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Emma Taylor

Chair of Local Governing Board

Occupational Background: Previously I have worked in retail as well as a variety of different administration roles in various companies.

I’m also a fully qualified riding instructor and have been working with horses for over twenty years.


About me/Special Interests: I am a parent of 2 children, my son who was previously at Oakfield is now at Wilmington Grammar and my daughter is currently in year 6 at Oakfield.
I enjoy being actively involved in my childrens' school life and over the last 8 years I have been involved in different ways ranging from helping with the OPA to now being part of the team developing the Local Governing Board for Oakfield.
As a parent I am looking for primary education to be a vibrant and engaging learning experience to encourage children to grow in confidence as individuals alongside stretching their academic abilities.
I look forward to working with all the team at Oakfield to create the best possible conditions for learning and progress in all areas.

Julie Mccullie

Occupational Background:

I currently work as PMO Manager for a large Housing Association, based mainly in London and the South East. I have nearly 10 years experience within the housing sector, mainly within projects and transformation where I focus on planning and assurance. I've also worked within governance and audit, as well as procurement. Prior to this, I worked for a number of property companies, including international surveyors and letting agents.


About me / Special interests:

I have one son who previously attended Oakfield and is now at Wilmington Academy.

I enjoy being involved in my son's education and as Oakfield gave him such a great start, it feels good to be able to give something back! My son is borderline ASD and the staff at Oakfield were particularly supportive when he was attending tests prior to his diagnosis and supporting him once we had identified his needs. From my experience as a parent, I feel it's so important that a primary education is engaging for every child so they can grow in confidence and challenge themselves, whatever their personal circumstances.

I also take a keen interest in Safeguarding, both in my professional life through the work my company does caring for vulnerable adults and through to my role as a governor. I'm looking forward to working with the team at Oakfield to ensure that every child feels supported throughout their time at primary school and achieves all they can.

Gary Fairman

I'm a Dad to two girls (8 and 5) who both attend Oakfield School. They also happen to be two of the most interesting people I've ever met (apart from their Mum of course).

I work as a graphic design project manager in a small design team at the heart of a big corporate firm. I'm lucky enough to be able to work from home a couple of days a week, so I can do the school run and have dinner with the kids.

I'm passionate about family, vinyl records, trying and failing to get fit, especially by bike -- although these days I'm more likely to be running beside one of my daughters' bikes as I hold them upright!

I joined the school's local governing board to make a contribution to the local community as we raise our family. I'm learning lots of new things which is challenging and inspiring at the same time.


Amanda Pauvaday

My two boys joined Oakfield when they were in Years 1 and 2 from previously being in Switzerland. Finding a new school when they were already well and truly settled at school was a daunting prospect. When visiting Oakfield I was immediately struck by the warmth of the children and staff and was impressed by the school’s ethos and dedication to inclusion and opportunities for all, an ideal that, in my view, is important to meet. I knew straightaway that this would be the right move for the boys.


I myself attended primary and secondary school in Dartford and so being part of the LGB as a parent governor has allowed me to contribute to a community that I know well. I have an interest in inclusion and SEND provision within the school, across the Galaxy Trust and in education as a whole.


I currently work as a civil servant and also as a freelance copy-editor. I previously worked as an international civil servant within the UN system, and prior to that I worked for an international publishing company. I have also had the opportunity to run a local community‑based business.

Garry Ratcliffe
Executive Headteacher, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Accounting Officer (AO)

I am delighted to continue my role as Executive Headteacher of Oakfield Primary Academy and Temple Hill 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 Oakfield!


Lisa Carter

I qualified at the University of Greenwich in 1998 as a teacher (BEd) enabling me to teach 3 – 11 years. Over the years, I have worked in different boroughs, in both KS1 and KS2. Education is my passion and I have experienced a diverse academic range, from inner city schools to more rural locations. I am currently working as an EYFS Teacher in the Bexley Borough.

  1. am a mother to three children who all attended Oakfield Primary Academy, they thoroughly enjoyed their time at Oakfield and the many opportunities provided by the school. They each benefitted from an inclusive and all rounded education.

I am truly passionate about the education that children receive and have a desire to ensure that every child gets the best possible opportunities to succeed and become life-long learners.

I feel very privileged and am looking forward to working alongside the Local Governing Board for Oakfield and I am supportive of the work and vision of the school. I believe that every child matter and frankly there is nothing more important than education.