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Oakfield Local Governing Body

Welcome to Governance at Oakfield Primary Academy


Please see below details of The Golden Thread Alliance's governance arrangements along with information for each of our Governors who has served at any point over the past 12 months and, where applicable, their full name, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down, who appointed them, and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions. This information complies with the requirements of the Academy Trust Handbook and the Academy Trust Governance Guide.


The Chair of the Board of Trustees is Philip Vander Gucht

The Accounting Officer of the Trust is Garry Ratcliffe, Chief Executive Officer

The Chair of the Local Governing Body is Adam Legah

The Named Safeguarding Governor is Julie McCullie


The purpose of Trust governance is:


  • strategic leadership
  • accountability and assurance
  • strategic engagement

Details of the Members, Board of Trustees, the Articles of Association, Scheme of Delegation and Financial Accounts of the Trust can be viewed via the following link to The Golden Thread Alliance Trust website:

The Golden Thread Alliance - Governance (


Contact for the Local Governing Body:

Meet our Governors


Yannick Buditu (Board Appointed Governor)

I am a Head of Year at a secondary school in London and have been there for 5 years. My experience of working with young people and students vary within the field of education, youth offending, church and youth work.  

If I could pick any the 3 most important values/parts of my life, it would be the following: 

Faith, Family, Food.  

Faith is an important part of who I am, it keeps me grounded and allows me an express a hope that goes beyond the conscious mind.  

Family means everything to me; I am happily married and I am looking forward to starting a family of my own at some point.  

Food! Wow, where do I start, I love eating. If someone wants to be on my good side, offer me food!


Gemma Chan (LGB Appointed Governor) Kaur-Gill
Headteacher and ex-officio Governor


Lively, enthusiastic and passionate is how I would describe myself. My name is Mrs Kaur-Gill and I have been teaching at Oakfield since 2008.  I come from a large family of which many are also teachers.


As much as I love working with children, I also enjoy watching and playing sports such as netball, cricket, volley ball and football (I am a Man U supporter) as well as travelling and socialising with family and friends.


To find out more, come visit me in my classroom where you’ll see humour, happiness and hard-working children!


Adam Legah (Parent Governor and Chair)


Julie McCullie (Board Appointed Governor)

I work as a PMO Manager for a large Housing Association, based mainly in London and the South East. I have over 10 years experience within the housing sector, mainly within projects and transformation where I focus on planning and assurance. I have 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.


I have one son who previously attended Oakfield and I enjoy being involved in his education.  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 is 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 am 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.


Joanne Murrock (Staff Governor)

I joined The Galaxy Trust in 2015, working in the school office and extended services.  I am currently the School Business Manager at Oakfield Primary Academy which I am enjoying very much. My main responsibilities are ensuring the business support teams throughout the school run smoothly to ensure that we provide a professional, comprehensive service to the whole school community as well as continuing to keep school site compliant and safe environment to work and learn in.  I am married and have 2 teenage daughters who previously attended Temple Hill Primary Academy and have since both succeeded well within their career journeys, in which I am very proud mum.


As a Staff Governor, I am keen to ensure that the views of the staff, the governors, the parents and, most importantly, the children are shared and valued.


Nichola Perez (Board Appointed Governor)



Frederick Sarpong (Parent Governor)


John Taiwo (Parent Governor)



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