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The Galaxy Trust

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 trust 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

Vice-chair of Trust

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.


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.

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 Teaching and Learning committee which works with the school management to optimise the use of available resources.

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!

Adrian Denny
Adrian lives in the Dartford area and is married with three children. After graduating from Durham University with an honours degree in law, Adrian qualified as a solicitor and has spent the last 20 years working in the city. He has a very strong interest and passion for education as a means of inspiring children to rise to the best of their abilities and make the very best use of their inherent natural talents. He has been actively involved in recruitment and mentoring programmes as well holding various senior managerial positions. Adrian was elected as a Co-opted Governor in December 2015.

Vicki Dennis

Vicki grew up and still lives in Dartford meaning that she has a comprehensive understanding of the local community.  Her working role has meant that she has spent 10 years in North Kent working closely with partner agencies such as Health, Children Services and Police.  She has two children at West Hill Primary School and is committed to working with the Governing Body and the school to ensure there is robust challenge, creating a healthier partnership.

Hannah Delany

Hannah works in the Human Resource arena, specialising in Talent Management and Workforce Planning. Dartford has been home for the last 8 years and she has two children at West Hill Primary School. Hannah has a firm commitment to the role of the Governor believing that the Primary school years are the most important in a child’s education and ultimately shapes their future.

Tom Wheelan


Anne Mailing