Area: Equality and Community


About Me:I have 2 daughters, one in Year 4 and another in Nursery in Dartford. My aim is to work with the Federation and support the schools in creating an enabling environment for the children to be inspired and support them to maximize their potential. I believe every child in the community deserves a champion and I will like to work with the School Management to achieve this vision.

I am currently a member of the Resource committee which works with the school management to optimise the use of available resources.

Emma Taylor

Type of trustee: Parent trustee


Occupational Background: Previously I have worked in retail and administration roles for a number of companies.

I am also a fully qualified riding instructor and have worked with horses for nearly 20 years.


About me/Special Interests: I am a parent of 2 children at Oakfield (currently years 3 and 5) who have been at Oakfield since reception class. I am also actively involved in the newly formed Oakfield Parents’ Association. Early Years education is something I am particularly interested in. I feel it is most important to make each child’s experience of primary education a vibrant and exciting learning experience. As a parent I am  looking for primary education to encourage the children to grow in confidence as individuals  alongside their academic abilities. As part of the Learning and Development Committee I am looking forward to working with the school management teams to create the best conditions for learning and progress within both schools and their communities.

Gavin Power

Type of trustee - Co-opted trustee

Occupational background – I am currently the Customer Service Director for the Times Educational Supplement publication  and have worked for the company for 26 years.

Special interests – Sports within the Federation

About me - I am married and have two children at Temple Hill in years 1 and 3.

My children thoroughly enjoy life at Temple Hill and I believe the level of teaching that they receive is excellent.  What also comes to light is their manners and behaviour which shine through and this is a credit to all staff at Temple Hill


I am the assistant manager of an Under 8’s football team for Fleetdown United in Heath Road Dartford, and find this a really fulfilling and part of my life.  To see the way the team improves with our coaching week after week is a rewarding experience.

Sport was a major part of my life during my school years and I feel it is so important to have this in your school life and for everyone to be involved no matter what your abilities are. Friendships built during these sports can last a lifetime.

I am also a member of the Resource committee.

Garry Ratcliffe

Type of Trustee: Co-opted


Occupational background: Executive Headteacher, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Accounting Officer (AO)


About me: I am delighted to continue my role as Executive Headteacher of Temple Hill Primary Academy and Oakfield Primary Academy - now part of The Galaxy Trust.  As I begin my ninth year as Executive Head of Oakfield and my fifth year as Executive Head of Temple Hill, I continue to be incredibly proud of our pupils and the many achievements they make on a daily basis whilst studying at our schools.


Many of you will already know that I have a very special family myself…  Myself and my partner have four children – three of them with complex health and learning needs.  They are an immense joy but I have to confess that our fourth child who others would call “mainstream” is the hardest work of all!  We have adopted our children and so I feel I have a good understanding of issues faced by children living in care or who have been adopted, as well as children with special educational needs.


I am currently Chair of The Kent Association of Headteachers, North Board, which places me in a good position to promote the excellent work of our schools. I look forward to another exciting year at Temple Hill!

Anne Malling
Clerk to the trustees